This winter has been a bit rough on my family. After over a month with several days of single digit or below-zero temperatures and snow at least once a week, we have been getting a little stir crazy. Being cooped up inside is no fun at all, especially with two girls who get bored easily. Fortunately for all of us, we have been staying entertained with two new fun Harry Potter games from Pressman Toys!
Some of the most enjoyable times I had as a child were when I played games with my family and friends, and I am happy to pass that along to my own children. Not only do games give us a chance to spend time together as a family, they also provide valuable skills such as following rules and learning how to play with others. And of course, the best part is that they provide hours of entertainment.
I love all things Harry Potter, so I was ecstatic to receive Harry Potter Magical Beasts Board Game and Harry Potter Triwizard Maze Game. I want my girls to love Harry Potter as much as I do, and I was able to bring the magical world of Harry Potter home with these two games!
The Harry Potter Magical Beasts Board Game is for two to four players, ages eight and up. The object of the game is to collect all of the Beast Clue cards to identify one of six kinds of magical beasts (acromantual, phoenix, pixie, merpeople, hippogriff, or basilisk). First, each player chooses a mover (Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, or Ginny Weasley) and sets the game board on either the Hogwarts Interior side or Hogwarts Grounds side (the board comes with two playing surfaces!). Each player then takes turns rolling the dice and moving to the marked spaces on the board to draw a Beast Clue card. There are four categories of Beast Clue cards – size, color, location and classification. The size and color cards can only be collected on the Hogwarts Interior side, and the location and classification cards can only be collected on the Hogwarts Grounds side. If the dice lands on the passage icon, then the game board is flipped to the other surface and the player who rolled the dice can steal a Beast Clue card from another player. The game ends when one player collects all four cards to match the clues given for one of the types of beasts.
The Harry Potter Triwizard Maze Game is also for two to four players, ages five and up. In this game, players take turns popping the dice and moving all four of their movers around the board from the start spaces to the home spaces. There are a number of spots on the board where players must draw a maze card and follow the instructions on the card. Some of the cards are helpful (such as “Lumos; Your Path is Illuminated – Move Forward 1 Space” or “Defeat an Acromantula – Place One of Your Movers on Your Home Row”), but other cards are not (such as “A Blast-Ended Skrewt Attacks – Move Back 3 Spaces” or “Cruciatus Curse – Move One of Your Movers Back to Start”). The first player to get all of his or her movers to the home spaces is the winner. My daughter called this game an “a-maze-ing” good time!
My family has really enjoyed spending time together playing both of these games, and I see many more hours of entertainment in the future! If you are interested in either game, check out Pressman Toys to find out where you can buy them online. The Harry Potter Magical Beasts Board Game sells for $15.35 and the Harry Potter Triwizard Maze Game sells for $8.98.