Review: Paul und der Mond – journey to the moon

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The moon is in danger! Fairies heard that rumor during the day as they hid in the grass and drank off the morning dew. The birds chuckled that the sun was planning a big coup and wanted to shine even in night! Fairies flew quickly to their big human friend Pavel, as fast as their small transparent wings allowed them to. And so now everyone stands by the pond and they plan to warn their pale friend flying in the sky. We have to save the Moon!

And we all will help them all together in game. Reporters, who found this adventure and turned it into a board game have common name of Les Fées Hilares and namely its and . Their work, including illustrations from , was published under the logo in .

On a larger yellow box, we see the little Pavlik’s figure climbing the rope from the stars up to the moon. Inside, there seem to be two game boards and one carton structure beneath them. Players put it together using the notches to create support at the bottom of the box. One board is then placed on this support, where players can find a pond surrounded by a wooden walkway and five stars in the middle. This is the place, where players randomly spread cardboard gold stars without revealing their identity.

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Second part of the board is made of even harder material. In order for the board to stand up – the players will slide it into a cut on the shorter side of the floor to create a panorama with a forest, night sky and a moon (which can hide behind a plastic insertion curtain). A stellar path rises up across this section of the board and we can find individual hooks in it. These are ready for fairies. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves, because these pieces are now places by the players next to the board in a pile. The wooden figurine of the title hero Paul is placed on the starting position and game begins.

Active player takes a wooden dice, rolls it and according to the number of dots, walks around with hero pawn around the pond. Only then, according to the type of the final space, he gets some chances to act. The basics of everything are safe stones. Whenever Paul stops on such a position, he must find the right star among the ones on the pond. The picture always must match picture on the given stone. He has to use a little bit of luck at first, but later on, its all about memory.

As time passes, players also end their movement on the wooden parts of the sidewalk. And as they enter the wood, it moves and creates waves. This results in the shuffle of the stars in the middle and thus may create confusion of the players, who are trying to remember their location.

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But we still have not figured out, what happens after finding the right piece by a successful searcher. Such a player can call one fairy and build with her help a fairy pyramid up to the moon. That’s why every fairy tile has at some hole for attachment and paves the way up the star path.

However, players have only limited time to forward the message. With each mistake, the sky will be more cloudy, hiding the moon one step after another. And if the whole face of the moon disappears before the players build whole pyramid, their effort ends with failure. Players, on the contrary, can celebrate victory, if they call up enough fairies and bring Paul up the sky.

Paul und der Mond is another cooperative game, that are hard to blame for anything, because they are doing nothing wrong. The players here again combine luck with good memory. Players can succeed or not, it depends on the joint work and memory of the participants.

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But it also means luck. In the beginning, the layout of the asterisks is not known at all and players need to detect it by making mistakes. But their bad luck also interferes with the chance, that the waves can pick up and stars get shuffled. Here everyone must be very careful not to let this change happen out of his sight, so he does not do any useless mistakes in future rounds.

Time limit for the successful delivery of the message depends only on success of player attempts. It is therefore very important to have an overview of the positions of the fairy hats. This is the only way to build one piece on the other, gradually on their shoulders and climb up the way to the moon. This will not last for more than ten minutes.

Additionally, there are four different variants in the rules. Two are based on cooperation, and only the last one lets everyone compete. Their goal is still the same, but they share for the rescue. Here the players use the wooden star tokens, that they receive for every success. And whoever collects the most will become the winner. The simpler variants then add the effects of the boxes.

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On top of this, game also has a tremendous processing. Even the pair of boards, that create a spatial effect would be enough. But the players then get fairies hanging on the prepared hooks and they gradually move more and more up to the moon. Illustrations are very good, but the overall impression is really praiseworthy.

Paul und der Mond is a beautiful, fun game and the kids will be excited by playing it. Moreover, when using the most simple variant, hats can be found even by three-year-olds. And such a chance is difficult for parents to refuse because children are trying together to participate in a really heroic act. Paul und der Mond will be an unforgettable childhood game for kids, if you buy it for them. And you should!

DesignerMarie Chaplet, Steffanie Yeakle
ArtistLucile Thibaudier
PublisherHABA
Year Published2016
# of Players1 - 6
Playing Time10
Mfg Suggested Ages3 and up
User Suggested Ages3 and up
(1 voters)
CategoryChildren's Game, Educational, Memory
MechanicCooperative Game, Dice Rolling, Time Track
Primary NamePaul and the Moon
Alternate NamesPaul und der Mond

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Review: Paul und der Mond – journey to the moon
Final word
Paul und der Mond is a wonderful childhood game, that offers not only cooperative search for hats but also rivalries in the same gameplay. Players use memory with confidence in a bit of luck. It's all about moving figures and searching for hats between stars. Thanks to this, it is possible to play in the basic setting from age of three, which is a great option. That is why Paul und der Mond is a game that will be hardly forgotten, if you are a parent.
Reader Rating0 Votes
Pros
tremendous processing
three-dimensional board
memory and luck
four levels of difficulty
cooperation and rivalry
three years up
Cons
nothing
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