*A Game by Lorenzo Silva, Andrea Crespi, & Stefano Castelli
*Art by Giulia Ghigini
Potion Explosion is a family game where each player has two potions in front of them to make on their turn, a player pulls one marble from the dispenser and collects all marbles after that hit of the same color. They then place these marbles in their potion or beaker and place any unused back in the dispenser. Play continues until all skill tokens have been taken by players either from finishing 5 different potions or 3 of one kind of potion. As they finish potions players can use the potions to help them finish other potions. Their abilities are: take one marble, take two adjacent marbles of different colors, take up to one of each color from the bottom row, take two or more adjacent mables of the same color, steal all of one opponents marbles in their beaker and place all the marbles in your beaker or into your potions no matter the color, activate a used potion again, discard up to 5 marbles of 1 color from one track and put them back into the top of the dispenser. A player can take a penalty of -2 points to collect only one marble from the dispenser. The winner is the player with the most points at the end of the game.
Favorite Number To Play With: I enjoy this one most as a two player game. It’s fine as a 3-4 player game, I just don’t enjoy the wait time, because you can’t really plan your next move until it’s your turn.
Favorite Potion And Why: I like the Balm of Uttermost Stickiness Potion-where you can take all the same color in one row that’s touching or the Potion of Prismatic Joy- where you can play whatever is in your beaker no matter the color.
Least Favorite Potion And Why: The Elixir of Blind Love potion, since I’m usually playing this one with my kids, I don’t enjoy using this meaner potion on them.
Mechanics I Like And Dislike: I enjoy the strategy of trying to figure out the best way to use your potions and collecting marbles that you can use.
Favorite Art Or Pieces: The marble dispenser is really cool.
Final Thoughts: This is a fun game for friends or for family. It’s not my favorite, but still a fun game to play.
7 out of 10 Stars
Favorite Number To Play With: I have played 2-4 players and liked it with all I have tried.
Mechanics I Like And Dislike: I like that the mechanics are simple. You pull out a marble, if the 2 that hit are the same color you get them too!
Favorite Art Or Pieces: The potions look so cool! Here are my favorites!
Strategies: 1) Try and take as many of 1 type of potion as possible because you can score more points faster by completing 3 of the same type of potion than if you try and complete 5 of different types. 2) when pulling marbles try to make sure you get at least 1 explosion so you are getting 3 or more marbles compared to just 1 marble. 3) use your potions to set up you turn or use your turn to set up a potion, but make the most of your turns, so you can complete at least one potion a turn.
Final Thoughts: I really like this game! I like candy crush and so it makes me think a little of that app. I think it is simple enough for even non-gamers to pick up pretty fast.
8 out of 10 Stars