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Welcome to another edition of Board Game Analysis! The regular blog feature where we take a look at the new or popular board or card games and test them out.
This time we are looking at Disney’s Hocus Pocus from Ravensburger. The game is for 2-6 players aged 8+
What’s in the box?
- Cauldron game board
- Witch board
- Sun token
- Stun token
- Binx the cat mover
- 50 Ingredients cards
- 13 Spell cards
- 4 Trick tokens
- Instructions sheet
Objective and gameplay
This game is quite unique as instead of playing against each other, you play together as a team to defeat the evil Sanderson sisters. The game is based on the Disney movie Hocus Pocus so if you have not seen it before, it is well worth a watch!
You all start with four cards each and you can not show anyone else which cards you have. You take turns adding an ingredient card into the cauldron based on colour or symbol. The aim is to get all the top cards in the cauldron the same colour or symbol. Each time that you use a card you then pick another card from the pile so you always have four cards in your hand.
If you manage to get all the same colour or symbols in the pot then you win that round. You have to win three rounds to defeat the Sandersons. However, if you run out of cards from the pile which you have been using to keep your hand of four, then the Sandersons have defeated you and it is game over!
There are other twists and turns too, such as spell cards which can make you get rid of the top card from each ingredient pile in the cauldron or Binx who allows you to show your hand to the other players. It is certainly not as easy as it may sound to defeat those witches!
I was mega excited when I found out about this game as I am a big Disney fan and loved the film. When it arrived, the first thing that I noticed was the box. The game box looks like a book which I think is a really good way to house the game. It is all very good quality which is great.
The first time we played we got a little confused and did not quite understand the rules but once we had played it and realised our mistakes the second time we played we had it all down. Faith loved it and wanted to play again and again! This is definitely going to be played lots in our house.
I love the way you work together as a team too. Sometimes people can get a bit carried away wanting to win in our house as we are all very competitive so playing this game makes a welcomed change as people are more relaxed knowing that we are working together.
All in all, this is a really good game and one that will be enjoyed for years to come.
Are you a Hocus Pocus movie fan? Have you got the game? or will you be adding it to your Christmas wish list? I would love to hear your thoughts.