If you’ve been reading our articles for a little while, you’ll know I’m a huge fan of co-operative games. My eldest has a competitive streak to rival my own and watching her play games gives me flashbacks to my own childhood grudge matches (otherwise known as memory, checkers, monopoly, well, you get the gist!).
So in this spirit, my eldest received a copy of The Secret Door for her 6th birthday last month. (With a month before Halloween, it seemed the perfect time for her to unwrap her first mystery game! Two birds, one game!)
Designed for ages 5 and up, the aim of this game is for the participants to embrace their inner Sherlock Holmes, and work together to discover the three treasures hidden behind the secret door, all before the 12th tick of the clock. It’s a little Cinderella, except in this case it’s the thieves that slip away.
We’ve had a great time playing this game; we make ‘bong’ noises for each tick of the clock and ‘creeeeek’ noises as the door begins to open. It’s a memory based game, which really works for my eldest who is mad for those sorts of games. And there is even a simplified version of the game so that my youngest can join the fun too (you know, when her sister lets her, that is!).
Produced by Family Pastimes, and made in Canada the secret door game is made simply. A printed cardboard box, printed cardboard pieces, and the base is also made from cardboard and waterproof papers, waterbased glues and inks. The inks are non-toxic but the clarity of the print is not comparable to games say by Haba. That being said, the price point is less than half the price of Haba!
So grab your magnifying glass and see if you too, can figure out what’s behind the door before the thieves make off with the loot!
Where to Buy:
Australia: (although this is coming from the US anyway so it is cheaper to go through Amazon)