- 40 Frog stones
- 4 colour indicator discs
- an illustrated rules leaflet
- cloth bag
Object of the Game
Army of Frogs is a game for 2-4 players. It uses differently colored hexagon-shaped Frog stones, which the players connect to build an island.
By adding new Frogs and moving existing ones, the aim is to be the first player to link all of the Frogs of your own color together (in any pattern) once seven or more of your Frogs are part of the island.
Each player chooses a color and places the corresponding colored indicator disc on the table in front of them so that it can be clearly seen by all players throughout the game.
This will help everyone to remember your color as your hand can contain other players' Frogs too.
Then all ten Frogs of each player's color are placed in the bag provided together with the other players' Frogs and mixed. If there are fewer than four players, any remaining Frogs are put aside and not used in that game.
Each player takes a 'hand' of two Frogs randomly from the bag and puts them next to their colored disc so that they too can be seen.
One player starts by placing either of the two Frogs in their hand in the center of the table and taking a replacement Frog from the bag.
Play then continues in a clockwise direction. During each turn, the players must undertake the following three actions in the order shown:
- move one of your own Frogs, if this is possible then
- add one of the Frogs from your hand to the island then
- take a replacement Frog from the bag
Move one of your own color Frogs that is already part of the island to another position. Frogs move by jumping to the next free space along a straight row of one or more joined Frogs.
The Frog you choose to move may make multiple jumps in any one turn but it may not finish in the space where it started.
If no Frogs of your own color are in play or you cannot move any of your Frogs without violating the rules, go on to the next action instead.
Add one of the two Frogs from your hand to the island where it touches the side of at least one other Frog. You can add Frogs of any color to the island.
You may add your own color Frogs only to places where they are not in contact with any of your existing Frogs, but you can place your opponents' Frogs anywhere. Once all Frogs are in play, the game continues without new Frogs being added.
If you cannot add a Frog without violating the rules or you have run out of Frogs, steps 2) and 3) can be ignored and play moves on to the next player.
Take a new Frog at random from the bag to replace the one you have just added to the island. Each player may have a maximum of two Frogs in their hand at any one time.
There are two special rules that control the structure of the island and ensure that the game is kept flowing, the one island rule a) and the string rule b):
You may not move a Frog to a position where it would create more than one island.
If a Frog is the only link between two or more parts of the island, the only way you may move it is to move it to a position where it re-links the island.
You may not create a string of Frogs with three or more single connections, e.g. in the diagram on the right you may not add or move a Frog to the position marked .
Here, the only place the red Frog may be moved to is the space marked . If the red Frog is moved to any other position, it will create an illegal string with 3 or more single connections, marked in red below:
Exceptions to the String Rule
The string rule only applies to strings which end in a single Frog. If a string has multiple connections at both ends or if the Frogs form a loop,
the string can have any length.
End of the Game
The game ends as soon as one player's Frogs are all joined up, provided that at least seven of their Frogs form part of the island.
If eight, nine or ten Frogs of one color are part of the island, they must all be linked for that player to win the game.
The Frogs can be connected in a line or cluster of any shape.
Frequently Asked Questions
Once you have placed all the Frogs in the bag, one player takes a Frog from the bag at random.
The player whose color has been picked starts the game. Return the Frog to the bag before picking your firsthand' of two Frogs.
When moving, can i jump with one frog first and then another?
No, you can only move one Frog in a single turn.
Can I Jump in any Direction?
No, as shown in the diagram on the right, you cannot jump across the edge or corner of a Frog stone.
You must always jump across the middle of one or more Frog stones,
Why "army of Frogs"?
Just like you might see a flock of seagulls, a school of fish or even a murder of crows, the collective noun for a group of frogs is an army!