My First Castle Panic
Updated: Nov 25, 2020
My First Castle Panic is a great game for working on colors, shapes, and teamwork. It is a cooperative game, so players work together against the game instead of against each other.
The monsters are trying to invade your kingdom. Every turn they move closer to the castle. The first time a monster gets there, the wall is destroyed. The second time a monster gets there, the castle is taken and you lose the game. To win, capture all the monsters and throw them in the dungeon before they capture your castle. To capture them, you have to play a card that matches the shape and color of a spot on the board where there is a monster. Don't have one? Ask another player for help! You are all on the same team here, trying to defend your castle. In my classes, this aspect has helped the kids learn to speak up and ask for help when they need it. Everyone is always more than willing, because they all want to win!
You can use this card to capture a monster on any red space. Turn it in and throw the monster by the red triangle into the dungeon! The dungeon is the inside of the box. This is a superb feature that all the kids love! Those monsters have been thrown into the dungeon quite forcefully many times because my Game School kids were so wrapped up in the theme. The components are all wonderful and everything is still in great condition, even after countless plays.
It is important to note that this game is a junior version of the original Castle Panic. I have never played the original Castle Panic game, so my review is as if this were a stand-alone game, not just a stepping-stone to a more advanced hobby game. There is a lot of fun and educational value for preschoolers in My First Castle Panic, and I highly recommend it! You can purchase a copy here.