About this project
Many said that you would never be able to deliver goods to all the islands in this remote archipelago, but you and your partners are dead-set to prove them wrong! Yes, you all had to pool your money into buying one plane; and, yes, the plane is held together by duct-tape and some hope. To make matters worse the navigational instruments are completely broken, so in essence, you are flying blind. But if you cross your eyes just enough it looks like this airplane is perfectly fine! I mean what could possibly go wrong?...
Island Hopper is a game where you and other players fulfill contracts for the various companies scattered throughout the archipelago, while bidding amongst yourselves for who is going to pilot the battered plane. Bribing the pilot is essential since everyone has different contracts for different islands, and not enough fuel to get to them all! With none of you being actual pilots, and the navigation system being shot, this forces the pilot to rely on the other players for directions to successfully deliver cargo. Since everyone wants to fulfill contracts on different islands, the question really is, who should you trust?
Scott Almes designed Island Hopper, along with other titles such as Loop, Inc. and the Tiny Epic Series of games. It supports 2 to 6 players, ages 10+, and takes only an hour to play. Island Hopper is a fantastic addition to the gaming hobby, and Scott's contribution is a game that you will keep coming back to time and again.
Island Hopper includes:
- 6 Goods Tokens
- 1 Captain Tile
- 12 Island Tiles
- 1 Compass Island
- 15 Direction Tokens
- 81 Contract Cards
- 9 Round Cards
- 6 Money Screens
- 145 Coins -- 80 copper (1's), 40 silver (5's), 25 gold (10's)
- 1 Minute Timer
- Rules of Play
Want to hear stories about Island Hopper from veteran pilots? Look no further! Below you can find 3 previews describing the game in detail:
"Suddenly, some players start to use their tokens to say the wrong thing, and then it's awesome!" - Edo's Game Previews
"One of our friends was playing the captain for the first time and she was like, 'I think my heart is beating a lot faster right now!' The game is fun, it's enjoyable... I encourage you to back it!" - Tantrum House
"My favorite thing is that this game is so original and different. Boy, it's a dexterity game. It has negotiation, it has bluffing, it has blind bidding. It's just kind of a really interesting take on dexterity!" - Just Got Played
Pledge #2: First to Take Flight! $40 (Limited to 200)
Receive 1 copy of Island Hopper with 1 FREE bandana add-on! All achieved stretch goals included. Shipping will be added based on location.
Pledge #3: Cadet In-Training $40
Receive 1 copy of Island Hopper to get your trading business started! All achieved stretch goals included. Shipping will be added based on location.
Pledge #4: First to Double-Down Your Profits$75 (Limited to 100)
Successful first venture and ready to hire more pilots? Then you need 2 copies of Island Hopper, for you and a friend. Also comes with a bandana for each copy! All achieved stretch goals included. Shipping will be added based on location.
Pledge #5: Doubling-Down Your Profits $75
Successful first venture and ready to hire more pilots? Then you need 2 copies of Island Hopper, for you and a friend! All achieved stretch goals included. Shipping will be added based on location.
Pledge #6: Flying First-Class... [RETAILERS ONLY] $180
You must register and be approved as a Eagle-Gryphon Games retail network member to qualify for this level. You will receive six copies of the base game of Island Hopper, plus all Stretch Goals achieved. Standard Eagle-Gryphon Games shipping terms apply. BEFORE PLEDGING please send an email titled "Island Hopper PIP terms" to us at email@example.com, or look further down the page for more information."
Pledge #7: Flight Instructor $225
Receive 6 copies of Island Hopper for a reduced price! (Based on estimated MSRP of $60). Each is a basic version, with all achieved stretch goals included! Shipping will be added based on location.
***SEE THE SHIPPING CHART FOR FURTHER DETAILS***
Add-On #1: Deluxe Islands $15
Upgrade the islands to "mouse-pad" material! Clings to the table, flexible yet stays flat, and holds an image just as well as paper!
Add-On #2: EGG Bandanna $5
Used as a blindfold for Island Hopper, but also serves as a clothing accessory for everyday use! It is light blue in color with the Eagle-Gryphon Gaming Logo set in the center.
