Name: Animal Upon Animal: Balancing Bridge
Publisher: HABA
Number of Players: 2 to 4
Play Time: 15 Minutes
Grade Range: Elementary and Middle School
Return on Investment: High
Format: Analog Game
Jungle animals are setting off on an adventure, but there is only a rickety old rope bridge for them to cross. With the help of the players, animals cross the bridge by balancing on the back of a crocodile. Each player has a handful of cards that show sets of animals that need to be piled together. When the right combination of animals are touching, players can discard the matching card from their hand. The first player to get rid of all of their cards, wins the game.
Game play is fast and very accessible. On their turn, students roll a die. If it shows one of the four valleys, they take an animal from that area and add it to the stack on the bridge. A question mark symbol lets players pick any animal, while the bridge allows for rearrangement of the animals already stacked. If animals fall, the player must pick a new assignment card, pushing their victory one more card away.
Animal Upon Animal: Balancing Bridge is a big box follow-up game to popular game Animal Upon Animal. While both game help students strengthen their fine motor skills, Balancing Bridge is worth the small price bump from the original because of the pattern matching element that it adds.