You finish the kitchen tunnels as normally. Then, your mice can decide whether they want to press on towards the courtyard (and escaping the castle) or take the detour to follow Miz Maggie's call.
Regarding your second question, the player can choose to either take the special search item or draw a random search card.
ah thank you. In the end we decided upon going through the tunnels and went up to help maggie out. But we ruled it so that we had to follow that rout first. But in the future i know we have that choise instead
We actually lost in the end, which we have done now twice, not sure if we are doing something wrong, but it feels as though the cheese wheel fills up to fast. But we didnt have a healer this time around so 2 got captured quite fast and and a couple of surges later we were finnished
But hopefully we get them next time, my kids enjoy it a lot.