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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Space Hop (1973)

Space Hop (1973)

Ratings

4.314 out of 10 with 21 ratings
Board Game Rank: Not Ranked
Children's Game Rank: Not Ranked

Description

From the box:

Designed by Helmut Wimmer one of the world's leading astronomical illustrators, and resident artist at New York's Hayden Planetarium, Space Hop teaches players about the sun and its planets, moons, comets and asteroids.

Each participant selects a space craft, and draws a "Mission" card. The "Mission" card indicates the player's objective by describing various aspects of his destination without naming it. There are rules for space travel, hops through hyperspace, "space bumps" and various other maneuvers which make the game exciting to play and highly educational.

While a great game to play in the 70's and 80's, much of the information is out of date and the game play is truly child-oriented.

  • Designer: Helmut Wimmer
  • Publisher: Teaching Concepts
  • Year Published: 1973
  • Number of Players: 2 - 4
  • Manufacturer Suggested Ages: 0
  • Playing Time: 30
  • Suggested Ages: 6
  • Subdomain: Children's Games
  • Category: Children's Game, Educational, Space Exploration
  • Mechanic: Point to Point Movement, Roll / Spin and Move
  • Family: Solar System
  • Alternate Names: Space Hop

Reviews

6 out of 10
By
For my Space loving son. Role and move, but with a theme as in tune with the love of his life, that trumps all other considerations. He loves it, but the box is so big it's a bear to store.

4 out of 10
By
Had this one as a kid. Was trivial if you were into astronomy at all. Once you knew (memorized) the basic facts, the game was pretty boring as I recall. Had neat wooden spaceship tokens in my edition.

5 out of 10
By
Love the trivia cards and solar system board. Not much gameplay running around the board. Still, if I still had it, I'd play it today, but I have no strong desire to reacquire.

By
Never played it, myself. Looks like a delightful game for the very young astronomer wannabe, but it's old enough that some of the answers are wrong! Pluto is still a planet here, too, obviously.

3 out of 10
By
This one has been bothering me for YEARS, and I finally remembered the name! We got this at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago when I was really young and I remember playing it a LOT, particularly on the floor in my grandparents' living room. It's a crappy game now, I'm sure, but it was darn cool at the time.

2 out of 10
By
Bought a beat-up copy for a buck, thought better of it and threw it away.

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Thrift

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Part of thrift store run - haven't played - assume bits could be useful for modification Unpunched

3 out of 10
By
Oh, man. I bought this on eBay hoping to relive some exciting times. It just doesn't hold up over time. Not only is it incredibly simple, but many of the cards just aren't correct any more. ("Go to the only planet in the solar system with rings." A little dated, eh?!)

By
Oh man, I loved this. Was it really that bad?

4 out of 10
By
Woohoo! Wooden spaceships. That's about the only thing I remember about this game. Wooden spaceships. Didn't get much play though, from what I can remember, so the gameplay can't have been that 'stellar'. Ha - see what I did there!?

2 out of 10
By
Used to be one of my favorites as a child. Has not aged well.

5 out of 10
By
An OK roll and move for kids.

By
I loved this game when I was a kid.

5 out of 10
By
Good introduction to board games and you can learn a bit about space, too. I think my son has memorized the cards ... LOL!

4.5 out of 10
By
Mainly a children's game and not a great one at that. The board looks appealing but I remember not having to make many decisions. We did break this one out once in a great while as kids.

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Theme Research

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thrift store find
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