Potion Explosion Tabletop Game Review

Well it's that time of year again! You and your fellow senior classmates of the Horribilorum Sorcery Academy for Witty Witches and Wizards are about to sit your final exam, I hope you have studied. If you brew the most valuable potions you will be deemed the Student of the Year! Remember to utilise all that you have learned and ask for help when you need it. I wish you the best of luck and I hope you don't need to repeat your final year!

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Potion Explosion Setup & Gameplay
When you receive Potion Explosion plan a punching party, there are plenty of pieces of cardboard to punch and feel free to celebrate afterwards with the tossing of tiny cardboard confetti! With that out of the way, follow the provided instructions to build the ingredients tray, pour all the included marbles into your cardboard masterpiece and gather 2 to 4 friends aged 8 and over, give each player a set of bunsen burners and prepare for 30 to 60 minutes of alchemy and wit, the player with the most points wins!

Players will take turns taking ingredients (marbles) from the ingredients tray and placing them into one of their potions on their bunsen burners. Usually players are allowed to only take one marble on their turn. However, if two marbles of the same colour touch as a result of their initial marble pull the active player receives all the marbles of that colour that touched and can place them onto a potion, this is called a potion explosion. If this situation occurs again, as a result of the previous marble pulls you receive them as well (confusing I know). Basically if there was a sequence of yellow, yellow, red, yellow, blue: If the active player takes the red, two yellows would collide and they may then take all the yellows touching that yellow. They would then receive three yellows and one red and can place them and distribute them across their two potions. Any remaining ingredients may be placed in their retort flask.

Players will be awarded points for completing potions and completing sets, either a set of three potions of the same type or five potions of different types (receiving four bonus points). These bonuses also drive the end of the game, once a predetermined stack of bonus tokens runs empty the game is over.

An exciting element of the game is the potions, not only to they provide points but they grant players different, one use, special abilities that can assist them during their turn (not counting as their action). Players may also ask the professor for help, taking one token from the ingredients tray without creating an explosion, however, this will deduct two points from that player at the end of the game. Some examples of potions are: transferring all ingredients from a players retort flask and use them as wilds for their potions. Once the achievement stack (from collecting sets) is completely empty, everyone will receive an equal amount of turns and then the game will be over. Whoever has the most amount of points at the end of the game is the winner.

Potion Explosion Game Build Quality
Wow. Wow. WOW!! This is a game that – aesthetically speaking – will attract people to the table. The cardboard dispenser is well built and never has to be disassembled which is a plus. The potions look great and the marbles fit well and don't roll out of their spaces. The marbles are also fantastic, (bigger than what I had as a child) with depth beyond a block colour. In general one of the highest quality games I've played all year!

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Potion Explosion Overall
You need to play this game! The puzzle this game provides rivals that of the computer games Bejweled and Candy Crush. Players get very excited when they have a great turn causing 2, 3 or sometimes 4 potion explosions in a single turn and when they utilise their powers to finish off one or two potions brings the fun to another level. If you enjoy games that have just a friendly atmosphere, but still encourage competitiveness Potion Explosion is certainly at the top of its class. From the thematic rulebook to the meta-ads on the sides of the box, the quality of the components to the fun puzzle it provides. If you are looking for the next family game, entry level game or next great game to add to your collection, get this. You will not regret it. It has something for everyone, the game is simple yet deep and it certainly doesn't over stay its welcome. Potion Explosion will hit your table with a bang and will secure a spot on your shelves in no time.

Micro Review – Potion Explosion is a fantastic game that you should seek out to play. It combines special abilities, set collection and an awesome marble tray. Combining great components with puzzle elements from popular computer games such as “Bejeweled” and “Candy Crush” everyone will enjoy this game, gamer or not.
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