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The Magic Tooth Fairy Game
Although my daughter has not yet lost her first tooth, she is highly anticipating her first tooth fairy visit as many of her friends have already collected from this little creature who has seemingly upped her payment since my day!
We came across The Magic Tooth Fairy Game just before Christmas, and thought that it would be a fantastic game to bide time before the real tooth fairy came to our house. We hunted around for prices and found someone selling one brand new for £5 which I thought was a brilliant price considering Amazon was selling this at £20 at the time!
Come Christmas morning, my daughter was already extremely excited, and this was one of the first board games she opened and of course, we had to play it, though did it excite my daughter? And did it live up to my expectations?
THE TOOTH IS OUT THERE
The Magic Tooth Fairy Game comes in an overly large box which is really not needed in the slightest. It is obviously aimed at girls with the stereotypical bold pink and orange colours, though of course, game can be played by both boys and girls despite the colouring of the packaging! The image on the front is not as I would expect from a modern game with two fairies and a sleeping child in an image which I would place more so from my era of the eighties. It seems there are two different image versions to this game, though they are similar in style and personally not to my liking. My daughter simply sees fairies and she is happy, and it is the child who matters so this really is only a little dig of mine.
Of course, it is not the appearance of the packaging that rates a game...
There is not a huge amount of contents involved with this game, and all are decently made. The main item, at least the most exciting item for the child, is the magical bed complete with magic wand. The bed is made of a sturdy light blue plastic which has a sticker across the bottom in the form of the bedsheets. This also acts as the dice as you will find a spinning circle with the numbers 1-4 upon it. A bold pink arrow spinner slots in to the middle of this and the child can easily spin this around. This is very handy as we are always loosing dice. This way, you always know where it is - right on the main part of the game! Next to this spinner area is a material pillow which is firmly stuck on to a trapdoor style opening. This lifts up to enable players to put their tooth in the small hole and in turn, use the magic wand to turn your tooth into a gold coin. This is a very simple contraption though really excites my daughter every time we play it, even though she knows how we set up the game. As mentioned, this area acts as a trap door - just inside the hole you will find a small flap which activates when you press the small plastic magic wand into the slot at the head of the bed. If a tooth is in here, the tooth will slide down into the bottom compartment and a gold coin with replace it, coming down from a smaller compartment in the headboard. These compartments are easy to set up before the game by simply unclipping the latch at the bottom of the bed and placing all the coins inside. To retrieve the teeth afterwards, you simply reverse this process. The coins slot into the headboard into a little money box style slot. The magic wand itself is a thin yet sturdy piece of plastic with a long end to push into the bed slots with a round top to it which holds two stickers of the fairies on the front of the box. When not being used, the wand slots in to the bed on either side of the headboard.
The gameboard itself is a very simple one in a circular shape which folds neatly into four pieces when not being used. It is made of card and can be bent or broken with force, though in the main it is as sturdy as most game boards of this kind. The center of the board has a table effect with images of toys upon it. This is where you place the bed/spinner to make it easier accessible for all players. Around the outside are the spaces for players to go around. There is no starting position and a player can choose where they first put their token player, and there is only three different styles of spaces which you would think would make it easier, though at first it is a little confusing. I will explain more about these spaces in the game play section below.
This game is for two to four players and therefore contains four playing pieces. These pieces are made of sturdy plastic in the shape of a tall dome with a base which allows them to stand up whilst in play. Upon each piece is an image of a child (two boys and two girls) in the same style as the images on the front of the box. The playing pieces are also in different colours though in my opinion still work towards the likes of girls rather than boys with two shades of pink, a yellow and a blue. Upon the back of these pieces is a little slot with two holes. This is where players put their playing teeth by simply hanging them on to the 'backpack'. The teeth sit in here really well and is very easy for children to sort out.
