At a Glance: Rhino Hero is a big (or should I say tall) game in a small box.
Rhino Hero is a dexterity game for 2-5 players where you build a card tower and move a Rhino superhero from floor to floor of an increasingly shaky tower. Each Roof card shows you where to play the next wall card(s) and sometimes you may need to move the little wooden Rhino piece to a different floor, reverse or skip the order of play, force a player to draw an extra roof card, or play 2 roofs. The ultimate object is to be the first to get rid of all your roof cards. If the tower collapses, then the winner is whoever has the fewest roof cards in hand (other than the player who caused the tower to fall).
Games go by pretty quickly, so you almost always end up playing multiple times. It is incredibly easy to pick up (and drop…heheh). It is certainly aimed toward kids, not just accommodating of them. The card tower looks super cool, and you’ll be surprised how tall it can get sometimes. Other than deliberately placing the wall and roof cards off-kilter (this is against the rules), there are a lot of things you can do that puts the pressure on your opponent, and the most fun example are the Rhino cards that make your opponent move the Rhino from a lower floor up to the topmost floor. As you can imagine, this gets more stressful as the tower gets taller. The little wooden Rhino has JUST enough weight to make it interesting, as you wonder if the cards will support it. Sure, there is a ton of randomness in the initial draw, but that is OK, players can see how many roof cards you have left, and you may have to draw extra cards or get your turn skipped, so it can balance out a bit. Ultimately, though, the fun is in the tower building (and collapsing).
If you want to upgrade your Rhino Hero experience, they have now released Rhino Hero Super Battle, which adds a lot more interaction, more action heroes, and just a bigger game overall. You know, you really can’t go wrong with HABA games for kids. You can pretty much choose any game in their catalog and know that you are getting a well-produced game that offers interesting choices for kids, but also silly fun for adults. Most of them come in the recognizable yellow box. This is NOT the last HABA game in my Top 100.
The Bigger, Crazier, Super Battle version: https://amzn.to/2CXSod8