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Store:  Kids Games, Editor's Pick Kids Games
Edition:  Secret Door
Theme:  Mystery
Genre:  Cooperative
Format:  Board Games
Other:  Games for young gamers

The Secret Door

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Ages Players
5+ 1-8

Designer(s): Jim Deacove

Manufacturer(s): Family Pastimes

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Product Description

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!

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Jim Deacove

  • Manufacturer(s): Family Pastimes

  • Year: 1991

  • Players: 1 - 8

  • Ages: 5 and up

  • Weight: 331 grams

  • All-Time Sales Rank: #30

  • Customer Favorites Rank: #65


  • Board 12 x 12 in
  • Clock Cards
  • Set of Valuables
  • The Secret Door

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.7 in 11 reviews

by Catherine Peoples
Best Game EVER!
January 22, 2009

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.

by Joe Johnson
My favorite cooperative kid game
January 15, 2008

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.

Great game for a tough age range
December 05, 2007

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.

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by jim deacove
Competitive version? Caution advised
August 25, 2004

The competitive version offered by scala of malaysia has a problem. It doesn't work.

If players conceal information from each other, some will get a few pairs, some no pairs, some more pairs and when time runs out, the no pairs player will be clueless and just guess. The others with a balance of pairs will also not have enough information to make a reasonable guess.

Forget the competitive version. Let memory, logic and good feelings prevail!

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