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The Secret Door
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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

by Mark Engelberg
This is a cleverly-designed cooperative version of Concentration, mixed with a touch of Clue. Three tiles are randomly set aside at the beginning of the game. Players try to form matches from the remaining tiles with the ultimate goal of determining the missing pieces before 12 clock tiles are turned up.

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.

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