Review: Potions Please

“It’s all very well calling for eye of newt, but do you mean Common, Spotted or Great Crested? Which eye, anyway? Will tapioca do just as well? If we substitute egg white will the spell a) work b) fail or c) melt the bottom out of the cauldron?” ~Terry Pratchett, Wyrd Sisters

In Potions Please from Laura Erwin you’ll play a witch mixing up potions, hoping to complete four different colored ones before her wyrd sisters do. The game is family friendly, plays in about 15 mins and accommodates 2-4 players.

Potions Please is a set collector. Players choose their character then set about collecting ingredients to complete potion cards. Ingredients can be purchased from the market or one can request them from another player (go fish style). Once a player has gathered the required components they can take the appropriate potion from the line up. Potions may also be used for their special ability (and still count towards completion. The first player to collect all of the different colored potions wins!

Are you ready to brew up a little competition? Laura Erwin’s delightful little set collector is a bright, colorful family game. The rules are simple and straightforward (the rule book is only a few ¼ size pages.) Set up is a snap and each player has a turn guide to assist in playing. The twist on ingredient acquisition (asking another player) provides more player interaction then just a marketplace set yo. And potions mix thing up (ha) with varying powers that can be used in the game. Players have variable powers as well, making this a little more than just a ‘get to the things’ first. It plays best with max player count (4).

I really like the bottle art, they’re very unique and evoke the theme . You could totally envision a line of bottles on a witch’s shelf. Writing is clear and there is some symbology for colorblind players. The ingredients have large pictures as well and are easy to see across a tabletop. Additionally, I very much appreciate the diversity in the witches! The box is small enough to toss in a purse and there’s no extraneous plastic – a big plus in my book! Overall, cute family game with a fun theme and super cute art.

Just in time for the spookiest of months, Potions Please in on sale now at The Game Crafter!