Winner of the 1992 Parents' Choice Award, this is a game to challenge budding detectives. Players work against the clock to discover which three treasures are hidden behind a secret door. The 12-inch game board illustrates a mansion setting, complete with a Dark Tunnel and an Observatory. Small cards, depicting either valuables or clocks, are dispersed facedown across the board. Players turn over two cards at a time. If a clock is drawn, time is running out and thieves might get away with the three hidden treasures! Children will have fun testing their memories, cooperating with their teammates, and honing their detection skills with this game. With a little care, the cards will survive years of playing. --Wendy Slotboom
A mystery game! Valuables have been stolen, and we have to find them before midnight. Together we search through the mansion for clues. At midnight, the thieves may slip away with all the hidden booty! Children enjoy figuring out the mystery of what is behind the Secret Door. Because of the cooperative principle, everyone is part of a team that discusses ideas and shares strategies. Other important skills of memory and logic get a workout, too. Each game is different, exciting and tricky. That's why adults like playing along! Get the magnifying glass, Holmes, and let's get on with the Case. Midnight approaches! Includes: 12 x 12" board, clock cards, set of valuables, the secret door.
Our customers say: "My daughter loves Secret Door. It's food for her brain. She can often find pairs that I miss, which she thinks is great!" - Waterloo, Ontario
Play as friends, not as enemies! Family Pastimes games foster the spirit of cooperation. Players help each other climb a mountain, make a community, complete a space exploration... They never play against each other. After all, the initial impulse to play a game is social; that is, we bring out a game because we want to do something together. How ironic then that in most games, we spend all our efforts trying to bankrupt someone, destroy their armies - in other words, to get rid of one another!
At Family Pastimes we believe that people of different ages and abilities should be able to play side by side, each making their best contribution. We are all there together when we finish the game to take joy in our successes and wonder how we might work together even better the next time we play. Thus, Family Pastimes games will prove to be a friendly form of fun. Socialization, entertainment, academic learning, character growth, etc. - whatever your objectives, we invite you to realize them by cooperative means. We hope you enjoy playing and learning together!