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Disney's A Wrinkle In Time: A Daring Adventure Game Review

Quick Look: Disney's A Wrinkle in Time: A Daring Adventure Game

Designer: Kami Mandell
Artist: N/A
Publisher: USAopoly
Year Published: 2018
No. of Players: 1-3
Ages: 8+
Playing Time: 30-45 min.

From the publisher:

A Wrinkle in Time: Daring Adventure Game is a cooperative dice game that captures the journey of the 2018 theatrical adaptation of the Madeline L'Engle novel.

In the game, players take on the role of the story's main characters—Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin — and work together to solve mathematical puzzles, decode secret messages, and tesser to new locations to rescue Mr. Murry and get home. The engineering of a hexaflexagon is behind the "Flex Enfolders", which when used in conjunction with dice rolls must sum up to progress through five movie-based locations, or levels.

A coding portion of each round relies on players' abilities to communicate and lay out an "operation chain" that aims to generate a successful result, after which they will use the color filtration of Mrs. Who's "Quizzing Glasses" to reveal Mr. Murry's hidden whereabouts.

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This copy of A Wrinkle in Time: A Daring Adventure Game was provided to me for the purposes of this review, but the opinions here are my own.

Review: Disney's A Wrinkle in Time: A Daring Adventure Game

Overview and Theme:
Based on the 2018 movie adaptation of the Madeline L'Engle novel, A Wrinkle in Time: A Daring Adventure is a cooperative game that includes rolling dice, strategically using them, and flexing your Enfolders to help complete each step of the journey back towards home.

Although the game is well-suited for fans of the movie and novel, the components are interesting and kids and families can engage with the planning and pre-coding strategy. Cooperative games are always a hit for my family, where different skill sets turn out to be an advantage when combined. It's time to step up and help Meg and Charles Wallace find Mr. Murry!

Components and Setup:
The most eye-catching components of A Wrinkle in Time: A Daring Adventure Game are the plastic Enfolders, which reminded us of the old Rubik's Rings puzzle in the way the pieces fold back and forth while staying connected. You can fully expect that while you're removing and setting up the other components and reading the rules, the kids will be folding and testing their Enfolders!

The other components include a fold-out game board; player mats for Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin; a deck of large Location cards; cards for Mr. Murry's cell; a pair of Mrs. Who's Quizzing Glasses (when you get far enough down in the box to take those out, the kids might temporarily lose interest in the Enfolders to gaze around the room through the red colored lenses...); several tokens; and seven special dice, each representing a different character in the story.

The instruction booklet makes it quick and easy to sort these components and set up the table for the first game. There is also a two-page spread in the booklet to show how to fold your Enfolder (outward or inward) and how to read its value, as well as what the symbols on the dice mean. After you've followed the setup steps and inspected all the components so you know how they work and what they mean, you're ready to tesser across time and space to try to save Mr. Murry!

Game Play and Mechanics:
A Wrinkle in Time: A Daring Adventure Game is a collaborative, cooperative game, which means that everyone wins or loses together. Cooperative games are a huge hit with my family and homeschooling groups because they are an easy way to smooth over differences in skill or strategy and allow everyone to come together towards a common goal. In this game, you'll be generally following the plot of A Wrinkle in Time.

Each large Location card has a certain number range for each player count (the game can be played with 1, 2, or 3 players). Your goal is to work together in rolling and assigning the dice to bring the number total on all your Enfolders into that range, which will then allow you to successfully tesser to the next location. Travel together through all five locations and tesser home with Mr. Murry, and you win!

At the beginning of each round, the first player will roll the dice and apply any immediate actions (adding tokens to the Darkness Meter) that came up. That player will then "lock in" one of the dice, taking the action shown on that die to flex or flip their Enfolder, change dice results, or remove a Darkness token. Then the player will be able to take the special character action associated with the character die they locked in.

The character dice include Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which, The IT, the Happy Medium, Red, Aunt Beast, and Mr. Murry, and your extra actions may include flexing your Enfolder; changing, assigning, or unlocking dice; etc.

There's some good family-level strategy to be had here in choosing which die to lock in on your turn, since you will take both the die-face action and the character action, and you want to make that combination as powerful as possible. Since A Wrinkle in Time: A Daring Adventure Game is cooperative, you can discuss these decisions as a team!

Players continue taking turns rolling and locking in dice until all 7 dice are locked in. Next, you will work together to assign the dice to the game board to make an Operation Chain--a little light coding work to "program" the way you will all fold your Enfolders. After you have assigned the dice to the Operation Chain, everyone follows that chain together, and at the end will add together the total value showing on all the Enfolders.

If that value falls within the range on your Location card, you have tessered! You can remove that Location and move onto the next one for your next turn. If your group's total Enfolder value is outside the range on the card, you'll need to take another turn at your current Location, adding another token to the Darkness Meter when you do.

Your group will win at the journey if you are able to tesser away from the final Location...but you will lose if you need to add a token to the Darkness Meter and there are no more spaces to fill.

The Good:
A Wrinkle in Time: A Daring Adventure Game is a really unique offering in the world of pop-culture-themed games. Not only is is cooperative, but it has the coding skills of completing the Operation Chain, and it has attention-grabbing components including the Enfolders, the Quizzing Glasses, and the custom dice. There's a lot more game here than in many movie-tie-in games, and also has the advantage of being able to be played solo, for kids who may want to fit in more games than their family or friends have time to share.

My daughter and her friends enjoyed the way the game followed the movie, and they loved the photographs and the plot pieces, allowing them to take a tessering journey of their own. They added their own layers of conversation to the game, elaborating on the plot as they moved from Location to Location. This makes it a joy for gameschoolers, who may choose to use the novel, movie, and game to tie together into one deeper study.

The Bad:
It's too bad that the game is limited to three players. That does make sense with the storyline (only the three of them traveled together), but there were times when my daughter wanted to play with more friends and they wound up having to choose another game instead.

It's probably already clear from the rest of the review, but this is definitely a game for kids and families, and wouldn't hold the interest of gamers looking for a heavy gaming experience, so please take that into consideration!

Players Who Like:
This game is certainly best for fans of A Wrinkle in Time in its movie or book formats. Families who enjoy cooperative games like Forbidden Island or Pandemic: The Cure, or who enjoy coding and programming games like Robot Turtles or RoboRally will find things to enjoy here too.

Final Thoughts:
A Wrinkle in Time: A Daring Adventure Game is packed with engaging components, cooperative gameplay, and coding and planning strategy. It draws in fans of the movie and keeps them absorbed in working through the plot together, and was a hands-down winner for my daughter.

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Alexa Chaplin- Reviewer

My name is Alexa: I'm a life-long game player and homeschooling mom to two awesome kids. I've loved board games since my early days playing Scrabble and Gin Rummy with my grandmother, and life only got more interesting when I married a Battletech enthusiast and fellow game lover. We've played games with our kids since they were small, and I helped start a thriving homeschool co-op where we have weekly sessions of board games with kids.  In a family with kids raised on Catan and Pandemic, life is sure to be fun! You may run into me on Twitter, BoardGameGeek, and other social media as MamaGames. Be sure to say hi!

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Disney's A Wrinkle In Time: A Daring Adventure Game Review Disney's A Wrinkle In Time: A Daring Adventure Game Review Reviewed by MamaGames - Alexa C. on April 23, 2019 Rating: 5

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