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HABA Dragon's Breath - 2018 Kinderspiel des Jahres (Children's Game of The Year) Winner - an Exciting Collecting Game for 2-4 Players Ages 5+
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|Number of Game Players||4|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||8.78 x 8.74 x 2.09 inches|
|Item Weight||0.53 Grams|
|Cautionary Statement||Choking Hazard - Small Parts|
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- 2018 best kids game according to the Kinderspiel des Jahres jury, is Dragons Breath, also known as Funkelschatz. A daughter-father team, the authors Lena and Gunter Burkhardt combine a child-friendly story, a classic mechanism and intriguing material to a game adventure that captivates children time and again.
- Four young dragons and one dragon dad, try to get the most gems out of a ice column filled with them. Each round the young dragons will pick a gem color that they think will come out of the ice when the dad melts it.
- Once they have all picked the dad will pick up the top most ring, allowing some gems to fall off the tower to be collected by the young ones. There is also some holes in the board that if a gem falls in there, it goes to the dad and he may win.
- After all the gems that fell have been collected, the young dragons pick again what color they will collect and the next ring comes off. This will continue until all the rings are gone and then whoever has the most gems is the winner.
- Contents Include: 1 dragon dad, 1 box base with 4 dividers, 1 game board, 4 dragon children, 9 ice rings, 90 sparkling stones (18 in each of 5 colors), 5 sparkling stone tiles, 1 ice floe tile, 1 set of instructions.Includes 3 game variations and plays in about 15 minutes. Made in Germany.
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Tip: at the end of the game you can leave the dividers together in the box base. Simply distribute all the game material in the compartments then place the game board and instructions on top.
The Kinderspiel des Jahres is awarded every year to the best children's game by a jury of German game critics.
“This dragon dad does not only melt ice, but also children's hearts,” the judges said of their decision (translated from the original German). “This is where the whole family likes to get excited. A daughter-father team, the authors Lena and Günter Burkhardt, combine a child-friendly story, a classic mechanism and intriguing material to a game adventure that captivates children time and again.
Dragon's Breath - An Exciting Collecting Game for Ages 5 +
2-4 players. Plays in about 15 minutes.
On one of their expeditions the dragon children Mira, Feo, Luna and Diego discover an unusual sparkling treasure: a column of ice with sparkling stones frozen inside it. They want to take the treasure back to their cave. But unfortunately the column of ice is too heavy. The only thing they can do is to melt it. But breathing fire isn't as easy as it sounds. Instead of fire they only manage hot air. Then the four of them have an idea: they'll get their dad to help.
- And it works! Dad's fire breathing starts melting the column, and little by little the sparkling stones start falling out.
- The dragon children quickly collect the valuable treasures, and take them back to their cave.
- With a little luck even dad will get a few sparkling stones! Which dragon child will collect the most sparkling stones in their cave by the end of the game?
HOW TO PLAY
Place the dragon dad in front of you. In this round you can "breathe fire". A round consists of:
1. Selecting a sparkling stone tile
If you are playing with three or four players: first the player to the left of start player (dragon dad), selects one of the sparkling stone tiles and places it face-up in front of them. The other players follow in a clockwise direction. You are the last one to take a sparkling stone tile. All remaining sparkling stone tiles remain where they are.
If you are playing with only two players: first the other player selects one of the sparkling stone tiles and places it face-up in front of them. After this you may select one and place it face-up in front of you. Then the other player takes a second sparkling stone tile, and you also take a second one.
2. Lifting an ice ring
Now carefully lift the top ice ring. This causes the sparkling stones to fall down
The following dragon rules apply:
- You may use one or both hands to lift the ice ring.
- Your fingers may only touch the top ice ring. Your fingers are allowed to touch individual sparkling stones as you are lifting it.
- Sparkling stones that are on the top ice ring can be pushed back onto the ice column or allowed to fall down.
Sometimes sparkling stones fall into the holes in the game board. These land in dragon dad's big cave.
3. Dividing up sparkling stones
You may begin: look at the color of your sparkling stone tile. Take all the sparkling stones in this color from the game board (if you are playing with two players you may take all the sparkling stones in both your colors). Place them in the cave behind your dragon child. If there are no sparkling stones in your color on the game board then you go away empty handed in this round. Then players take turns in a clockwise direction to collect their sparkling stones.
Any sparkling stones that are still lying on the game board after this step can be pushed into the holes and down to dragon dad's cave.
Give dragon dad to the next player in a clockwise direction. Now a new round starts.
End of the game
The game ends when the last ice ring is taken off game board. Finish the round and divide up the sparkling stones that are not on the ice floe tile based on the selected sparkling stone tiles.
Check who won. Pick up the game board and count the sparkling stones in the caves of the dragon children. The dragon child or player with the most sparkling stone wins.
The secret winner, however, is and remains dragon dad, because it was his fire breathing that let the sparkling treasure be retrieved.
Variants for younger players
At the start of the game the sparkling stone tiles are placed face down. Each player takes a sparkling stone tile and places it face up in front of them. This tile is then used for the entire length of the game. A different sparkling stone tile doesn't need to be selected before each round.
Variant for secretive players
In each round the players take turns selecting a face down sparkling stone tile. This means that players only learn who will collect which color when the sparkling stones are divided up.
Note for all clumsy dragon children
If sparkling stones accidentally fall off the ice column during division of the sparkling stones, or between the individual rounds then these should simply be placed back on the ice column. If you accidentally push a sparkling stone that belongs to one of the other players into a hole on the game board then you give them one of your sparkling stones as consolation.
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I don't know if this game will work with every 3 year old, probably better for 4+ or 5+ but I think it depends on how much experience your child might have with games. There is also the concern with the small pieces and swallowing them or throwing them around.
I am very happy with the purchase and the price point.
Despite being a children's game, adults can enjoy the fun too. For more strategic play, you can keep the gem color you've chosen for the round secret. As the dragon dad, you can try to change the way you remove the ring to hopefully get more of your gems to fall than your opponent's.
HABA always has quality parts in their games and this is no exception. I especially like the chunky wooden dragon dad figure.
My one real issue, this game is based on luck. Every player chooses a color at the beginning of the game and they just wait to see what will fall. Falling gems are fun, but there is no real game play or skill involved.
I know this is for kids, but many games have more then just watching and waiting.
The game itself is very creative and fun. I actually request playing it with my son who is 6 and autistic. He loves it!
It goes very fast so he can even get his 11 and 16 year old siblings to play without hassle.
I love the amount of creativity that can be added to the narrative of most Haba games and this one is no exception.
For just my one son and I to play, it takes about 5-8 minutes per game. He can set up everything himself aside from adding the gems 💎 to the ice tunnel ring tower. That takes coordination- unless you want to wait for your kiddo to go one gem at a time.
There is more than one way to play the game. One way is shorter and for younger kids like mine and one is more strategy based instead of luck. All ways are fun and it’s a refreshing mashup of classics like Jenga meets Kerplunk with German craftsmanship!
Haba games are illustrated EVERYWHERE in great detail. The holographic areas on the wooden “Daddy” dragon are a nice touch. Each younger dragon the players choose as a pawn are ADORABLE! The box is extra sturdy like all Haba games.
10/10 reccomend for all kids in all genders once you can trust they will not choke on the gems. Personally, with my kids I’d allow supervised play at aged 3-4 and would expect they could set up and play alone by age 5. I think most kids under 10 will enjoy this quick but creative game.
Top reviews from other countries
This one has lots of lovely gems and simple but satisfying game play.