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Who’s that with the key?

April 26, 2011

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+.

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  1. Sam Emmett
    April 27, 2011 at 8:06 am

    I like this game is it still available? Do try using two dice it will be a fun way of adding two numbers together.

  2. April 27, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Yup, the game is still available. In fact they now have a special, Disneyfied Tangled/Rapunzel version for folks who want that sort of thing! I’m not too worried about the adding up numbers, more the extra choices that come from the two dice. That said, if movement is still in one direction and you don’t need exact numbers, then it should be fine — and we can introduce the magic on the doubles, which should go down well.

  3. charlotte
    May 30, 2011 at 9:28 am

    We finally had a successful game of enchanted forest. Up to now the forest has been too powerful for my children, trees go marching off the board pied piper fashion or some other fun adventure happens. Its great that this game so captures their imagination but I was glad to finally get to the end of a game.
    Our rules: 2 dice, remove trees when their treasure is found, magic takes you straight to the key, don’t need exact throw to look under a tree.

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