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Product: Ravensburger Enchanted Forest
Age Range: 4 years+
Manufacturer’s Description: Get ready for some fairy tale search-and-find fun! Roll the dice and round the board, sneaking a peek at treasures hidden in the Enchanted Forest along the way. Be the first player to find the treasures the king seeks and the kingdom is yours! A magical twist on classic memory match.
Review: Ravensburger sent us this board game to test out as a family, and we had a fun afternoon with one of our friends the other day; chilling out, playing board games, and giving Enchanted Forest a first go.
Enchanted Forest is a board game for 2-6 players ages 4 years & above, and the aim of the game is to be the first to find & collect three hidden treasures. The treasures are all objects from different fairy tales, such as Cinderella’s glass slipper, Jack’s magical beans, and Puss’s Boots.
Inside the box you get the game board, 13 trees, 13 treasure tokens, 13 treasure cards, 2 dice, and 6 playing figures, as well as the instruction sheet. You have to place the treasure tokens into the bottoms of the trees before you can play the game.
To set up the game, the trees are placed randomly around the board in the special tree places. The treasure cards are shuffled and placed face down on the castle spot, and the little wooden people are placed near the start spot in the village. The top card is turned over – that is the first treasure you need to find.
Players take turns rolling the dice, and then moving their characters around the board. You can go in any direction you choose as long as you don’t turn around mid-move. The aim at this point of the game is to land on the blue spots where you can take a peek at the treasure token hidden underneath the tree.
You don’t show the token to anyone else, and you have to try to continue around the board during your goes, in order to find out where all the treasures are hidden. When you know where the token depicted by the top card is hidden (or you want to give it a guess) you can head to the castle to stand on the key and make a guess.
If you guess correctly, you can then keep the card and turn over the next card. You remain by the castle until your next go, when you can guess where the next treasure is, or move away from the castle to go & visit some more trees. If you guess and get it wrong, you have to go all the way back to the beginning of the game.
There are a few more rules suggested in the instructions to make the game more interesting which could be good when playing with older children or other adults, but for us & the girls we are sticking with the standard rules for now. It’s a bit of a cross between a strategy and a memory game, and I’ve never played something quite like this one before – it’s a lot of fun.
The only downside for this game is that for the younger players it can drag on a tiny bit; Lydia is just five and she found it a bit slow going towards the end. There were five of us playing so it took a while to get around to her go, and with moves of up to 12 at a time on a board like this where there are multiple paths available meant that it could take some time per go for each player to decide where they wanted to head.
We give Enchanted Forest 4 stars – it was really enjoyable to play and I really like the way it is based on treasure hunting and fairytales.