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The Princess Bride Adventure Book Game Review

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First impressions of the Princess Bride Adventure book game might have you asking “A book?” just like the grandson in the classic film, but this rendition of the timeless love story might be the perfect “mawwiage” of a book, a board game, and a movie.

The Princess Bride Game Review

6 out of 10
The Princess Bride Adventure Book Game Review A Pair of Meeples

Is it Good For Two Players? : Probably the best player count

The Princes Bride Adventure Book Game is great for what it is, a way to play through a story that you already love or brings you joy.  It isn’t the best board game by any means, but we think it has accomplished what it has set out to do, and allows fans of the theme to experience Westley and Buttercup’s story in a whole new media.

Now, on repeat plays, we and others probably might not be able to minimize these negatives nearly as much.  The game is simple, easy, and fairly basic at its core and once the excitement of playing the first time is gone, there really isn’t much joy to be found in this game’s pages (boards).

Theme: 9/10
Replayability: 2/10
Components: 7/10
Conflict: 0/10
Fun: 4/10

His Rating
6 out of 10
Her Rating
6 out of 10

Pros

The theme works great for this style of game

Follows the movie quite well and is perfect for fans

Excellent art and components

Easy to learn and play

Cons

Not very replayable

Very luck dependent

Can be too easy at times

Gameplay Experience:

The Princess Bride Adventure Book Game Review

This is our first experience with a Ravensburger Adventure Book game and I am ashamed to say this one has been sitting on our “shelf of shame” unplayed for quite some time.  

The cult classic movie The Princess Bride is one of our favorites of all time so there was no question that we had to have a copy of this board game for our collection. Playing it though had apparently been put on the backburner.

Finally, we decided to pull it out of the pit of despair and give it a go.  We weren’t planning on playing our entire way through all six chapters, but 2 hours later there we were having “fun stormin’ da castle”.

These adventure book games have multiple chapters (rounds) that take you through the events of the movie they are based on.  In chapter 1 we had to complete chores and swoon over Buttercup as Westley.  In Chapter 2 we had to evade the mysterious ship and avoid the shrieking eels as Vizzini, Fezzik, Inigo, and Buttercup.  

The Princess Bride Adventure Book Game Playthrough

All these chapters follow the story well with unique setups, challenges, and rules.  This is all possible due to the cool multi-board aspect of these games, and if you haven’t gathered yet, allow players to flip through the rounds just like a traditional book.

You can pause the story at the end of a chapter but most will probably play through the game in one sitting, as the chapters are pretty short.  The storybook style of this game pushes you towards wanting to finish the whole thing just like a really good book, for those of you who read (things other than rulebooks).

We kept saying “Just one more chapter” and had a blast playing through the game ourselves. The nostalgia and sentimental feeling from playing through a story we loved so much was great, but the gameplay itself isn’t anything to write home about.

Certain rounds had us winning within turns, other rounds had us thinking we won on the first turn to only have to wait (quite a while) for the right card draw to end the round, while others had us fail due to pure bad luck.  

Overall the game is extremely easy in most cases, but the luck of the draw can still cause you to lose on occasion.  And while these are pretty big negatives, with a game like this they weren’t as important to us and probably won’t be to others who are interested in this release.

You’re not buying The Princess Bride Adventure Book game for the best deck building, worker placement, or other game mechanics; you’re buying this game to play through a classic story that you love, and in that aspect it definitely delivers.

Even if you’ve seen the movie a hundred times or know the book like the back of your hand there is something quite special about playing through it for the first time.  

How to Play the Princess Bride Adventure Book Game:

This game is a little different in that each chapter has its own unique set of rules, setup, and challenges.  It would take too long to cover all of them, but some overarching rules apply to the whole game that we will cover here that should give you an idea of how the game works.

The Princess Bride Adventure Book Game Setup and How To Play

Players will be working together to fulfill unique challenges in each chapter of the game.  They will move characters around the round’s unique board to meet each challenge’s conditions.  

The Princess Bride Adventure Book Game Story Cards

Throughout the game, players will be collecting story cards, which have five different types (or suits).  Various combinations and sets of these cards will often have to be discarded along with other conditions for a challenge to be completed.  

