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This Lego game is easy enough for preschoolers to grasp yet engaging enough for grade-schoolers, according to Magikus reviews. It includes an element of good, old-fashioned Lego building, requiring players to put together the game before they begin. Add to that a dash of strategy, a pinch of wizardry, and a price well below $10, and Lego has brewed a winning combination, reviews say.
To play the game, players roll a die and rush to collect the ingredients required for a magic potion. In a Magikus review on Amazon, a parent notes that it's difficult for children to cheat; the game has taught her 5-year-old how to lose gracefully, she says. Others posting on Amazon call Magikus (starting at $8, Amazon) an excellent tool for helping young kids learn to follow rules, take turns, and acquire other skills involved in basic game play. Although reviewers report that children as young as 4 can play the game successfully, reviews on Amazon and Buzzillions warn that the small pieces are easy to lose and could be a choking hazard. The game is intended for children 6 and up.
Parents posting Magikus reviews on Amazon find that the short game play makes it easy to find time for a quick round. Additionally, they appreciate that Magikus can be played according to different sets of rules and that many children don't need adult help to play.
Most players who don't like the game are adults posting Magikus reviews on the gamer site BoardGameGeek and older kids who find it less than challenging. Parents report that younger kids want to play over and over again.