Who’s that with the key?
Enchanted Forest is quite a nice family game: you run around the woods looking under trees for fairytale treasures, trying to remember where they are, and periodically stuffing the other players by bouncing them back to the start or switching the quest card at the castle. In fact, this is one game that Miss B’s Mummy will quite happily play. And in fact, Mummy was available, so we had a nice game for three.
Our simplifications for this were that we rolled one die to move instead of two (so fewer options available), didn’t require exact rolls to get anywhere, had no bouncing other players (if you landed on someone, you just moved on to the next free space), we had two turned up quest items at a time, and once a treasure had been correctly located, its tree was removed from the board. Actually the latter rule was only introduced after Miss B (and me too, if truth be told!) forgot that a particular tree had already had its treasure removed, so kept going back to it. We also ruled that you could guess the location of two treasures (one per turn) while at the castle and then you had to go back to the village, and played until all the treasures had been found then counted up who had the most.
The whole thing went pretty well, though it did take quite a long to play, so I was quite impressed that this held Miss B’s attention throughout. She got a little upset about being beaten to some of the treasures, and had difficulty remembering what was where, but went for most of the game without much help.
The verdict from Miss B (aged 4¼): “I liked it but I think the maze game would be easier.” The other option for a game this session was Labyrinth, hence the comment. When pressed, Miss B said she liked finding the treasures under the trees, but it was really difficult remembering where they were. I can sympathise with that!
The game: Enchanted Forest (Ravensburger), 2 to 6 players, age 8+.