Mystic Market is a unique family game with some of the most fun props ever and we are addicted! This problem-solving game with a touch of magic invites players to imagine themselves in a market world bustling with the trade of wondrous elements where players must be clever enough to outwit shifting fortunes.
Note: this post contains affiliate links. ThinkFun sent us a game to try out. All opinions are my own.
What is Mystic Market?
Mystic Market is a card game that encourages players to uses their logic and problem solving skills. Game play begins with the premise that players are traders at a market, buying and selling magical items like pixie dust and mermaid tears. The goal is to be savvy enough to collect the largest fortune despite the constantly shifting value of goods.
Kids will love the Mystic Market equipment! There are 6 ingredient vials filled with different colored glitter, representing the potion ingredients for sale at the market. They rest on the "value track," their placement on which determines their price. The card deck includes ingredient cards and supply shift cards. A treasure trove of 75 coins in different values rounds out the equipment.
Mystic Market is designed for 2-4 players and while ThinkFun recommends it for ages 10 and up, I believe experienced game players ages 8 and up could easily play. Watch the video at the end of this post to see the exact rules of game play.
Why Play Mystic Market?
Mystic Market is a fun addition to the game closet for families who like games with a bit more complexity than the usual fare, but don't want to go full-Catan-style game play.
Playing Mystic Market has brain benefits, too! Players are required to engage their problem solving and logic skills. In addition, good sportsmanship is a plus when dealing with the disappointment of a sudden shift in the value of ingredients or containing one's glee over a competitor when your own goods become more valuable!
All in all this game is an excellent choice for children (like mine) who have a penchant for things like dragons and other mythical creatures or who like to pretend to travel to magical places.
Find it on Amazon: Mystic Market