For example, for Westley to defeat Fezzik he must be in the same space and discard 2 courage and 1 adventure card as seen below

The Princess Bride Adventure Book Challenges

At the end of each player’s turn they will also usually draw a plot card.  These are the timers of the game and if they run out the players lose.  The plot cards are also numbered, and each number corresponds to a negative effect that will happen in that round. 

The Princess Bride Adventure Book Game Plot Cards

For example, In chapter five certain plot cards will move ButterCup and Humperdinck closer to “mawwiage” while others will deploy brute squads on the board, which Fezzik needs to keep in check.

Players will continue to make their way through the chapters following the rules and challenges for each.  If the plot deck runs out or another loss condition occurs the story is interrupted and they must restart that chapter.  If either of these things happens again they lose the whole game and the story isn’t finished.

Conclusion:

The Princes Bride Adventure Book Game is great for what it is, a way to play through a story that you already love or brings you joy.  It isn’t the best board game by any means, but we think it has accomplished what it has set out to do, and allows fans of the theme to experience Westley and Buttercup’s story in a whole new media.

Those who aren’t fans won’t get much out of this game at all.  If you didn’t like the movie or the book, you’re probably not going to like the game.  There are no groundbreaking mechanics or excellent gameplay aspects that make this even slightly worth it for those who fall under this category.  

The game is extremely easy in most cases almost to the point that it feels like an activity instead of a game.  At the same time, some rounds can have you pulling your hair as you wait turn after turn for a green adventure card, only to run out of time waiting.  

The potential for one player to take over the game is pretty high due to players not even having their own unique player pieces but hopefully, most would be able to work together as well as Fezzik, Inigo, and Westley to avoid this issue.

The Princess Bride Adventure Book Game Miniatures Character Pieces

While all the unique challenges make the game feel very variable on the surface, it all boils down to simple character movement and card collection that is some of the most basic we have seen in a board game.

But… for those who are fans of the theme, none of these glaring problems matter, especially on that first playthrough.  These things are all definitely noticed but as we said, this is an entirely new way to experience the almost exact story of The Princess Bride, and fans like ourselves can look the other way at least for a little bit.

Now, on repeat plays, we and others probably might not be able to minimize these negatives nearly as much.  The game is simple, easy, and fairly basic at its core and once the excitement of playing the first time is gone, there really isn’t much joy to be found in this game’s pages (boards).

Now, if your gaming partners are younger, these aspects won’t matter as much and will likely make the game better for that age range and okay for repeat plays, but for most, this game is a one-and-done.

For many like ourselves, we think this limited replayability is perfectly fine and fans will enjoy that first play through enough to justify the cost and any repeat plays are just a bonus.

It sat on our shelf for a long time and now that we’ve played it once it will probably do so again.  It won’t leave though just because The Princess Bride holds a special place in our hearts.

Is The Princess Bride Adventure Book Game Good For 2 Players?

There’s no doubt in our mind that The Princess Bride Adventure Book Game plays best with just two players.  The game is already extremely easy at this player count, and the addition of more players would make it even easier.  

Each additional player would allow for more cards to be held and ultimately traded to get the required ones for each challenge.  The chances of chapters and challenges being completed on the first turn would significantly go up.

This already isn’t much of a “game”, and playing with more players would make this even more so.  So for the best experience in terms of gameplay, we’d recommend playing with just two, but if you want to play with more, it’ll still work. Just know the gameplay will suffer a bit, but if you’re just in it for the story, that won’t matter too much.

Pros:

  • The theme works great for this style of game
  • Follows the movie quite well and is perfect for fans
  • Excellent art and components
  • Easy to learn and play

Cons:

  • Not very replayable
  • Very luck dependent
  • Can be too easy at times


Ravensburger Princess Bride Adventure Book Game for Ages 10 & Up – Play Through The Movie Together
Ravensburger Princess Bride Adventure Book Game for Ages 10 & Up – Play Through The Movie Together
Ravensburger Princess Bride Adventure Book Game for Ages 10 & Up – Play Through The Movie Together

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