Families and friends can face off to build Mountains Out of Molehills | Source: The Op

It’s the annual Mountain Maker Tournament, and moles have traveled from all across the land to compete in a battle that takes place above and below ground. A hearty batch of bragging rights is at stake as just one mole will be declared the “Top Tunneler” following six, fierce rounds in which they will show off their skills not only as a molehill and mountain maker but also as a strategist.

In Mountains Out of Molehills, the new light strategy game from The Op, 2-4 players can take on the role of a mole to build, topple, and win!

Players will choose their mole — Clay, Loama, Pete, or Sandy — and draft cards that they will use to strategize their moves on the lower (underground) board ahead of time. On each turn, players will reveal their pre-planned moves as they work to build molehills on the top (above ground) board. As the game goes on, the molehills pile up into mountains, and that means they can topple!

Ultimately, players want to gain control, but wait — there’s a twist. It doesn’t matter who has the most molehills. Oh no, it’s about who controls the base of each mountain because moles are underground dwellers known for tunneling (not building) so the lowest molehill in each mountain secures ownership of every molehill piled on top of it. From there, all the pieces on the top of each base molehill are counted and the player with the most will win the game.

Mountains Out Of Molehills game contents | Source: The Op

Mountains Out of Molehills is an impressive-looking game that older members of the family and their friends will love. Board games that extend the fun across multiple levels of play bring a tactile experience to the table that can be a lot more compelling than a traditional flat board.

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That said, this game is recommended for players ages 9 and up and parents will want to keep that in mind. The instructions for gameplay might be a little much for younger players to grasp, but building and toppling can be a lot of fun on its own.

When it comes time to host a Mountain Maker Tournament at your home, be sure to set aside 45-60 minutes for gameplay.

May the best mole win!

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James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn, AKA The Rock Father, is Editor-in-Chief of The Toy Book, a Senior Editor at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider, and Editor of The Toy Report, The Toy Book‘s weekly industry newsletter. As a pop culture and toy industry expert, Zahn has appeared as a panelist and guest at events including Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) Wizard World Chicago, and the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy. Zahn has more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment, retail, and publishing industries, and is frequently called upon to offer expert commentary for publications such as Forbes, Marketwatch, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, the Washington Post, and more. James has appeared on History Channel’s Modern Marvels, was interviewed by Larry King and Anderson Cooper, and has been seen on Yahoo! Finance, CNN, CNBC, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, CBS, WGN, The CW, and more. Zahn joined the Adventure Media & Events family in 2016, initially serving as a member of the Parent Advisory Board after penning articles for the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family, PBS KIDS, Sprout Parents (now Universal Kids), PopSugar, and Chicago Parent. He eventually joined the company full time as a Senior Editor and moved up the ranks to Deputy Editor and Editor-in-Chief.