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Paul Boos
United States
Falls Church
Virginia
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10
Aug 2010
Rating holding steady after playing with my 5 year old son twice - this is a fantastic game - memory and dexterity - lots to hold a kids interest. In actuality, there is quite a bit of physics going on too - as you load up your flying carpet, the CG (that's center of gravity) moves upward, making the guy more likely to flip over as you get more presents. I actually suspect this will go upward from 9 with more plays. I am also noticing a bit of blocking strategy that you can play as well as if the guy flips, your movement of the guy to a location away from what he or she needs. This game could hold someone's interest easily through 8-10 years old and then resurface as one becomes an adult.
2006-12-28*
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Arne Hoffmann
Germany
Essenbach
Germany
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10
Jan 2008*
Yes, this is a children's game and if my loving this game means I am a child, then I am a child. And a very happy one this is. The air pumpy is an ingenious idea and "flying carpets"!! Do I need to write more? Every game is 20 minutes of pure fun.
2009-04-25
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Falafel Palmer
United States
Seattle
Washington
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9
Apr 2009*
Love it! Great bits as always- thanks Haba! Really works well for kids or adults or both together.
2010-11-15
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bruce connal
United Kingdom
London
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9
Mar 2010
Undiluted fun. We are closer to 5 years old than ninety-nine (the recommended age range of the game) but our twenties are long gong and so it appears are large parts of our memory skills. However, Akaba got us off our seats and laughing throughout.

The use of bellows and the placement of the gifts onto your flying carpet to slow down any runaway leader are inspired touches and though the ways of ending your turn might cause tears and quarrels in a younger group as a gaming group in their thirties we were just about able to hold back our tears and contain any tantrum until we got back to our respective homes.

2010-03-22
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Erik Johnson
United States
St Paul
Minnesota
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8.5
Jan 2007*
Probably the most laughs per minute game I played this year. Wonderful family game. With the die rolling timing mechanism, the carpet flying is fast and furious, with some people cheering the die roller, while everyone else watching for the carpet to capsize. It is easy to become so fixated on flying well that you forget which shops you need to go to. There is some strategy in the tactical variant, which we played with, but it is hardly high strategy. That said, it is a lot of fun and will hit the table often at my house.
2007-01-18*
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Jesper A
Denmark
Frederikshavn
na
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8
Jan 2006*
Rated for what it is - a childrens game.... and a good one thumbsup
2006-01-04*
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Mark Jackson
United States
Goodlettsville
Tennessee
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8
Feb 2006*
Haba-licious memory game with movement courtesy of an air bulb... there's nothing quite like this out there, with the exception of one of Frank Branham's old prototypes.
2006-02-23*
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Werner Bär
Germany
Karlsruhe
Baden
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8
Mar 2006*
Very fun with the right groups of adults. Rating 9 with kids
2006-03-31*
Mark Johnson
United States
Santa Clarita
California
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8
Jan 2015
Goofy dexterity fun, with some novelty in the game equipment.
2015-07-09
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Kevin Nunn
United States
Houston
Texas
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8
May 2007*
Tons of fun. The whole "bellows" mechanic is very clever, particularly in the organic way that it forces players to keep adapting as their carpets get progressively heavier.
2007-05-17*
Thumis Dalidalisa
United States
Falls Church
Virginia
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8
Dec 2007*
A fun game for kids that adults can also enjoy. First rate components on very heavy cardboard in nice colors. Novel "bellows" component allows one to blow one's magic carpet around the board while another player furiously rolls dice.
2007-12-19*
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Mark Lockett
United Kingdom
Fishponds, Bristol
Bristol
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8
Jul 2008*
Great Fun, use the bellows to blow your magic carpet around the board into the bazaars. Find gifts for the family. First to match five gifts wins. 5 Plays.
2014-03-09
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Jae
United States
Bryan
TX
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8
Jan 2011
A neat semi-dexterity game.
The plot of the game is slightly dry (collecting merchandise from stalls). The interesting part of this game is the action portion where you are moving your "flying carpet" by using a bellows to provide "puffs" of air to move your device around the board. This is a highly satisfying experience and the adrenaline will last beyond the end of the game.
2011-01-16
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United States
Plainwell
Michigan
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8
Jan 2012
I don't usually like games with what seems like a gimmicky aspect to it, in this game a "bellows", and I don't like memory games. So it is quite surprising that I quite like this game. A lot!! It is really quite fun to try and scoot your magic carpet along the board. Played with my 5 year old son, we had a blast! As a kids game highly recommended.
2012-01-01
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Andreas Josefsson
Sweden
Lund
Skane
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8
Sep 2009*
Great game. A childrens game that plays as well with adults as with children. It's frantic, it's fun.
2010-08-02
Owned
James Webb Space Telescope in 2018!
United States
Utah
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8
May 2010
[my rating is for kids]
2010-05-16
marc magner
United States
webster
New York
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7.5
Apr 2011
rating as a kids game 7.5 - fun activity/dexterity game. not much strategy - blow your piece and draw a chit... but fun none the less.
2011-04-24
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Eric Dodd
New Zealand
Martinborough
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7.5
Jan 2009*
I prefer this to The Black Pirate, but the theme is probably the main difference between the two. The timed turns involving another player keep everyone involved, and puffing is still fun.
2009-01-18*
Dave VanderArk
United States
Coopersville
Michigan
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7
Feb 2005*
Make your flying carpets move around the board by blowing them with a bulb syringe, racing your left-hand neighbor who rolls dice until he gets doubles. Your turn ends when you reach a bazaar booth or when the dice roller gets doubles. Collect the right treasures in order to win. An absolute blast to play, silly, silly, silly fun.

