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OK For The Price
on 23 November 2013
Unlike the "Magic Wand Game" which I've just reviewed, this one, "Rapunzel Enchanted Forest" is at least fair value for money at the current price of just over £12. The game itself isn't what I'd call brilliant but it's not awful either, although I do feel that it falls somewhere between age groups. That is, it requires a level of concentration and ability to rise above frustration that is likely to be too much for little ones, whereas older children will quickly get bored with its limited scope.
As with many games, you soon realise that more could have been done to make it more interesting; for example, there's a section of the board which never gets visited because, although it has squares to move on, there's no earthly need to go there - it contains none of the tree squares that players need to land on to progress through the game.
This sounds like a small point to mention, but it's one which annoys me every time we've played the game; if you get to play it yourself you'll see what I mean. Why not space the trees out more evenly and make use of the whole board? It makes no sense.
There are also other ways that the game could have been made more interesting but perhaps the designers thought that it's challenging enough as it is. Not a bad game, and reasonable value for money, but it's not as interesting or imaginative as it could have been.