Stuffed Fables is an adventure storybook driven game that gets players to take on the roles of brave soft toys to save the child they love from a scheming, evil mastermind. This unusual game is played in the storybook – a book that acts as your rules reference, story guide, and game board! It is for ages seven & above, and for two to four players. It takes at least 60 minutes or more to play.
To set up this game, simply open the book, each player takes a character card (except Piggle & Lionel initially) and takes your five stuffing tokens. Place the side board next to your storybook and place the cards according to the instructions.
To save me from explaining the setup, why not check out the video!
For the initial play, the book will take you through the first night for your little friend in her big girl bed! There are seven stories to explore the many milestones of a child’s life: Big Girl Bed, Wetting Go, A Kinder World, Unhinged, Nothing but the Tooth, Shots & the Dark and Fear of Loneliness.
Each adventure in the game takes place over several pages of the book. The book will reveal a colourful map or other illustration central to playing the game, with choices, story, and special rules on the opposite page. Players have to take turns to draw five dice from the bag and complete the task without waking up the girl and protect her from danger.
Both of my children are keen on this storyline, except there are so many attributes to do in each action. The colours of the dice drawn determine the types of actions and options available to the player. The White dice can re-stuff stuffies injured in battle. Red dice perform melee attacks while green dice perform ranged attacks. Yellow dice search while blue dice are used for special actions and purple dice can be used as any colour. Most dice can always find a strategic use, including moving, using items, or contributing to group tasks. Players can store dice for later, combine dice for stronger actions, or use them one-at-a-time for multiple activations. As turns go by, black dice are also drawn, and after enough appear, minions emerge or attack, and the dice bag is reset!
This game really appeals to our family as it helps create an imaginative adventure for both child and adult alike. It also encourages players to co-operate together by sharing dice or their precious stuffing. Each chapter will unfold into different stories and are full of surprises! This game is not about winning but more on working together and forming a beautiful story.
It is an interesting game for families who love a different kind of game, an adventure game! I do find that this game is quite expensive and it is still quite a new game. I would probably buy it when the price down comes down a bit or when if there’s a sale as I am not sure of the longevity of the game. We will have to see if my children will want to play it again and again after we have gone through all the stories. It is available to buy from all good toy retailers, eBay and Amazon. For more information visit Asmodee website.
Also do check out our last month review – 7 Wonders.
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