At a Glance: Mice and Mystics is an epic, cooperative, story-driven adventure that is incredibly engaging for a wide age range.
Mice and mystics is a cooperative game for players that is an adventure story that follows a group of brave mice fighting to save their kingdom. Each person controls a unique mouse character that comes with special abilities and weapons. The game comes with multiple double-sided boards that provide the setting for the story, movement, and action. The story is divided into several chapters, each with unique goals, enemies, and special items that you can discover. On your turn there are a number of different actions that you can perform such as movement, searching, and of course, attacking! This is done using a number of custom dice and is either close or ranged combat (i.e bow and arrow). There are a host of nasty enemies you may encounter throughout the story including a lot of rats, spiders, centipedes, cockroaches, and a Dastardly Old Crow. Each chapter has different win conditions and once the players meet those, they may continue through the story. It IS an actual story. The game comes with a well-written storybook that is immersive and provides a great narrative arc.
You would be hard pressed to find a better storytelling game than this, where it is not just a campaign, but an actual full-fledged tale. This theme is also appealing not just to adults, but especially to children. The game has a bit of an RPG feel to it as well because you will be able to keep certain items and strengthen your characters as you go. I like how there are a ton of unique items that you can find along the way. Depending on what players find and how they develop their character, each game group is going to have a different experience. There are elements to the narrative that are similar to having a dungeon master, however everyone is in it together with the same level of participation and knowledge. I also like how time—a big factor—is kept. If there are no more minions in your location, you can’t dilly-dally because a cheese token is added to the clock. Also, whenever you roll cheese on the dice, cheese is added to the clock. So time is something to always be aware of.
The production quality is absolutely outstanding. The artwork on the large game boards is very well done, and the spaces are not just basic squares or hexes, but rather integrated into the world. For example, when you walk through courtyard, the stones on the “ground” aren’t uniformly shaped, making the setting more immersive and interesting. Even though the literal scale is small, it is an epic adventure. I highly recommend it!
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