Enchanted Forest Review

Ravensburger is known for releasing high-quality, fun games. Though perhaps not as popular or well-known as some of the larger companies, especially outside Europe, Ravensburger’s offerings typically do not disappoint, especially when children are involved.

Enchanted Forest doesn’t quite meet with the quality level of some of Ravensburger’s other titles, but it’s still a decent amount of fun for younger audiences.

Set in a fairy tale world, which isn’t a surprise given the light-hearted box art and name, Enchanted Forest is essentially a glorified game of Memory. Players begin in a town on one side of a board covered in trees. On the opposite side of the board is a castle. Players must move through the forest by rolling dice, investigating trees as they go along.

Each tree has an object or character from a fairy tale on its bottom, corresponding to a card in a deck set inside the castle. Once the players have found the tree with a symbol that matches the face-up card from the deck, they must rush to the castle, land on a space with a key, and correctly identify which tree has the symbol. Get it right and you get the card. Get it wrong and you’re tossed back to town to traipse through the forest again. The first player with three cards wins.

And that… is… it. There’s not much else to Enchanted Forest.

Unlike many other Ravensburger games that can change significantly between plays or allow for dramatic shifts in player strategy, Enchanted Forest is roughly the same each go around. The only change is in the locations of the trees, and getting cards from these trees requires little more than a stable memory.If you can remember where a particular symbol is hidden, you need only rely on lucky dice rolling to win.

For this reason adults and older children will probably find Enchanted Forest a little boring, and unsuitable for any but the youngest of kids. Enchanted Forest doesn’t try to stretch out to older demographics, so the basic game play works well enough as it is.

Most impressive is Enchanted Forest’s presentation. Like all Ravensburger games it’s nicely durable, with a strong box, a flexible board and solid wood pieces. It also boasts attractive hand-painted art on the cards, trees, and box cover, as well as a nice mural on the inside of the box itself. The product is successfully reminiscent of the fairy tales it seeks to emulate. Enchanted Forest should last a long time if you show it a minimum of care and keep track of the pieces.

There’s not much point buying Enchanted Forest unless you have kids or you’re a collector. Even older gamers with fond memories will probably find the game rather stale, as it’s just too easy for grown-ups to enjoy. Break it out for a family game night every now and then, though, and Enchanted Forest should prove adequately fun.