Haba Games

The Spiel des Jahres awards are the premier awards for board gaming each year, with awards for Family Game of the Year, Strategy Game of the Year, and Kid’s Game of the Year.  Each year the Kid’s Games of the Year is announced in June while the rest are announced later in July, and today we have found out who the winner of the Kid’s Game of the Year is.  That game is Dragon’s Breath by HABA Games.

Dragon’s Breath is a cute little game for ages 5 and up, and in it you will have four young dragons and one dragon dad, trying to get the most gems out of a ice column filled with them.  That ice column in the game is represented by a stack of rings filled with plastic gems.  Each round the young dragons will pick a gem color that they think will come out of the ice when the dad melts it.  Once they have all picked the dad will pick up the top most ring, allowing some gems to fall off the tower to be collected by the young ones.  There is also some holes in the board that if a gem falls in there, it goes to the dad and he may win.  After all the gems that fell have been collected, the young dragons pick again what color they will collect and the next ring comes off.  This will continue until all the rings are gone and then whoever has the most gems is the winner.

As you can tell the game is simple, but with the fun theme and unpredictability of the gems in the ice, means everything isn’t always going to go as you think.  This is definitely a game for kids as it’s mostly luck with what gems will fall, but still has a element of strategy as they have to evaluate what gems they think will fall.  Dragon’s Breath is available now so if you are looking for a good kids game, go check it out.

HABA Games continues to move further into the family game market, this time with an expansion to the 2015 game Adventure Land. The expansion has players returning to the land of King Agamis with Adventure Land: King and Princess:

King Agamis and the inhabitants of the land are in an uproar as the fog creatures have kidnapped the princess! She is being held somewhere in Adventure Land and is being closely guarded by the powerful giant. Who will be the first to collect all the keys, find out where the princess is being held, and then have enough combat strength to defeat the terrifying giant?

Three new challenges will await adventurers, adding to the original three included in the base game. Players will now be able to tackle the following adventures:

  • “Kidnap of the princess”
  • “Uprising of the Fog Creatures”
  • “Rescuing the King.”

In the original Adventure Land game players moved their adventurers tactically to collect resources, gather treasure and bravely fight fog creatures to win the favor of the king. Now characters will use those same mechanics to kelp King Agamis rescue his daughter.

The expansion has been created by award winning game designers Wolfgang Kramer and Michael Riesling who were the designers of the original Adventure Land game.

Traditionally known for wooden baby and children’s toys as well as children’s games, in 2015 Haba Games released a trio of family weight games; Spookies, Karuba and Adventure Land. Karuba was subsequently nominated for a 2016 Spiel des Jahres award.