Candy Land Review
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Players: 2-4
Playing Time: 10-20 minutes


Chances are, that when you were a small child, the first game you played (besides Peek-A-Boo, which doesnít really count, seeing as how there are no real rules, and one of the players still wears a diaper) was Candy Land. It is quite possibly the simplest game ever designed, which is good, since your average player is not really up to the complexities of Risk or Axis & Allies. But if youíre an adult and enjoy a nice nostalgia kick, letís look at the mother of all classic kidsí games.

In case you donít remember much about the game, hereís the gist: Players move along the board to get to the eventual Candy Castle. Along the way, they encounter various candy and sweets-related places in Candy Land. My own personal favorite area was always the Molasses Swamp. Just something about Molasses always sounded yummy. That and the Peanut Brittle. Of course, itís twenty-something years later, and Iíve still never had molasses or peanut brittle, but thatís neither here nor there. The playing spaces on the board are all different colors, and play is advanced by drawing from a pile of color cards. Occasionally a space will make you lose a turn, or slide back a few spaces. The winning player is the one who makes it to the Candy Castle first.

  
 
The bottom line is, Candy Land will not challenge adult players. It can be played in 10 to 20 minutes, but if you havenít played it since you were a kid, it can actually be surprisingly fun. And if youíre looking for a little variation on the classic game, adults can even turn it into a drinking game (different colored shots for each board space, for example) or even "Strip Candy Land"Öjust make sure the kids are asleep first.

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