For those Fans out there, we just got in two classic games that have been remade with the Frozen theme.
Deep down, we’re all super jealous of Elsa’s ice palace, right? Just like Elsa herself, the palace from Disney Frozen is majestic, mighty, and miraculous on the outside, but soft, sensitive, and snug on the inside. One of the coolest scenes in the movie is when Elsa builds up that palace with her magic—brick by brick. With Jena: Disney Frozen Edition, from Hasbro Gaming, kids can have a go at Elsa’s powers and stack ice blocks into a tower to build her ice palace.
With this game, Elsa fans can delve into classic Jenga play with a Disney Frozen twist. Kids can go solo like queen herself, and build the tower on their own. Or they can enter a fun contest with friends to see who can stack higher or longer. The aim of the game is to be the guy or gal to win the honor of placing Elsa in her balcony in the end.
This game set comes with an ice palace frame, an ice palace balcony (I absolutely love its super cute miniature looks), 23 Jenga ice blocks, an Elsa figure (in her “Let It Go” stance with arms wide open), a snowflake wand, and a setup card. If kids accidentally drop the game set on the floor, or if the tower breaks, it won’t shatter into a million pieces. It’s made of durable plastic, even though the ice blocks look really crystalized. Try holding them against light and check out the cool ice patterns on their surfaces. Trust me, kids will appreciate the detailing!
First, set up the ice palace frame by joining its two halves, and line up the setup card against it. Then just follow the ice patterns on the setup card to match the ice blocks and stack them on the frame. Use one hand (even though Elsa’s snowflake wand might tempt you) on the back of the setup card, and the other on the blocks to make sure the ice palace stands up straight. Once the tower’s base is done, place the ice palace balcony on the center block. But be careful you don’t let the tower fall!
When kids are playing with friends, they must build the tower together and then roll the special die to determine their move. The die features Olaf, a snowflake, and each of the four colors of the ice blocks. Then, using just the snowflake wand (and, of course, their magical powers), players push the specified block out of the ice wall without letting the balcony fall and transfer that ice block to the top of the tower. If the balcony falls on your turn, you’re out!
The first player to build the ice palace up 10 levels high places Elsa on her high and mighty balcony. If Elsa doesn’t topple over, that player is declared the winner. Otherwise, they’ll be left with a pile of blocks and can start building all over again. There’s another catch to the game: The winner has to do their best impression of the Snow Queen. Trust me, after all the nerve-wrecking building, singing can help with letting go of all that stress.
Frozen: Don't Break The Ice
The classic game Don’t Break the Ice gets a very appropriate Disney Frozen look to it in the Disney Frozen Edition of the game. Players take turns using the plastic mallet to tap out a block of ice from the game board. If you remove the block without making the ice skating Anna and Olaf figure fall through the ice, you’re still in the game, and it’s the next player’s turn. But if you make Anna and Olaf fall, you’re out! All the blocks get reset for the remaining players to continue playing. The last player left after all other players have made Anna and Olaf fall in wins the game.
If you want, you can also play the game solo and see how many blocks you can remove before making Anna and Olaf fall.
Don’t Break the Ice: Disney Frozen Edition comes with an ice tray, two cardboard legs, 22 plastic ice blocks, a mallet, an Anna with Olaf figure, and instructions.
Is It Fun?
This game is really easy to learn and play, and it gets kind of suspenseful the more ice blocks get tapped out. It also gets players using strategic thinking when deciding which ice block to go for next.
Who It’s For
Don’t Break the Ice: Disney Frozen Edition is for two to four players ages 3 and up. It will primarily appeal to kids who are fans of Frozen.
What To Be Aware Of
Adult assembly of the game is required, and it took us 15 minutes to do.