Some say Emohbi, the “Keeper of the Island”, created the island in order to keep a watchful eye on all the animals and people below. Born from an undersea volcano millions of years ago the island is now home to many happy villagers and is filled with all sorts of interesting creatures and wildlife.
Each season the villages select one special person to compete in a race to the top of the island. 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 to your village by being the first player to reach the top.
Assembly Before 1st Use
The bottom, middle, and top levels of Emohbi must be assembled prior to its first use. Please see the diagrams on the “Assembly Instructions” page in order to assemble the levels. Once assembled, the levels can be placed inside each other and put back in the box ready for the next game of Emohbi.
Before You Begin Each Game
At the start of the game, assemble the 6 interlocking Base pieces into a hexagon. They can be placed in any order. Next place the largest level in the center of the hexagon. Then add the Middle level and the Top level. Finally, add Emohbi to the Top level. While assembling, the levels can be oriented in any way. The ladders can lead to other ladders or waterfalls can align with other waterfalls.
Object of the Game
The object of the game is to be the first player to reach the top of the island by scaling the final steps of Emohbi.
Rules of Play
Each player chooses a playing piece and selects a lettered starting space (E, M, O, H, B, or I). More than one player may select the same starting space/letter.
Each player is then dealt 3 cards.
The youngest player starts by playing a card they were dealt and then moving their playing piece in either direction the number on the card. If they play a special card they follow the instructions on the card.
If after moving the number of spaces the player lands on the space at the bottom of a ladder, the player climbs the ladder to the next level. If more than one ladder is lined up, the player climbs that ladder as well.
If a player lands on a waterfall, the player falls down to the level below. If more than one waterfall is lined up, the player continues to fall to the bottom of the lowest waterfall.
Once a card is played, it is put into the discard pile and another card is picked up.
Switch Places with Another Player – the player switches places with another player.
Draw 2 Cards / Play 1 Card – the player draws 2 cards and chooses which one to play. The card that was played is put into the discard pile while the other card is kept. The player does not pick up a new card at the end of their turn so they will still have 3 cards for their next turn.
Move to Nearest Ladder – the player moves to the nearest ladder in either direction and moves up 1 level. If more than 1 ladder is lined up the player moves up that ladder as well.
Move a Player to the Nearest Waterfall – the player moves another player to the nearest waterfall in either direction and falls down 1 level. If more than 1 waterfall is lined up the player falls down that waterfall as well.
Roll the Die and Move the Number of Spaces Rolled – When this card is played, the player rolls the die and moves, in either direction, the number of spaces rolled. If they land at the base of a ladder they can choose to go up that ladder. If more than 1 ladder is lined up the player moves up that ladder as well.
Rotate Any Level – The player can rotate the Middle Level, Top Level, or Emohbi 1 segment in either direction. If the Middle Level is rotated, all levels above it rotate with it. Likewise if the Top Level is rotated Emohbi rotates as well. After rotating the level(s), if the player who rotated the level is at the base of a ladder, they can go up that ladder. If after going up the level, they are at the base of another ladder, they can go up that ladder as well. The card is then discarded and there is no more movement. If after rotating the level(s), a different player is at the bottom of a ladder they can move up that ladder on their next turn if they choose to. If more than 1 ladder is lined up the player can move up that ladder as well. Each ladder that the player goes up counts as 1 space for the player.
When the turn is complete, place the card in the discard pile.
Play continues to the next player on the left of the previous player (clockwise).
Winning the Game
The first player to reach the top of Emohbi wins the game.
Reaching the top is accomplished by landing on the space of the bottom step of Emohbi and climbing the steps to the top.