Start player is determined by "the person who flies the farthest when he jumps in the air."
2005-02-28*
Jim Cobb
United States
Alpharetta
Georgia
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7
May 2005*
Silly fun; lots of laughs.
2005-05-20*
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Bruce Bridges
United States
Los Altos
CA
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7
Feb 2007*
The boys definitely enjoyed the bellows aspect of blowing the flying carpet around the board. The memory game aspect of finding the gifts was secondary to the excitement of the bellows, but they are now focusing better on the overall goal. This is a pretty fun game for adults who are playing with kids.
2013-03-30
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Jeno Szabo
Hungary
Budapest
Budapest
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7
Feb 2006*
a perfect dexterity/memory game for children. i strongly recommend it for parents.
2006-02-02*
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David Seddon
United Kingdom
Congleton
Cheshire
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7
Aug 2006*
A daft, silly, dexterity game for children to play with their parents.

It's not easy to manoeuvre the flying carpets around and someone always seems to throw doubles really quickly when it's your turn - thus stopping you from going any further.

Quite an original game. You've got to give a lot of Kudos for an idea like that!
2006-08-13*
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Damon Jansen
United States
Spokane Valley
Washington
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7
Nov 2007*
Kids' rating.

Good dexterity game for the young ones. And old ones. My daugter initially had a difficult time squeezing the bulb hard enough to make the carpet go anywhere, but practice helped.
2007-11-06*
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S. P. Harris
United States
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7
Nov 2008*
Gave this to my niece when she was 7-years-old - big hit with her.
2006-12-17*
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Joe McKinley
United States
San Jose
California
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much applause in the lecture-room, How soon, unaccountable, I became tired and sick; Till rising and gliding out, I wander’d off by myself, In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time, Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars. W.W.
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7
Dec 2006*
This rating is for kids aged 6-10.
2006-12-30*
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Michael Becker
Canada
Regina
Saskatchewan
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7
Jan 2007*
Nice real time game for children (and adults). I can easily see why this game won so many awards. Nice components, and a very unusual mechanic with the bellows.My second game we shuffled all the cards together regardless of color and the first two I flipped were the same. This created a mini disaster for me... I should probably follow the rules next game.
2007-01-26*
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Ken
United States
Portland
Oregon
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7
May 2007*
Kids game rating. Wonderful production values, and the bellows used for movement is quite clever!
2007-05-28*
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Chester
United States
Temple
Texas
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7
Feb 2009*
Its a children's game, but very good at that.

Nice combination of memory, dexterity and dumb luck....with a fun theme. The blowing around of the magic carpets makes the game for me.

I'd like to obtain a copy.
2007-08-28*
Antony Hemme
Canada
Montréal
Québec
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7
Sep 2007*
Very good children game, good for adults too.
2009-09-25
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David Fair
United States
Damascus
MD
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7
Dec 2012
A fun and unique dexterity game
2012-12-07
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Sandra Sherwood
United States
Colorado Springs
CO
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7
Sep 2008*
Fun game to play with younger kids. However, it can be tough to use the bellow that comes with it, so it is probably not appropriate for kids younger than 6 or maybe 5.
2009-04-07
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Rebekah B
United States
Colorado
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7
May 2008*
This has a unique combination of memory and dexterity, and it's a favorite game for my 4yo.

