Kids Chronicles is a cooperative storytelling game in which players go on a quest to find the Moon Stones. In four chapters, everyone must work together to solve puzzles and find the four magical Stones, which will unlock the final chapter of the story.
Let’s Get This Started!
This game's setup could not be simpler. To begin, download the Kids Chronicles app to your phone or tablet. Then, lay the board out (starting with the side that looks like Summer), and display the Character and Item cards face-up in their respective decks. No need to sort or shuffle! And you're finished. The game is now ready for play! Open the app and let it take you through each mission. I recommend starting with the tutorial if any players have never played a hybrid board game like this before.
Let the Story Begin
I don't want to give too much information away in this review to prevent spoiling, so I'll keep this section short. In Kids Chronicles: Quest of the Moon Stones, players are new apprentices to Merlin. Merlin is the old wizard keeping two neighbouring kingdoms together and keeping them from warring with each other. The game pairs with an app, which allows you to scan QR codes on both cards and the board. Move your party around and question characters about objects you find or people you’re looking for. Each location opens with a 3D scene where you can search for items that may come in handy later in the chapter, or for new characters present at that location. Players must help the characters in the story, discuss the possible options, and connect the dots to find the missing link in the puzzle. By the end, you should receive a Moon Stone as a reward. I should probably stop here, so I won’t spoil any actual gameplay details.
Was this a Good Adventure?
I loved Kids Chronicles. What I like best about this game, especially after playing the Chronicles of Crime series, is that there is no time limit to finish tasks. As a result, gamers can roam the land, scanning whatever they want, and not be penalized for it. You can't do that with the adult versions. Furthermore, the art is beautiful and vibrant — ideal for a children's game. The amazing aesthetic appeal, free-spirited exploration, and introducing children to the hybrid of apps and board games all work extremely well here. So, if you have any young gamers at home who are ready to take the next step, I recommend checking out Kids Chronicles.
Once you've enjoyed this game with your children and would like to try something similar but with more mature scenarios, I recommend picking up a copy of one of the Chronicles of Crime games for your adult game evenings.