Theme&andn’What is it?
Enter the Dragons Lair
You and your friends are entering the catacombs in search of riches. Can you navigate the maze, find the precious items, and return to the surface? Will you be able to avoid the dangers of the dungeon; the dragon and the dreaded spiders? Can you pull of the fantastic feat of capturing the dragons themselves?
Treasure of the Dragons is a family game based in memory and push your luck. It’s a nice game for younger players and helps them learn memory skills.
A first look
Treasure of the Dragons is a family game with simple rules. I’d not heard of it before but as I’m always looking for fun games for families this one stood out for its simple mechanics and solid pieces. It’s also designed by Reiner Knizia, who has designed some decent family games in the past. I was interested in getting this to the table.
Simple Rules for Ease of Access
In Treasure of the Dragons you set out the games 49 cardboard tiles in a 7×7 grid. On a players turn they can flip over tiles until they decide to stop or flip over one of the games hazard cards; spiders or dragons. If you decide to stop flipping cards you can collect any cards that form targeted sets. For example, you only need 1 gem to form a set but 2 balls, 3 robots, or 4 chests. As many sets as you’ve revealed you can collect all of those cards. If you flip a spider then your turn ends and every card you’ve revealed is flipped face down and you may move the spider to an empty space in the grid provided one exists. If you flip a dragon during your turn then your turn is over and you flip all of the cards face down including the dragon; However if the dragon is the first card revealed you may continue to flip cards and as long as all you flip are dragons when you decide to stop you may add all of them to your hand. At the end of the game whoever has the most dragons gets the three spider cards, most cards wins.
The tiles here are very well made. They’re nice and chunky and should hold up to lots of punishment from kids.
Saturday Morning Feels
The art in the game is quite nice. It’s obvious what everything is and it has a very cartoony look. Even the spiders look funny instead of scary.
Rainy Day Family Fun
This is a memory game designed to be played with kids. That’s exactly the type of fun you’ll be having.
Perfect for the Little Ones
The box says 5+ and I’m pretty certain that is exactly right. It’s possible that younger kids might be able to play it, but I feel like the push your luck mechanic might get in the way.
General Idea (you type something here)
It’s a very nice game. The pieces are solid, the mechanics are simple enough that it’s easy to play; it is after all a memory variant. The addition of push your luck adds some nice decisions for kids and I like that it’s there.
In the long run how good this game is will come down to your kids and what you’re looking for. If you want a quick easy memory game to play with them or for them to play alone then this is a pretty good one. It’s a little young for my niece but I have some D&D loving friends with kids who might really dig it.
I wish there was more to ay on this, but it’s pretty straight forward and after reading the mechanics section yo probably already know it you want to try it out with your kids.
As always try before you buy. I know that it’s still not easy to do that, but if you get a chance this might be a pretty decent game for your junior players.
Until next time, stay safe and be well.