The Secret Door
List Price: $15.00
Your Price: $11.99
(Worth 1,199 Funagain Points!)
from 11 customer reviews
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A mystery game! Valuables have been stolen & we have to find them before Midnight. Together we search through the Mansion for clues. At Midnight, the Thieves may slip away with all the hidden booty! Children enjoy figuring out the mystery of what is behind the Secret Door. Because of the co-operative principle, everyone is part of a team that discusses ideas & shares strategies. Other important skills of Memory & Logic get a workout, too. Each game is different, exciting & tricky. That's why adults like playing along! Get the magnifying glass, Holmes, & let's get on with the Case. Midnight approaches!
I loved this game as a child, and I still do. I have 5 children of my own now and the oldest 4 (Ages: 4, 6, and 8) love playing this game. It is exciting for them and full of mystery. It is definitely not a boring board game. The quality of the pieces is so high, and they all love searching for the hidden object. This is great fun for the whole family! We all love it! There should be more games like this.
As an elementary school counselor of 10 years, and the father of 3, I have lots of cooperation books and games. But this one is my all-time favorite of all. It is simple, can be played in about 10- 15 minutes, always changes, is imaginative, and understandable for children as young as about 5. 11 year-olds enjoy it, and when I encourage kids to help each other, they are working towards a group goal, not against each other. Admittedly, it is a bit flimsy, but after about 5 years of regular play, I am ordering another one.
Not just simply "Memory" and no complicated movements or rules. Secret Door is the rare game that not only encourages kids and parents to play, it allows them to interact.
It's tough to make a cooperative game that is compelling, but this one succeeds. The game bits are very low-tech and not nearly as appealing as the current European entries, but the game is so simply great and appropriate, it transcends its production values. That's my definition of a great value. Enjoy.
Secret Door is one of the best cooperative games I've seen. My children certainly love the way we get to work together as a team when playing this game, so this has become one of our favorite Concentration variants.
There are a few things to be aware of before purchasing the game, however. First, the game IS a Concentration variant, so if your kids have already played a lot of Concentration, this game will not feel fresh. Second, the game is published by a small publisher, and the game components look and feel like a homemade game. In particular, the tiles are made of a fairly flimsy card stock, and aren't likely to hold up to any abuse. The tiles must be punched out before the first time you play, and it is very difficult to punch out the pieces without making some sort of crease or tear on the back of the one of the pieces.