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We can stir it with the wand

May 27, 2016

The latest in our ongoing series of reports on Lego games is on Magikus, one of the smaller games in the series, which is about collecting ingredients to make a magical potion.  The first person to get the full set of four ingredients gets to put them into the little cauldron that comes in the box and, according to Miss B, gets to choose what spell to cast on the losers.

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Hedwig goes looking for potion ingredients.

The game is very simple: there is an owl piece, which you position on the edge of the rack of spell ingredients, so it lines up with one of the rows or columns, then you roll a die.  If the die shows the colour of an ingredient that is still in the row or column that you chose, you take that ingredient; alternatively a white result on the die allows you to take anything from the row or column, and a black result allows you to steal from another player.  If you end up with a set of the four different ingredients, you win!

So that is it.  There is a strategy to find here, but it is obvious to most people.  I think this has a problem that is common to most of the Lego games: the game design is awesome for younger kids, and not bad for a parent to play with the kids, but the components are just too fiddly for the ideal age range.  That said, we had fun with this, and Miss B just loved imagining herself making potions at Hogwarts, even though she got frustrated a couple of times when she forgot to move the owl before moving. (Easy fix: no problem, just move the owl and then roll again.)

Plus, of course, it’s Lego. We now have a bunch of Lego skulls that we can put onto minifigs if we want to! 🙂

The verdict from Miss B (aged 9¼): “Very silly. It is a bit more difficult because you have to move first and then roll, which is not what most people would do by natural instinct.  I would give it 10/10, but because of the dice rolling flaw I will give it a 9/10.”

The game: Magikus (Lego), 2 to 4 players aged 6+.

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  1. May 27, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Just discovered your blog, and it’s really great! We’re parents, too, with a 9-year-old daughter. Like yours she’s also into board and card games (and various other games). Followed your blog to see what games your daughter likes so we can try them as a family, too.:)

    • Rob
      May 27, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      Thanks. Great to hear from you! I think the main thing I’ve learnt is that I can’t use other people’s reviews to predict what Miss B will like. I’d love to hear what your daughter likes and see if there is much overlap.

      • May 28, 2016 at 3:02 pm

        The same is true for our daughter, Y. She loves the card game Fairy Tale, and these days is very much into Dead of Winter. We thought she’d like Machi Koro so we bought the deluxe version, but she doesn’t. She gets frustrated when we play. Followed your blog for ideas on what we can get for her next!

        • Rob
          May 29, 2016 at 10:42 pm

          I’ve suggested Machi Koro to Miss B a couple of times, but she’s not been interested, so we haven’t tried it together yet. Maybe one day.

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