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Players: 2 - 4
Time: 15 - 20 minutes
Ages: 4 - 8
Weight: 690 grams
Average Rating: 4.5 in 2 reviews
My five year old loves to play this game. The board is made up of sixteen cards that show different rooms of a house. Each time, the board is set up in a different way, which adds to the interest of the game. On each turn, the player will spin one die that has either a color or a star on the side. If a color comes up, the player advances his/her token to the next colored place on the board. Since the board is constantly changed, that may mean a jump of ten steps or only one. If the die shows a star, then the player must pick a card which shows an item found in one of the rooms. The player finds the room that has this item and moves his/her token to that room. This may cause a player to jump to the top of the house or fall back to a lower level. The first player to reach the attic wins. My five year old loves the game and even I don't mind playing it.
This is fairly and squarely a kid's game. It uses a coloured die which means number and reading skills are not needed - my 3 year old can play it, but rarely lasts until the end of the game (he gets a bit silly). My 5 year old loves it.
BUT we play with a simple but important tweak. In the rules, rolling a star means that you must search the randomly placed rooms to find the object. This is fun, but there is no tension and it can even be disappointing if you are nearly finished and then you find the object in the very first room. What we do is that everyone must look for the object and announce when they have found it, and this determines the movement of the player who rolled the star. If the roller is first to spot the object they move to the fourth star in front of them, second they move forward 3 stars, third they move 2 stars and last only one star. When the player reaches the attic and there are no more stars, they move on the white spaces instead. You should adjust the movement for the number of players: with three players, move 4,3,2; and with two, move 4 and 2. We also do not allow a player to win by rolling a star and moving to the final white space if they were the last one to spot the object.