Reviewed for Fourth Grade, 2008

Tiki Topple

This game is a blast! Using strategy and more than a little blind luck, players take turns trying to maneuver their given set of “tikis” to the top of the heap. Play is complicated by the presence of “Tiki Topple” and “Tiki Toast” cards, both of which can be used to knock one or more of a player's tikis to the bottom of the pile or out of play entirely. Points are determined and awarded by how many of your tikis make it to the top in each given round, and the game concludes when one player makes it all the way around the board. This fast-paced strategy game takes a mere 20 minutes or so to complete, and keeps kids mesmerized as they play Polynesian! (Gamewright, $15.99)