A new game from Kramer & Kiesling always catches my attention, so when Abacusspiele announced ‘Die wandelnden Türme’ early this year the game immediately came on my radar. This time they have brought us an accessible family game, one that is perfect for playing on a rainy Sunday afternoon together with wife and kids.
2-6 players, age 8+
Playing time: 30 minutes
Designers: Michael Kiesling & Wolfgang Kramer
Artwork: Michael Menzel
The core mechanism of the game consists of playing movement cards: on your turn you can play up to 2 of them, and with them you can either move one of your wizards, or a tower, or you have the choice to move either of them. At the beginning of your turn, you always have 3 cards to choose from, and your goal is to move your wizards to the raven castle (which then moves to a new spot) and meanwhile sabotage your opponents by locking up their wizards.
If you move a tower to a field that contains wizards, those wizards will now be locked up, and you can fill up one of your empty magic potions. You can use these to cast a spell as a bonus action during your turn.
The game ends when a player has filled all of their potions and managed to get their last wizard to the raven castle, with that player being the winner. The game also comes with a variant for master wizards, a solo and team mode.
The Wandering Towers is a fun twist on roll-and-move games, with the cards giving you more control and a way to plan, and a little take-that.
I was actually surprised at how difficult it is to remember the location of your locked wizards on the towers, while my kids didn’t seem to have the slightest problem with this.
The game has a great presentation thanks to the 3D towers and the artwork by the always amazing Michael Menzel.
If you are looking for something that is great fun to play with the family, I highly recommend The Wandering Towers!