The age recommendation of 5 and up is probably appropriate, though (possibly even slightly low), as it was difficult for him to use the bellows at first. Luckily, the game is fun enough that he kept trying until he could do it well. Also, we have to play it on the floor to allow him to move around the board to effectively guide the carpet. His arms aren't yet long enough to reach around the large board, especially without upsetting all the components.

My copy was initially missing the bellows, but Haba has great customer service and I received a replacement quickly.
2008-05-10*
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Dan Hyer
United States
Vancouver
Washington
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7
Mar 2008*
Rating is for playing with children. Would rate this 6 for playing with adults only. This is one where adults can play with kids and not have to handicap themselves. This is a fast paced exciting game, it is not a game that involves a lot of strategy or thinking.

The excitement comes from one person using the blower to move their person as fast as they can while another person is rolling dice as fast as they can to try to force the end of their turn. For me, one of the most amusing parts is to try to distract the die roller and gain a few precious seconds of time blowing your carpet around before they realize they should be rolling the dice. No significant difference in play as you move from 2 to 4 players other than the play getting a little more chaotic as you try to distract the person rolling the dice as you start puffing.

Plays equally well with 2-4
2008-03-28*
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david karasick
United States
Gladwyne
Pennsylvania
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7
Apr 2008*
Puff the magic dragon or is it the magic carpet?
2008-04-28*
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Griselda Scarlatti
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7
Jun 2008*
Nice dextery game, with a little memory element, and a clever 'timer' system, that brings an agreable tension.

Good fun, from time to time.
2008-06-29*
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Dave Gilligan
United States
Charleston
West Virginia
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7
Dec 2008*
After playing this at a friends house I knew I had to get it for my kids. They love it and I love playing it with them.
2008-12-21*
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Nathan Beeler
United States
Seattle
Washington
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7
Nov 2009*
Very very cute. Great ideas went into this one.

2009-04-06
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Kevin Dusik
Canada
Richmond
British Columbia
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7
Apr 2010
Spur o' the moment purchase decision based on seeming to remember good things about the game combined with nice award stickers on the box.
2009-07-14
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Paul - the
Sweden
Lund
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7
Dec 2009*
Great game for kids of all ages. Mind blowing even.
2009-12-28
Michael Klein
Germany
Schoenaich
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7
May 2010
Nice kids game. Works much better than expected. Nice idea how a second kid is involved during ones turn rolling the dice.
2010-05-17
Surya Van Lierde is pure Eurosnoot and proud of it!
Belgium
Michelbeke
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7
Sep 2010
Good fun!
2010-09-19
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Wouter Cordewiner
Belgium
Gent (Zwijnaarde)
Oost-Vlaanderen
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7
Oct 2010
Fun kid's game based on using a air bulb. This game is different from the other Haba air bulb game The Black Pirate/Der schwarze Pirat in that this game has a small memory element (the markets) and the air bulb is more frantic because of the time limit mechanism (another player rolls 2 dice until a double is hit). I find this game more fun/faster because of the time presure.
2010-10-28
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Sean M
United States
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7
May 2011
A fun family game with good art and (fairly) easy setup. It's not often you run into a game that includes magic carpets! My kids enjoyed the game, even though they prefer more strategic games.

Playing a physics-based board game is an interesting switch. However, because it's physics-based, it definitely disadvantages younger kids. Also, amongst similar-aged players, it seems a bit random who wins and who doesn't.
2011-05-31
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Stefan Bustan
Romania
Brasov
Brasov
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7
Apr 2012
Not challenging enough for my taste, it requires some dexterity for blowing the pump and you have to remember a few cards position and that's it.
However it's simple enough to play with kids and there are no disadvantages for different partner ages.
My son likes it but he's not thrilled.
2012-04-27
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Anastasios Kyparissidis
Greece
Thessaloniki
none
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7
Apr 2013
A very nice children's game here. My son calls this "the magic carpet". Essentially, this is a game which combines a fun dexterity mechanism (blowing your carpet to the proper market stall) and a light memory game. Ideal for young children and families.
2013-04-14
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Isabella Boon
Belgium
Anderlecht
Brussel
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7
Oct 2014
2e hands gekocht op Spel 2013, nog uit te proberen
2013-11-23
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Andrew Kinsey
United Kingdom
Ivinghoe
Buckinghamshire
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7
Feb 2014
Good fun game
2014-02-23
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Philippe Keppens
Belgium
Meldert (Aalst)
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7
Oct 2014
Well, this is harder then it looks :-)
2014-10-25
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Sterling Babcock
United States
Longmont
Colorado
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6.6
Jun 2009*
Light and fun.
2009-06-08
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