Next you have the mouth and teeth items as you really don't want to be pulling your own teeth out! Each mouth piece is shaped like the lid of a box, and following the style of the rest of the game, is in a sturdy plastic. On the front you will see a simple image of lips which go around the outside of a hole in the shape of an open mouth. Four corner teeth are permanently stuck in here, though by turning over this item, you will see four little raised circles. It is on these that the play teeth are clipped on; four teeth to a mouth. Each tooth is a white plastic and have four little parts which come out of it enabling the player to clip it onto the mouth. Once on here, the teeth hold well though are still easy enough to put on and take off again.
Of course, when there is a tooth fairy, you need some gold coins, and this game comes complete with a selection of round gold coins, each with a number '1' upon them with an eagle on the back, looking similar to a pound coin. Like the teeth, these coins are reasonably small and can easily be lost or eaten by small children and animals.
Finally we have a simple pack of cards. Upon these cards you will find one of five different directions which I will outline better below.
This game is for two to four players between the ages five to eight years old (and of course us adults who are invited by our lovely children to play!).
The game is by Drummond Park.
DON'T JUMP ON THE BED
Set up of the game is very simple and can be found in the section above. It takes only seconds to get the game ready for play.
The rules of this game are simple though are a little confusing at first. Like always, my daughter picked this game up quicker than both me and my husband - a little worrying in some ways!
As in all childrens games, the youngest player goes first and play moves around to the left. Each player can put their playing piece anywhere on the board to start before the first player spins the spinner and moves the designated number of spaces around the board clockwise. As already mentioned, there are only three different types of spaces on the board and you will need to follow the instructions once you land on each space. These are as follows;
Wobbly Tooth Space
This space is the most in depth though is still pretty simple. If you land on this space, you will need to pick up one of the upturned cards from the pile and follow the instructions on it. There are only five different types of cards in the pack and each have simple (though at first confusing) directions;
1. Tooth Comes Out: Pull a tooth from your mouth piece and hook it on your playing pieces backpack.
2. Go Straight To Bed: If you have not already got a tooth in your backpack then follow the instructions above. Immediately move your playing piece to the next 'go to bed' space and lift up the magic pillow on the bed, putting your tooth under it. Use the magic wand and retrieve your gold coin. Personally, I feel that there is not really any point putting the tooth in the backpack just to take it out again straight away though my daughter likes moving her piece to the right spot with it in the back so perhaps it is a child thing!!
3. Courage: Can you summon the courage to pull out a wobbly tooth? Use the spinner on the bed, and if you spin a 1 or a 2, you do have the courage. Pull out a tooth and hook it on to your backpack. If the spinner lands on a 3 or 4 then it is the end of your turn.
4. Oops! Lost it! You pull out a wobbly tooth though you loose it. Upon this card is an outline of a tooth. Put the tooth on this space and leave it there until you spin a 1 on another turn. Once you spin a 1 you can put the tooth in your backpack.
5. Tooth stayed in: This is self explanatory - the tooth stays in and it's the end of your turn.
Go To Bed space
If you have a tooth in your backpack from a previous turn then put it under the pillow on the bed and use the wand to get your coin. If you do not have a tooth already, your turn is over.
Spin Again space: Self explanatory once again!
The gameplay is very simple as I have already mentioned, Simply follow the instructions above from the space names and cards and the first one to swap all their teeth for coins is the winner.
The game takes approximately 10 minutes to play and so is a very short game which is good for youngsters as it keeps them entertained for just the right amount of time before they start trailing off.
My daughter really enjoys playing this game, though unlike many of her board games, she does not play this over and over again. At the moment, my daughter is five years old and the age specifications on the box states that this game is great for the age of five to eight though I personally think that once a child peaks the age of six, this game will be too simple, too short, and too boring for them. Time will tell.
In my opinion, this game is certainly no where near as good as many other games my daughter has. I think that the average price of £20 for this game is extortionate! We paid £5 and I am glad we did not pay any more. I would certainly not recommend this game for any more than that.