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|Item Dimensions||1.5 x 4.75 x 5.75 in||7 x 8 x 2 in||4.8 x 1.5 x 5.8 in||4 x 5.63 x 1.5 in|
|Item Weight||7.76 ounces||0.93 lb||6.56 ounces||2.2 lbs|
Top Customer Reviews
I originally bought this to play with my nephew (age 9 when I purchased it) on rainy days. However, I think I as an adult enjoyed it more than he did! I chalk this up to the fact that I had to help him throughout the game (and this kid is very smart) because of all the varied rules.
Which brings me to my only complaint, it's almost like they have packed way too much into one card game. There are 3 ways to build one pile, only 1 way to build the other pile, you can play different cards to have different effects, and you have to collect the right cards to make your potion, etc. The game could have been just as much fun with a few less things and in a few places the rules a bit more detailed.
I recommend the game for kids 10+ not the 8+ as stated on the box.
Which it isn't a BAD game by any means... it's fairly fun... but...
- The theme is more of a "witch"/Halloween theme than fairy tale. There is a fair maiden and prince card, but more bats, mice, and other witchy ingredients.
- The biggest complaint from the kids is "I wish you could cast spells" or "I wish the ingredients did something". Which they don't... you can't cast a spell on another player for points. Once you get the ingredients together and complete the spell, the ingredients go into your useless ingredient pile and the actual spell card into your personal power pile. There are no extra points awarded for completing spells, other than the one point for the power card.
- There are only 15 power cards, and since that's the bread and butter of your scoring, it doesn't allow for a very balanced game. You collect tons of ingredient cards which do little to your score (and absolutely nothing unless you have the biggest ingredient pile in the first place.) One person can end up with all the spell cards... or the majority of them might come out at the end of the game and none of them are completed. It just seems really unbalanced. If the power cards all come out too early, there's a decisive winner sometimes halfway before the game is even done!
- There is only one card that allows you to steal another power card - the almighty Black Cat. But it's not enough.Read more ›
So, I have come back to purchase a new deck for this upcoming year. To any educators who might be reading this, it makes a great addition to the intermediate classroom for those few minutes of downtime, and because of the math and bit of strategy involved, you don't feel guilty about it at all. Plus, it is something different and for the teacher, inexpensive as far as games go.
It is fast paced, and challenging with just enough magic!
Sadly, I left the game at a friends house, and she wont give it back, as her family now insists it is thier favorite....so I must replace it to keep peace in my family!
Who would have guessed that an accidental find would turn out to be such a big hit!!!!
This is a must for Halloween fun!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don't remember getting or giving this so I can't really give it starsPublished 11 days ago by C. Mccann
Worth every penny!
We had this game for over 5 years and it's still one of our favorite! First half a year after we got it,played at least 4 times a day.My child loved it! Read more
Fantastic game that's good for all ages. Recommended for parents wanting to get their kids exposed to higher level thinking.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love many of the games from this company. But this one didn't grab us. Love Sleeping Queens and Rat a Tat Cat.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
We wore out our original deck of cards. Only caveat is the price. Of course the maker has a trademark and can charge any amount they want, so I guess we should feel lucky they... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Larry Bolef
This is a great game, especially for younger players. There's not a great deal of reading, and the rules are easy to explain. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mike Timonin