Once Upon A Time is a storytelling card game for 2 to 6 players of pretty much any age. If you can read and communicate, you can play this game. Ever fancied taking control of your own fairy tale? Ever postulated at a pathetic Prince in the pages of a parable, or dreamed of determining that the Dragon didn’t defeat the Duke? Then this game is most certainly for you.
There are those who would question whether this was really a “game” – is it not more of a shared narrative experience? While there are competitive elements, seeing players try to railroad the story away from the others’ ideas and towards their own randomly selected ending, there is much, much more fun to be had in sitting comfortably, joining in with the tale telling and seeing where it takes you. It’s a joyous, rewarding (and often humourous) way to spend 20 or 30 minutes which genuinely spans generations. It’s simple to learn, easy to engage non-gamers with and completely memorable: the first time your son decides that the best way to free the princess from the tower is with a magic, flaming wolf, will stay with you, trust me!