Publisher: Peaceable Kingdom
Year Published: 2015
No. of Players: 2-4
Playing Time: 20 Minutes
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In Cauldron Quest players will be working together to discover the hidden ingredients and move them to the cauldron in the center of the board. It is not going to be easy however as the evil wizard will be moving around the board as well casting spells and blocking your way. Get all three hidden ingredients to the the cauldron and you win!
To set up Cauldron Quest players place the board in the center of play along with the two sets of dice (the Action dice and Magic dice) and the Spell Breaker Token. Players then randomly choose three cauldron ingredients to place in the center of the board on the cauldron space removing the remainder from play. The six Potion Bottles are then shuffled with the ingredient image face down and one bottle is placed on each of the six starting spaces around the outside of the board (see image below). The Path Blocking tokens are then placed near the board face down and shuffled. Lastly the Wizard Hat token is placed on the Wizard track in it's starting position.
On a player's turn he will roll the Action dice. There are four possible outcomes:
- Move a Potion Bottle. When the player rolls the Potion Bottle along with a number he can move any Potion Bottle that number of spaces (including along the Wizard track if needed).
- Move the Evil Wizard. When the player rolls the Wizard Hat and a number he moves the Wizard Hat token that many spaces along the Wizard Track (clockwise).
- Block a Path. When the player rolls the Wizard Hat and the Lightning a Path Blocking token is taken from the pile of face down tokens and placed on the corresponding location on the board.
- Magical Dice. When the player rolls the Potion Bottle and the Lightning he gets to roll the Magical Dice (up to three times) which can have the three following outcomes:
- Reveal Charm. If the player rolls all even numbers he may reveal one of the face down Potion Bottles turning it face up.
- Swap Charm. If the player rolls all odd numbers he may swap the position of any two Potion Bottles on the board.
- Super Power Charm. If the player rolls numbers adding up to twelve he may move any Potion Bottle up to six spaces.
Note: Once per game player's can use the Spell Breaker token to remove one Path Blocking token which is reshuffled with the others not in play.
The game ends when either all paths to the cauldron are blocked in which case the Evil Wizard wins OR the players successfully get all three Potion Bottles (that match the ingredients) to the Cauldron.
Cauldron Quest is a great game that teaches kids the basics of cooperative game play. It has simple mechanics which allows kids to play on their own and choices that will have them working together to find the best solution. The theme is super appealing to the target age group and the game play is a great complement to that.
Cauldron Quest also teaches kids some basic math skills like addition and knowing even and odd numbers. Both of which were good for my 4 year-old to learn and for my older boys to review.
The artwork is really fun and works well with the theme. The board has the feel of being a wizard's tower while all the Ingredient tokens are your classic potion ingredients like Toad, Mushroom, Bat Wing, and Eye of Newt. The components are solid with thick tokens, plastic Potion Bottles and custom engraved Action dice. At some point I may upgrade by getting a wizard figure to replace the hat. :)
|What is in the box.|
|Ingredient and Path Blocker Tokens.|
I received both Race for the Treasure and Cauldron Quest at the same time, both of which are cooperative games for kids, and I would have to say that Cauldron Quest worked much better for us. The game is not so simple that it plays itself and it isn't too difficult that my 4 year-old wasn't able to play along with us. All three of my boys (4, 7, and 9) really enjoyed it and had fun playing it. I imagine at some point we will out grow it, but for now it will go into our collection.
Parents looking for a game to get their kids into cooperative gaming with some educational value will love Cauldron Quest. Check it out on Amazon by clicking the link below.
|A quick play through.|
I am giving Cauldron Quest 7 out of 10 super kid meeples.
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