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My son showed interest in this game after seeing the adverts on the TV, so I suggested that my sister buy it for him for Christmas. This review is based on plays with him, and his 6 year old sister, since then.
It's LEGO, and my son is a huge Lego fan, so this game ticked all the right boxes before he'd even played it. He spent over an hour assembling all the different components before the first game and loving it, and now that he's more familiar with the game he also spends ages setting up the map for each individual game before we play - it's all part of the fun!
Simplicity of rules
The majority of the game rules are really simple - roll and move, or roll and fight. However, every player's character has a special power, and treasure chests have different things in depending on what you roll, and potions do different stuff - there's no handy hint-sheet in the game, and one person still has to sit there with the rulebook to check these, as they're not very memorable! Nowadays this person is my son, and it's part of the fun, but he found it a bit frustrating in the first few games when we had to check the rules mid-game.
This game is almost entirely random, in terms of movement and combat. However, there are some strategy decisions, in terms of which way to move on the map (and it's very funny when an adult unfamiliar with the game forgets to get a key before heading towards a locked door!). This is just about right for a 4 year old, although makes it rather boring and mindless for the adult.
Did the child enjoy it?
Oddly the first play my son enjoyed but wasn't that hooked, but still asked to play a little while later, and from that second play he was totally hooked, and it's been played twice a day every day for the last few days. His older sister, who is reluctant to play games as a rule, also joins in quite often, as it's so much fun to play she doesn't really care whether she wins or not.
How is it from the adult's point of view?
I have to admit that I mentally groan every time he suggests this game. It was fun the first few times - probably the first two plays of each map - but after that it gets quite boring to play over and over again, and wherever possible I make sure I'm not involved in games - my husband plays instead, or other friends/relatives! However, I don't find it too hard to get other people to try it - the fact that it's Lego is enough for most gaming friends to be willing to give it a go.
Sing, o muse, of the wrath of Achilles...
Great review, thanks for sharing it! Most of my 3 1/2 year old's games make me groan, it's inevitable, I guess. Kids of Carcassonne and Gulo Gulo are less painful, for some reason. I joke with my friends that Kids of Carcassonne is just as good as the full version, since the tile laying is the best part anyway!
"The fact that it's Lego is enough for most gaming friends to be willing to give it a go."
Love that line, it's so true! Nice review!