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Fairy Tale Inn is a new game designed by Paolo Mori and Remo Conzadori, published by CMON. It’s a two-player game where you’re running an inn, trying to get the guests in the right configurations to score the most points. The game’s main gimmick is that it uses a standing grid, much like the one you see in Connect Four, although it doesn’t play like that game at all.
At the start of the game, you’ll randomly choose five of the eight available characters that will be in this game. Characters include Pinocchio, the Evil Queen, the Princess, the Little Pig, the Big Bad Wolf, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack, and the Pied Piper. The tokens for these characters are placed in a bag (although four will be kept out if Jack or the Pied Piper are in the game). You’ll draw four cards out and put them on the guest list board. The first player starts with a coin, and the second player starts with two coins.
On your turn, you’ll simply take a token from the guest list, paying a coin if required, then drop it in one of the slots on the board. The fully colored side should face you so you can identify it as your token. Certain spaces on the board will award you coins, or will negate special powers, or will allow you to spend a coin to immediately take another turn.
Each character has a special ability:
- Pinocchio gives you a coin for each of your opponent’s characters he is above, beside or below at the end of the game.
- The Evil Queen takes a coin from your opponent if they drop a token right above her.
- The Princess gives you a coin immediately, plus one more for each of your other Princesses that are diagonally adjacent when this is dropped.
- The Little Pig gives you a coin immediately, plus one more for each of your other Little Pigs that are connected to this one when you drop it.
- The Big Bad Wolf gives you three coins at the end of the game for each row where you have more wolves than your opponent.
- Little Red Riding Hood gives you a coin at the end of the game for each of your characters she is above, beside, or below at the end of the game.
- Jack gives you a coin immediately, and you drop a beanstalk right on top of him. The beanstalk does not count as a character.
- The Pied Piper gives you a coin immediately, and you then drop a rat in any other column. Rats do not count as characters.
The game continues until three columns have been completely filled. Then the game ends, and whoever has the most coins wins.
I think the most common criticism of this game is going to be that there are only eight characters. This is a game that could probably benefit from a lot more than that, and I wonder what the decision process was to land on only eight. Future expansions perhaps? Other than that, the game looks like a lot of fun. I was a big Connect Four player back in the day, and this is obviously reminiscent of that, though not the same game at all. There seem to be more and more of these fairy tale themed games lately, and I like seeing what people come up with. Definitely a game I want to check out. I especially think this one would be good with the family.
That’s it for today. Thanks for reading!