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Ali Baba's mysterious treasure chest is before you and waiting to be opened. Together, with the help of the genie, you will try to open the locks with which the treasure chest is secured. The player who sets the last lock correctly may open the chest and discover the treasures concealed within. But don't be too greedy, or you'll be stopped by the snake!
Will you be able to discover a way to solve the mystery and "Open Sesame"?
OK, it's not the most stimulating game for your average board game addict. However, as a speech-language pathologist who works with kids with learning disabilities, this game is great.
Many kids with learning disabilities have difficulty copying from the blackboard because they can't remember the information long enough to write it down or they can't get a sequence right. You can train the same skill with Open Sesame and it's WAY more fun than school. Players need to remember the type of object, the position of the object on the clue card and remember which direction to turn the knob to "unlock" the treasure vault and collect treasure. As my kids with LD start to "get it," I make it more difficult by turning the clue cards upside down or sideways. Then they not only have to remember the position on the card, but mentally manipulate it so it matches what is on the board.
Lest you think this is no big deal, I should remind you that practically every state and nationally standardized test requires kids to fill in little "bubbles" on a sheet of paper that's different from the test booklet. It doesn't matter what you know. It only matters what you can show. If you don't color in the correct bubble, it's scored as incorrect.
Open Sesame is also a good game to teach kids to figure simple probabilities. There are 6 snakes in the treasure vault and 5 have already been discovered. It might be worth taking extra chances since there is only one snake left.
Occupational Therapists might like to know that grasping the the knobs isn't all that easy either. If your child has fine-motor coordination problems, ask your OT if this game would help your child.
If you have a child with learning problems, you know that small successes make a huge difference. Being able to play a beautifully made game with your friends can be a huge deal to a child with a learning disability. There is just enough chance in the game, that it could level the playing field with kids for whom learning is easy.
This can also be used with children who have outgrown simple memory matches, but aren't yet up to speed with more complicated board games.
I'm buying this game for a friend who is a school principal. She is always looking for games that help teach kids to think.
I bought this game thinking the theme was interesting and might make for an engaging game. Unfortunately, I was really disappointed. The theme, such as it is, is merely overlaid upon some uninteresting mechanics which rely mostly on memory, extremely elementary deduction of probability, and blind luck. The game very quickly became tedious and flat. We played one time and will sell the game without further plays.