Cauldron Quest: A Cooperative Game Review
My kids LOVE everything playfully-spooky. Halloween is their favorite holiday of the year- they begin celebrating in September and end sometime in December :). In addition, they have recently loved listening to the first two Harry Potter books, making their love for brews, owls, and friendly wizards at an all time high.
Cauldron Quest, from Peaceable Kingdom, is a great new cooperative game about just that- wizards and mice and everything nice :). Okay, so maybe not mice (I had to figure out something that rhymed and mice seem to be a common ingredient to a bubbly brew, right??).
The object of the game is to work together to get the 3 correct ingredients into the bubbly cauldron before the evil wizard blocks the paths of the potion bottles.
While there are 6 potion bottles, only 3 of them contain the right ingredients, so not only do the potions need to make it to the cauldron in time, but players have to figure out which potions they actually need!
Players roll the 2 white dice on each person’s turn. Depending on the combination of the dice, players get to do a variety of actions. One (un)special combination of the white dice means the evil wizard blocks the path. While there are a couple ways to unblock the path, they aren’t easy to do! My kids talked through many of the decisions, listening to each other about what each person thinks the next move should be. Admittedly, the instructions felt a bit complicated while reading them through initially, but after one full cycle around the board, we all felt totally comfortable with the play.
I played with the kids for the first and second games, but after that, they played a third game totally on their own.
My little sidenote about cooperative games:
No yelling! No rude words! No tears at the end!
Not only do I love the common collaborative task and teamwork that cooperative games like Cauldron Quest encourages, but my kids really like it too. Even my kid who has an incredibly high competitive streak, loves to engage in these games. I think everyone feels relieved that they don’t have to compete to be the best, but they can just play to have fun. Cooperative games really are the best thing that can happen to a family, especially one with young kids.
All this to say, Cauldron Quest is a great game for kids ages 5+ , especially for siblings who need some bonding time that will actually end in closer relationships :). The topic is super fun, the game is light-hearted and it’s not a sure-fire win (actually, we haven’t won yet!).
To view more cooperative games from Peaceable Kingdom (which, btw, is a great company to support), check out their cooperative game page. AND, for a bonus, you can check out our review of Buzz, also a Peaceable Kingdom cooperative game!
I received a complimentary copy of this game from Peaceable Games in exchange for an honest review!