Ducks in Tow

In Ducks in Tow, players are tasked with leading ducks to their favorite locations in the park by feeding them their favorite food. As they feed the ducks, they start following the players, and it is up to them to guide them to their desired location.

1-4 players, ages 10+
Playing time: 30-60 minutes
Designer: Stephanie Kwok
Artwork: Andrew Bosley

Publisher: First Fish Games

🍃 The game is played over a series of turns, with each player taking up to four actions per turn. These actions include moving to adjacent tiles, collecting food, feeding ducks, and putting ducks into your tow. The game’s goal is to fulfill location cards by dropping off the ducks at their desired locations.

💡 One of the interesting mechanics in Ducks in Tow is the use of formation cards. Players can earn these transparent cards by meeting specific patterns of ducks on their completed location cards, and they are placed on top of your location cards to score bonus points. Players can also adopt ducks to fill empty spaces on their location cards to match the pattern on the formation cards.

🌳 At the game’s end, players count their points from formation cards and the most extended rows of ducks in each color on the location cards in front of them. The player with the most points wins! 🏆

🦆 Ducks in Tow is a fun and engaging board game perfect for families and casual gamers. The game’s pick-up-and-deliver mechanics, combined with its cute and whimsical theme, make for a unique and enjoyable gameplay experience.

🐤 One of the strengths of Ducks in Tow is its accessibility. The game’s rules are straightforward and easy to explain, and turns are quick, making it a game that players of all ages and skill levels can enjoy. The adorable duck animeeples and colorful location cards will surely attract kids and families to the game.

⛲ Despite its simple appearance, Ducks in Tow is surprisingly strategic. Players must decide how best to use their actions to collect food, feed ducks, and fulfill location cards, all while keeping an eye on their opponents and the formation cards they are collecting. This strategic element makes the game engaging and challenging, even for more experienced gamers.

🪟 The game’s use of formation cards is a unique mechanic that adds an extra layer of strategy to the game. Players must plan their moves carefully to meet the conditions for earning formation cards and their bonus points. Adopting ducks to match the patterns on formation cards adds another strategic layer to the game, giving players more opportunities to score points.

🖼️ The game’s components are also worth noting. The duck animeeples are adorable and add a whimsical touch to the game, and the location cards are colorful and well-designed. The formation cards are transparent, which adds to their unique look and feel.

💭 Overall, Ducks in Tow is a delightful and charming board game that is easy to learn but offers plenty of depth and strategy. The game’s cute theme and whimsical components will attract families and casual gamers, while its strategic gameplay will appeal to more experienced players. If you’re looking for a fun and unique game that offers something a little different, then Ducks in Tow is a game that you should definitely consider adding to your collection.

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