Copyrighted and manufactured in 1981 by Ampersand Press, Krill: A Whale of a Card Game is an intriguing way to understand the principles of food chains, specifically oceanic food chains. From microscopic plants to 30-ton whales, to harvest by humans, players try to survive the Antarctic waters in this “environmental discovery game!”
The Krill deck is composed of 79 cards, each representing a different aspect of the food chain or the harvesting of creatures within the chain. The first player to create as many food chain connections as possible, especially complete cycles, wins the game.
The card game is in great vintage condition. The box top photograph presents the stunning image of a whale jumping out of the oceanic waters. All 79 cards are present and they are free of tears, creases, discoloration and frayed edges. A Krill card list is included, along with a “Lost a Card?” card and a promotional card listing other Ampersand Press games —all of which are in the same excellent shape as the game cards. The rules sheet and a fact sheet about preparation for an Antarctic ocean adventure are also in a great condition.
For general family entertainment, this is a wonderful game. For youngsters or teenagers interested in electricity, Krill: A Whale of a Card Game is a marvelous educational tool. This card game would make for a thoughtful gift for any student and even for a middle- or high-school science instructor seeking a unique way to teach the basics of food chains.