Add-On #3: Loop, Inc.+ Expansion Cards/Tiles $55
Receive another fun game by Scott Almes - Loop, Inc., where you tempt fate by going back in time to manage a mountain of work. The multiple you's, however, may accidentally sow chaos in the space-time continuum... Is fulfilling your deadlines worth tearing a rift in time itself? Here is where you can find out more about Loop, Inc.
Add-On #4: Cave Man Curling $30
A muscle sport for your index finger, where you flick stones down a frozen lake towards a fire pit on the other side. The team who has their stones closest to the fire pit scores! Use totems to protect your stones, or hammers to improve your flick, adding a level of strategy. It is truly finger-flicking fun! Find out more about Cave Man Curling here.
Add-On #5: Pick-a-Pig & Pick-a-Dog $20
A unique party card game that supports 2 - 8 Players, quick and easy to learn, and where simultaneous play can create some hilarious situations. Great for groups of all ages! Don't miss out on picking up these two gems. You can find out more about Pick-a-Pig or Pick-a-Dog here. Pick-a-Pig or Pick-a-Dog.
Add-On #6: Bucket King 3D $20
A great game designed by Stefan Dorra, where players lay down sets of animal cards to try to knock over your opponents' pyramid of buckets. Cards in hand can be used to defend your own buckets and attack those of others — and if you knock out a bucket low in someone's pyramid, you might cause a cascade that takes out even more! Do you have what it takes to be the Bucket King? Find out more here!
Eagle-Gryphon Games has every genre under the sun! Follow the LINK to check out our expansive collection! (Games not listed above cannot be purchased as Add-Ons)
- Stretch Goal #1: Sand Timer Upgrade // $25K // The sand will be a bright red color instead of plain white. Easy to see at a glance how much longer you have to bribe the captain to fly where YOU want!
- Stretch Goal #2: Painted Wood Captain Token // $40K //Reaching this goal will unlock the Wooden Captain's Token, an upgrade from the base game's punch-board. Winning the bid for captain never felt so good...
- Stretch Goal #3: Painted Goods Tokens // $55K // The base game would have each good token be mono-colored, and reaching this high-altitude will unlock painted tokens that have a like image to their parent companies (see Contract Cards).
- Stretch Goal #4: ??? // 80K // Discovering an island leads you to an entirely new market, and the natives have something exotic to trade in return... Sometimes becoming lost has its benefits!
Scott Almes is a freelance game designer best known for his Tiny Epic Series, as well as other hits such as Loop Inc, Harbour, and Best Treehouse Ever. In addition to being a game designer, he works as a product development engineer and (when he finds the time) writes fiction. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wonderful wife, Beth.
DESIGNING ISLAND HOPPER, IN HIS WORDS:
Island Hopper was designed to be a blend of my love for both dexterity and euro games. Both have their pros and cons, and I wanted to blend the two and bring the best of both worlds. A good dexterity game is eye catching and invites people to come to the table. They also have those wonderful "stand up" moments when something really surprising happens. But, many dexterity games lack depth and rely heavily on the hand-eye-coordination aspect, which some people just don't like. A good euro game has a balance of strategy and fair play, where you always win by your wits. But, euro games (traditionally) don't have those exciting or hilarious moments that you can get in dexterity games. So, with Island Hopper, I wanted to bring the best of both of these genres. It's full of both strategy and those wonderful stand-up moments.
I also wanted to remove a particular barrier for dexterity games. Some people just don't like dexterity games. They don't like stacking, dropping, etc. In Island Hopper - that's perfectly okay. Each round only one person wins the bid for Captain, which is the player who does all the dexterity actions that round. You can win by never being Captain - or you can win by being Captain as often as you can. It all comes down to the game's economy. In this way, I think this is a dexterity game that can be loved by people who hate dexterity games. (And of course, still loved by those that do.)
I'm very proud of how this game turned out. It's a wonderful family game full of both strategy, social interaction, and big moments. I hope you all will have as much fun with the game as I have.
***** EGG ADVANCED SHIPPING CHART CAN BE FOUND HERE *****
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