Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Recommended age: 8 year-old ++
Who would love this: Board game families
I needed to bring a game for our post-lock-down gathering. Few conditions: the game can’t drag on for too long (because as typical Asian-style reunion, we devote most of our time, ehem, eating); it needs to satisfy the competitive instinct of a bunch of adult cousins, but it must also be entertaining for a five-year-old. It must be light-hearted, with soft strategising elements (not “win by pure luck” sort of game). I chose “Leaps and Ledges” by MindWare , and ohhh, the joy!
Thanks Leisure Learning for recommending and gifting this awesome game to me so that I can share my experience here!
Why I love ❤️ this game:
(1) Competitive Game: This game stresses on competitiveness almost to a “brutal” (but super fun) level; there are loads of “knock the opponent down” and unpredictable moments. Players take turn to move their pawns up the 16-level tower, whilst “sabotaging” the opponents’s progress along the way. Some cards allow us to move other player down a few levels, some allow us to knock everyone off in a “rampage” while climbing the ledges, some give us the greatest power to swap position with another player. The first player to get all four of their pawns to the top wins the game. I love the combination of luck and skill (each player has 3 cards to choose from each round), and how it makes my five-year-old counting the entire night 🤣. Everyone laughed, felt frustrated, and laughed again.
(2) Visually Stunning: The rainbow-coloured tower is visually stunning. I love the uniqueness of how the game is set up vertically. The base is sturdy, the translucent platforms are bright, vibrant and fit together nicely. The meeples pose in four different styles which is an interesting touch. One issue; the blue and green meeple look relatively alike under the refraction of the coloured ledges, which can be a little confusing.
(3) Organised Storage Box: The game comes packaged in a box with plastic insert to keep all components organised (which is great), but the box might seem a bit bulky and larger than most other board games.
Overall, this is a great family game (one that you can definitely bring to your Christmas feast).
For 2 to 4 players.
# gifted in exchange for review
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