Stone Soup Review

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Stone Soup is a game by Jim Deacove, published by Peaceable Kingdom. It is for 2-6 players. In this game, players will be working together to cook up a tasty soup full of matching ingredients. If the fire under the pot goes out before all the ingredients have been placed inside, the game is over.

To begin, the board should be placed in the center of the play area withing reach of all players. All of the ingredient, fire out and magic stone cards should be turned face down and then mixed up really well. What we do is mix everything up and then place all the face down cards on the board in a grid like design. It makes it easier to remember what ingredients are where, just don’t place them on the fire or kettle area or overlap the cards. Play can now begin.

The game is a bit like memory, but with a twist. On a player’s turn they will turn over two different cards. If they are matching ingredients they will place them into the kettle on the board. If they don’t match, the player simply flips them back over. It’s then the next player’s turn. Sometimes a player will flip over a Fire Out card. These are placed on the fire area of the board. If at any time all 10 Fire Out cards are face up on the fire spaces, the game is over and the players have lost. However, there is one special card in the pile that can help save the game, the magic stone card. This allows the players to flip one of the Fire Out cards face down so that it doesn’t count against them. If the players are able to match up all 12 ingredients before the fire goes out, they win.

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COMPONENTS
This game is a really beautiful children’s matching style game. The different ingredient, fire out and magic stone cards are really nice. They are great for smaller fingers like my 4 year old daughter’s. They are somewhat thick and have really great artwork on them. The board is really well made and the artwork looks like it was pulled right out of the book. There’s even the story of Stone Soup on a little flyer style hand out inside the box. I really love the art and style of the game. The pieces are really well made and my daughter really approves.
9 out of 10

RULEBOOK
The rules are eco friendly and are printed on the inside cover of the box lid. As you can tell, the rules aren’t that difficult. It’s basically a co-op matching game. There’s a couple of nice pictures of the components and how they should look and be played on the board. Everything was really easy to read and super easy to understand.
9 out of 10

GAMEPLAY
The game is a really nice co-op matching game that my daughter loved. The different ingredients are easily distinguishable so that even she could tell what was what. She really loved making the matches and placing them into the pot. As we got close to the end of the game, we had very few cards left and almost all of the Fire Out cards on the fire spaces. I could tell she was getting a little worried. Thanks to her great memory skills, we managed to pull out a victory from what appeared to be the jaws of defeat. She immediately wanted to play it again. There aren’t a lot of games that get her excited enough to play two times in a row. So for this game to do that, color me impressed.
9 out of 10

OVERALL
Stone Soup is a light children’s co-op matching game. The game takes about 10-15 minutes to play. It’s really easy and kid friendly for sure. I’m usually not a fan of most children’s games, much less any kind of matching game. However, the co-op design of this game really made me like it. It was nice that I didn’t have to feel like a bully if I won or that I had to let my child win. For once, I was able to play a game the way it was intended to be played. it surprised me how good she was at matching the ingredients. Just FYI, I was the one that kept finding all the Fire Out cards. Needless to say, I got many a raised eyebrow and a look that said, “don’t do that again, Daddy”. I really enjoyed this game and so did she. After playing the game, we sat down and I read the actual Stone Soup story to her which was nicely included inside the box. Growing up, this was my son’s favorite story so it was nice to be able to share it with her as well. I love the message of sharing that comes from the story and how it is integrated into the game. This is a great kid’s game that you can actually enjoy playing with your kids. I highly recommend it for parents of younger kids. Share this one with your kids.
9 out of 10

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For more information about this and other great games, please check out Peaceable Kingdom at their site.

http://www.peaceablekingdom.com/

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About Gaming Bits - Jonathan Nelson

I'm a happily married man with 2 wonderful kids. I love my family very much. I'm a big fan of board, card and RPG games and have been playing for over 20 years. As a board and card game reviewer, I'm hoping that this blog will inform, educate and entertain you. If you like it, please tell your friends and have them join in on the conversations. Thanks and GAME ON!!
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