What Is My First Castle Panic?
My First Castle Panic is a cooperative game for 1-4 players, ages 4 and up, and takes about 20 minutes to play. It’s currently available on Amazon for under $20!
My First Castle Panic Components
Here’s whats included:
- Game board
- 6 cardboard cutouts that assemble to form the castle and wall
- 26 castle cards
- 16 monster tokens
- 4 how to play cards
- 1 monster dungeon (which is also the box insert!)
The cardboard cutouts and monster tokens are of the same sturdy cardboard you’d expect from a good quality game. I wouldn’t be surprised if the castle or wall pieces end up bent because of the kids, but so far they have held up very well. My kids both love the monster artwork on the monster tokens.
The castle cards are also standard quality cards – nothing fancy, but not too flimsy either. But what I really love about them is the diversity and representation presented on the cards. There are four different heroes, two are boys and two are girls, and both girls are POCs. The one with puffs in her hair is so representative of my daughter, that she keeps saying it’s her. Having your kids recognize themselves in something they enjoy is priceless.
How to Play My First Castle Panic
The goal of the game is to prevent the parade of various goblins from storming your castle. All players work together cooperatively!
A card can only be played if the color and shape matches one on the game board where a monster currently resides. If there is a match, the monster is captured and put into the dungeon and the card is discarded.
Any monsters still on the game board get to move forward one space. If a monster is at the end of the path and moves forward, it will knock down the wall and then be captured. If the wall is already gone and a monster is at the end of the path when their movement happens, the monster knocks down the castle.
Turns proceed clockwise until one of the game ending conditions are met.
The game ends with the players victorious if all of the monsters have been captured, or with the players vanquished if the monsters destroy both the wall and castle.
Why You Should Play My First Castle Panic
This game is a great bridge between some of our favorite very young kid cooperative games and more advanced games. Both my three-year-old and my six-year-old enjoyed the game immensely (and keep asking to play again and again, which is always a great sign). My son has even proclaimed My First Castle Panic as his new favorite game we own!
I was worried after we lost our first two games in a row that it would be too difficult. The rule book does have rules for both making the standard play easier or harder. However, we played another round and won and my son didn’t want to make the game easier or harder. We’ve played about twenty or so times at this point and we have about a 50% success rate.
It’s hard to gauge exactly when you’d transition your kids from My First Castle Panic to regular Castle Panic, but it would heavily rely on their gaming experience and how familiar they are with tabletop gaming. My son is six and while he has been loving the game, he has the mechanics down really well and the game is mostly about the luck of the draw of the cards and monsters for him. My daughter, who isn’t quite three yet can play with the help of her brother and myself and I can see her getting a lot more out of it for awhile to come. And unlike Castle Panic, this game is likely too simple of a game for adults to play without little kids.
For more information or to get a copy, check out My First Castle Panic on Amazon!
Disclosure: GeekDad received a copy of this game for review purposes.
This post was last modified on March 5, 2019 8:19 pm