Have you always wanted to look at your teammates, friends or family members from a new perspective and combine the whole thing with a board game? You can have it! In the board game “The Little Prince” by the game designer Kai Haferkamp, in collaboration with Kosmos Verlag and the family of the writer and humanist Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Curious?
Then we hope you enjoy reading our board game review The little Prince.
For families: 'The Little Prince'
Who does not know the literary work “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, translated into 130 different languages. It is about the cornerstones of our society: togetherness, friendship and loyalty. In the board game The little Prince these topics are skilfully taken up and thus the word society, which can be derived from the term parlor game, shines in a whole new light. The family board game is intended to shake up beautiful childhood memories in the player and thus contribute to the fact that all players get to know each other from a previously unknown, trust-inspiring side. "Please tame me!" Said the fox to the little prince. “What does tame mean?” The little prince then asked the fox. "Taming is a forgotten thing," said the fox. "It means getting acquainted." Goal of the family game The little Prince it is that the little prince and the fox meet on the playing field before the fox disappears into its burrow again. However, this is only possible if you have made yourself so familiar with your fellow players during the course of the game that you can collect enough points in the form of stars and place them on the field. In order to travel to all planets on the game board and to arrive on earth in time, even before the fox could reach its burrow.
Successful mix of board and quiz game
You collect the stars by processing task cards. The task cards are divided into four different task types. On the one hand there are tasks to choose from in which something has to be drawn, explained or decided, or on the other hand it is about a memory from your own past.
For example, if a task card from the drawing category is drawn, the task could play out as follows: The player in question reads the task out loud, “Draw me an object from your child's room that you remember” and now begins to implement it. When his drawing is finished, he puts it on the table so that it is clearly visible for everyone. Now the other players have to guess what his drawing is. For example a Star Wars poster. The players now call their ideas into the room and the draftsman only answers them with “Yes”, “No”, nodding, shaking his head or being silent. It is not enough if only the term “poster” comes up as an idea. In this case, however, the draftsman should indicate that it is a poster, but one must still guess which one is exactly. A catch that should not be neglected is the running hourglass, because it measures the remaining time that the other players have to solve the task. If the task has not been solved by the hourglass, the points expire and the little prince is not allowed to move any further. However, the fox moves on towards the burrow and thus to the premature end of the game.
The course of the game is similar for the other task cards. With the “Remember…” cards, the end of the game has to remember special events in his past and the other players have to guess which ones they are. In the case of the “Decide yourself…” card, quotes from “The Little Prince” that have been started must be continued correctly by the other players, using a multiple choice procedure, and with the “Explain to me…” card, the image of an indistinct line drawing must be described as creatively as possible (What could the picture represent?). It is also allowed to draw.
The game ends when the little prince has met the fox and thus tamed him. The player who placed the most stars on the playing field (the sky) wins.
One game lasted around 60 minutes during our board game review.
Pictures of The Little Prince
Number of players: 3 to 6 players
Age: from 10 years
Playing time: 60 minutes
Long-term motivation: low
Year of publication: 2002
Authors: Kai Haferkamp
Cost: 20 Euro
You can say that the board game review of the “Little Prince” was one of our most emotional gaming experiences, if one is aware of the memories that are behind the individual game plots.
Anyone who likes the story of the little prince and also board and quiz games will love the board game The little Prince quickly become one of his favorites and certainly use them often. But even for players who do not know the book, it is a fun pastime. Under no circumstances should the players be younger than ten years, because it always requires looking back at their own past and the ability to express one's thoughts in the form of drawings or explanations. All in all a detailed game that is looking for its equal.