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The Spiderwick Chronicles Toy Reviews

University Games presents The Spiderwick Chronicles Secret Study Puzzle
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University Games presents The Fantastical Field Guide Mystery Game
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The Spiderwick Chronicles Toy Reviews - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Mar 14, 2008
( Rating: 5 Star Rating)

On the heels of super successful flick The Spiderwick Chronicles comes a line of games including a puzzle, a card game, and a board game. Kidzworld has the review.

You’ve already read all The Spiderwick Chronicles and seen the movie on the big screen, so here comes a new line of Spiderwick games including a puzzle, a card game, and a board game. Kidzworld finds out if you'll love the toys as much as the movie.

The Secret Study Puzzle

This 200-piece puzzle shows a spooky scene from Uncle Arthur's secret study and is full of old spiderwebs, dusty test tubes, and mysterious specimens. The pieces are medium-sized and the finished puzzle is 13" by 19", or about as big as your desk at school.

Thumbs Up:

  • Puzzles are a classic toy and are a lot of fun to do by yourself or with a friend.
  • Nothing feels better than the satisfaction of fitting in that last piece.

  • Thumbs Down:
  • Not much, but how many times can you really do the same puzzle over and over?
  • Rating: 3
    Age: Eight and up.
    Price Range: 1

    The Fantastical Field Guide Mystery Game

    Like the books and the movie, this board game is all about the Grace children keeping the Field Guide out of Mulgarath's clutches. Players can play as any of the three Grace children or as the goblins. The game has two stages: first, the children have to find the field guide by uncovering objects in a particular order, and second, the kids have to battle the goblins and return the guide to Arthur Spiderwick.

    Thumbs Up:

  • The board and pieces are just like the characters in the movie, especially the little goblins.
  • Being able to play as the goblins is a great idea.

  • Thumbs Down:
  • The game might be a little complicated for younger players who might have to keep looking back at the instructions.
  • It seems like the game is a lot easier to win for the children than the goblins.
  • Rating: 3
    Age: Eight and up. Two to four players.
    Price Range: 2

    Creature Capture Card Game

    The object of the game is to capture different creature cards, including sprites, goblins, trolls, and even Mulgarrath himself by using a particular combination of power cards. Each creature is worth between one and five points, and once someone has captured five creatures the game stops and the person who has the most points is named the winner.

    Thumbs Up:

  • This card game is easy to learn and play.
  • Card games are [KWLINK 5385]really portable, you can play them almost anywhere.

  • Thumbs Down:
  • The cards aren't very good quality and might not last until Spiderwick is on DVD if you play all the time.
  • Card game pros who are used to more strategy might get bored.
  • Rating: 3
    Age: Eight and up, two to four players.
    Price Range: 1

  • For more info on all The Spiderwick Chronicles games, head to www.universitygames.com!
  • Price Range Legend
    $0-$15 = 1
    $16-$30 = 2
    $31-$45 = 3
    $46-$60 = 4
    $60+ = 5

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