By Asmodee Games
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2ahCoAf Or your friendly local game store!
“It's the time of the Summer Solstice in the small town of Crossing. Soon Life Stones will begin to appear on the mushrooms in the surrounding fields and forests. Representatives from six different races will descend on Crossing in a battle of wits and timing to gain stones and glory for their people. Each round, players square off in a duel. You can grab Life Stones from mushrooms as they appear or steal Stones from your opponents' stash. But be careful! If you don't protect your own Stones they can be stolen as well. All players choose their action at the same time, so choose wisely!”
Contents in box: 6 character tiles, 5 mushroom tiles, 60 lifestone shards, 1 bag, 1 rulebook
Game Play: Crossing is a simple game with the premise of collecting as many stones as you can before they run out. The game mechanic is pointing at the pile of stones you want to take. If someone else points at the same pile, nobody gets that pile. If you point at a pile that nobody else had pointed at, you get to keep that pile. Things get interesting because you must bank your gems or risk having them stolen. Once all the gems are gone, you then count them up using the system they provide.
The game is super simple to play, making it a game that is good for all ages. Younger children will have fun pointing at mushrooms to gain gems. Older players may enjoy the part of the game where you can negotiate with other players.
Visual Appeal: The game pieces have beautiful art and use heavy cardboard to make it durable. The game box even looks like a book, which is fitting for this fairy tale game. The small details in the pictures also give little surprises to those that look close. And the color details make for a attractive looking game.
Classroom: This game is perfect for younger children just learning how to game. Since children like to point at things, they already have the most important part of the game done! Counting the gems may be a little hard, but players can just count the gems they have. If you have older children, you can also alter the counting system to make it harder to keep them challenged.
Recommendation: I cannot recommend this game enough for both families and classrooms. Because the game mechanic is simple, it is easy to teach for even the most new of teachers or parents into gaming. Add this to your rainy day boxes for a fun and fitting event to spend the day!