We have talked at length already about the value of playing cooperative games with your kids.
With that in mind you can only imagine my surprise when I was able to set an appointment at New York Toy Fair with a company that specializes in them. In fact, coop games are the only kinds of games they publish.
I got a look at a number of their games. Below is a list of the ones I found most interesting. We’ll be publishing reviews of several of them over the next few months s keep on eye on EFG!
This is a cooperative game that will fit right at home in any house full of Harry Potter fans.
Players are working together in Cauldron Quest to brew a magic potion that their kingdom needs to break a magic spell cast by an evil wizard.
They do this by trying to move special barrels of ingredients from the outside of the board into the cauldron in the center. This might SOUND easy, but the evil wizard is trying to stop them by putting magic barriers in the way.
This is a game that really commits to its theme and we can’t wait to get more time with it.
Race to the Treasure
Tile laying games are great and Race to the Treasure is a great introduction to the genre. Players take turns laying tiles on a grid trying to make a path to a treasure before a monstrous ogre can take five steps. He takes his steps whenever players reveal his special tiles.
This is a challenging game that will test players of all ages.
The Fairy Game
The Fairy Game is in the running for the most adorable thing I saw at New York Toy Fair. Mr. Winter is trying to freeze the fairies’ magical flowers and players have to work together to make them bloom before the ice takes hold. The game play includes light card matching while you race to keep the flowers from freezing over before they bloom!