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Store:  Editor's Pick Kids Games, 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

  • Customer Favorites Rank: #1


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

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.7 in 11 reviews

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by Ken
Amazingly simple, Amazingly good, but such sad bits.
April 19, 2009

I just picked up this game on discount from here. I went on the reviews and I am not disappointed. My daughter has requested this more than any other lately. She gets incredibly excited and wants to logically step through which expensive items might be under "the secret door."

We talk it out and share what we can all remember. Even I get excited. We have not yet won, but we keep coming back for more.

The game is, in comparison with so many games these days, not very attractive. The art is nice and would even be okay, but I long for nice chunky bits like you find in say, carcassonne. They're so thin, they're just hard to pick up. They're about the weight of paper they make fruit rollup boxes out of. If a child got mad and bent one, the game wouldn't be quite the same.

I wish somebody would buy the rights to this from the company and make it all snazzy. How about z-man or rio grande?

If you have young kids, just get it. Fully worth the money even at regular price.

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.

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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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