This week for Family Game Night we decided to play something new and with Halloween coming up quickly we wanted to do something that would get us in the Halloween spirit. We played the new game Shadows in the Forest by ThinkFun which you play in the dark for a completely immersive gaming experience.
Shadows in The Forest:
Shadows in the Forest is a thrilling, immersive play experience that brings a distinctive twist to game night – you play it in the dark! One player moves the LED lantern around in search of Shadowlings, mysterious creatures who avoid the light. The lantern illuminates the forest and trees, casting real shadows on the game board. The rest of the players work together, strategically moving their Shadowlings to stay out of the light. It’s a lot of fun for the entire family and a great game for a super fun but spookier gaming experience since it is played in the dark.
- 1 Folded Game Board
- 1 Mini Lantern (batteries included)
- 1 Glow-in-the-Dark Die
- 10 Hiding Places (assembly required)
- 6 Shadowlings
- 6 Shadowling Masks
Who Would Enjoy This Game:
Shadows in the Forest is 8 and up for 2 or more players. If you like games that are immersive where you feel like you are in the action then you will love this game. Looking for something a little different this game is great. The aspect of playing the dark was really fun for the kids, they loved it. Working together to move the shadowlings around is a great way to teach skills like cooperation and teamwork too.
Is It Fun:
We had a blast playing it. We love fall and Halloween so we have been counting down the days until Halloween and I wanted to play a game that would get the kids in the Halloween spirit and this one really fit the bill. It was a lot of fun and made for a lot of great family time together.
To set up the game you will need to build the different hiding spots and place them on the game board. Decide who will be the seeker and the rest will be hiding the shadowlings. Have the seeker look away and hide the shadowlings around the board. Turn off the lights and turn on the lantern and place on one of the red rock spots on the board to start.
The seeker will roll the glow in the dark die and move that number of spaces. If any of the shadowlings are in the light they must remove their mask and give it to the seeker. Now the shadowlings will move, everyone works together and you can move any of the shadowlings as long as they don’t ever get in the light. You can also tag a shadowling back into the game if you can get to it and touch it without getting in the light with another shadowling. The goal is to get all the shadowlings together in one hiding spot with their masks on. For the seeker they are trying to collect all the masks, if you get all the masks then the seeker win. It sounds easy but it’s hard than you think to stay out of the light.
No concerns for this one. Obviously, if your kiddo doesn’t like the dark it might not be a good game for them but my kiddos loved it.
Where Can You Buy It:
Available from ThinkFun
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