|User||Rating||Min. Age||Adults Too||Comment
|1wif||9||4||Yes ||Super fun! Super cute! And easy to change difficulty levels based on the age of your wee gamer. A favourite. Tonight after playing it my daughter said she'd give it 68 thumbs up.
|flieger||9||4||Yes ||I agree with sagrilarus about the necessity of adult involvement in the game. It would be terrible to lose a tile, preventing you to use the game's most fun mechanism.
I play this game with my 4 yo. At first she had a little trouble with the 'action point' concept, but after the third play she pretty much got the hang of it. It is important for a young player to be allowed to play around with the sliding tiles. It is a fun game for them just trying to trap mice.
In our last game, the first indications of tactical thinking came to light in her. What a fun moment for a gamer dad!
The only reason why i didn't rate this game a ten is for the lack of storage space for the pieces (i keep the tiles in a zip lock, high up in a shelf) and the lack of spare parts.
Other than that, the game is a winner, and will kids and adults entertained quite well.
|alkaiser||8||7||Yes ||This is really an adult game disguised as a kids game. The set collection, memory and moving board elements (think of Amazing Labyrinth) of the game point to it being a kids game. Not to mention the the great artwork and fantastic little mice. But the action point element of the game makes it a tough game for smaller kids to play. And there is enough going on here to keep a group of adults happy for a game or two.
|boltongeordie||8||6||Yes ||See Sagrilarus comments below.
|Yokiboy||8||4||Yes ||Burg Appenzell is a great twist on a typical memory game. My 4-year old daughter enjoys at, and while she's played the game since she was 3, she is just now starting to understand the 4 Action Points mechanic.
My 10-year old daughter loves the game and its two expansions (Cheesy Gonzola and Völlig mausgeflippt). She fully grasps the strategy and tactics of the game.
This is good for adults as well.
|sagrilarus||6||4||Yes ||The game is fun and my kids enjoy it. My four-year-olds play and enjoy, although not competitively. My seven-year-old does better. My ten-year-old is in the hunt.
Note to parents -- this game will absolutely positively require your attention in order for your kids to play. Different ages are going to play this game with significantly different levels of ability, and the turn mechanic is sufficiently complex to keep all but well-seasoned players from needing a guiding hand. That said, it's an enjoyable experience that I recommend, but don't plan to get the dishes done while the twins play quietly at the table.
As mentioned by Alkaiser, this game is certainly weighty enough to interest adults, but I am of the opinion that it is possible to stalemate or MAD most of the time. Several mechanics in the movement of the pieces and board can combine to make for complete snookering of a player, especially if two or more were to gang up. I have not played with adult players yet, so I do not speak with authority on this. I will be curious to see how it turns out.
Some additional information that must be mentioned:
1. Many chokeworthy pieces in this game, and many many pieces with no spares. Store away from small children.
2. Game rules recommend tossing all the bits in the holes to clean up after a game (you'll understand if you buy it.) I have found this to be a very big problem and plan to take a saw to my plastic insert to address the issue. For the moment I am storing all chits, mice, and battlements in a ziplock and throwing it on top of the box on a high shelf. I have no doubt that they will address this problem in version 2.
3. Price varying greatly on the web right now. Shop around.