Unique themes can be hard to come by, but this one manages to not only be unique, but down right cute. In Rescue Polar Bears: Data and Temperature you and your friends are doing exactly that, rescuing polar bears before global warming claims their homes forever. Play is easy in that on each turn you will move around the board, loading up polar bears on your boats, gathering data, and transporting both to your base. But what also happens each round is that the temperature will continue to climb, and as it reaches certain points, the ice floes the bears are standing on will melt. If a bear falls into the water you can rescue them with an emergency helicopter, but you only have so many, and once you run out then he next polar bear that falls in the water will perish and you will lose the game. Another thing that happens is that baby polar bears will be born, meaning you now have more polar bears to rescue than you did before. To win you have to collect enough data in order to fill in the data track on the board, thus giving you enough data to be able to save all the polar bears at once. So put on your thermals and grab you snow boots, it’s time to rescue some polar bears.
The art for the game is pretty good, but the cute meter goes off the charts when you look at the bear meeples that come in papa, mama, and baby sizes. So if you are looking for your next cooperative style game, give this Kickstarter a look. A pledge for the game costs only $50 plus shipping, and you can pledge for multiple copies at a discount as well, but pledge early as there is only a limited number of copies available.