Some say Emohbi, or “Keeper of the Mountain” created the mountain in order to keep a kind and watchful eye on all the animals and people below. Born from an undersea volcano millions of years ago, the island over which Emohbi keeps watch, now hosts many happy villagers and is teeming with all sorts of interesting creatures and wildlife.
At the changing of the seasons each village selects one special person to compete in a race to the top of the mountain in order to please the spirit of Emohbi. The journey to the top is filled with surprises, some good, and some bad. As a player in the game of Emohbi, your task is to bring victory and joy to your village by being the first player to reach the summit.
The playing board for Emohbi must be assembled prior to use, please see the diagrams below in order to assemble the board for the first time. Note that once assembled, each tier does not need to be disassembled in order to fit back into the box, they can simply be nested one inside each other and placed back in the box, ready for the next game of Emohbi.
Before each game, the tiers must be assembled or stacked onto one another. Depending on the age and skill level of the players, the game board may be configured accordingly. For instance, while playing with younger players, ladders can be purposefully aligned while avoiding waterfall alignment.
Object of the Game
The object of the game is to be the first player to reach the top of the mountain by scaling the final steps to the top of the Emohbi head. Climbing up the rope ladders while avoiding waterfalls or other pitfalls along the way.
Rules of Play
- Each player chooses a playing piece and selects a lettered starting space (E,M,O,H,B, or I); note that more than one player may select the same starting space/letter.
- The youngest player starts by rolling the die, and moves their playing piece in either direction the number of spaces as shown.
- If a player lands exactly at the bottom of a ladder; on that same turn, the player climbs to the top of the ladder. If more than one ladder is lined up exactly, the player continues to climb to the top of the uppermost ladder.
- If a player lands exactly on any part of a waterfall not covered by a bridge, the player falls down to the bottom of the waterfall. If more than one waterfall is lined up exactly, the player continues to fall to the bottom of the lowest waterfall.
- Play continues to the next player on the left of the previous player (clockwise).
- One variant of game play is such that the players all move along each tier in a clockwise direction (no choice or strategy involved once the die is rolled).
Winning the Game
- The first player to reach the top of the mountain wins the game.
- Reaching the top is accomplished by landing exactly on the game space at the bottom of the final steps to the summit of Emohbi.
Game contains small parts.
Not suitable for children under 3 years.