SNAP Review – Sky Magic
Guide five magical creatures to their homes in the sky in Sky Magic, a new cooperative game from Peaceable Kingdom. Elliot and Asher share why they enjoy this simple but imaginative game.
How to Play
Our five mythical friends start on their spaces on the tower in the center of the board.
On your turn, roll the die. If it shows a number, choose any character and move them across that many clouds.
When you roll a storm cloud, flip a Weather card, which will change the board, either with a “Wind Flip” or add “Storm Cloud Cover”.
If the die shows a magic wand, flip a Magic Spell card. These are helpful things that can be used immediately or kept for later. But don’t keep it for too long! Across the whole player team, only one Magic Spell card can be kept at a time.
Get all five enchanted friends back to their respective homes before the deck of Magic Spells runs out. The characters can’t move through each other’s spaces, so be careful in your choices of who to move and where to move them!
Sky Magic adds a little bit of choice to an otherwise straightforward roll-and-move game. It’s certainly a step up from most games for young children that you’ll find on the shelves at your local big-box store.
It’s a very simple cooperative game, but that makes it a good choice for young children. You do get to choose which character to move, which direction to move them, and where to place cloud cover.
“I like getting… Wind Flips and they flip those colored pieces over.”Elliot
One of the coolest parts of Sky Magic is the board. Each of the five sections of the board has a colored piece that can be flipped to its opposite side. Drawing a Wind Flip weather card causes you to flip the corresponding piece over, which changes the cloud path through that section. Sometimes a character is on a section that needs to be flipped. Lift up the character(s), flip the board section, and then try to place them back in the same place. If there’s still a cloud there, great! But if there’s not a cloud anymore, that character is sent back to their starting space on the tower.
Pegasus, and Fairy, and Dragon, Oh My!
We really like the magical characters. The figures are detailed, but they’ve been made with a flexible plastic that little hands won’t damage.
Sky Magic has a simple, attractive art style. It’s nice to look at, but it’s not going to blow you away with anything unexpected.
We’d recommend Sky Magic for young kids (6-8) to play among themselves, or for a parent to play with kids even younger. It’s a small step up from games like Candy Land and Chutes & Ladders, keeping the simplicity of those games while offering a little more choice.
We rate Sky Magic 3 out of 5 clouds. Find it on Amazon or your local toy store.
The Family Gamers received a copy of Sky Magic from Peaceable Kingdom for this review.
SNAP review music is Avalanche, provided courtesy of You Bred Raptors?
Number of Players: 2-4
Play Time: 20 minutes