Once Upon a Time X

So apparently there’s been this yearly fairy tale reading and discussing challenge that’s been happening for the past 10 years that I just found now. And I realized that I have a million things to say. The short of it is that we just moved and we found a crap ton of books/games that we haven’t read or played since they were bought. Lots of them would fit this bill. And since I’ve had 9 addresses in the past 10 years, I’ve decided that it’s either time to read/play these suckers or get rid of them (a good friend of mine once said that three moves equals one fire, meaning every time you move you get rid of enough stuff to have 1/3 of a bonfire. Yeah). So, without further ado, I bring you:


Instead of writing about something I read, I’ll tell you about a game I played.


Image from boardgamegeek.com

I don’t even know where I got this game. The box says it was made in West Germany, so that should give me a clue of how long I’ve had it.

So in this game, you’re a wizard who has to find three ingredients to make a magic potion that are hidden in an ever-shifting labyrinth. (And the instructions are just like this. Like a story. Not like “player’s goal is to collect tokens on the game board.” With each turn, a player–excuse me, a wizard–changes the maze by sliding the tiles that make up the labyrinth.


Image from boardgamegeek.com

The picture kind of shows how the tiles are laid down to form the labyrinth. You slide the tiles by moving an entire row.

My kid and I enjoyed this game, but it can take a long time to play. During game play, the ingredients tokens are upside down, so you don’t know what you’re landing on. Which means it’s hard to find what you want. It was getting late and my husband suggested we flip the pieces over (like as pictured) to make the game go faster. My kid then accused of us cheating and cried.

So, good for family game night. If you have a long night or have a kid who doesn’t mind tweaking the rules. I think it’s good for memory, strategy, and math. It’s definitely one we’re keeping through our next move rather than getting rid of!


About emmawolf

I'm a freelance writer living in Baltimore with my husband, son, and two cats. I'm working on editing my first novel. I love reading, traveling, and the cello.
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