The Forgetful Elf

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The Forgetful Elf

  • Played January 2021

  • 30 minutes
  • 1-4 players
  • $8 CAD

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The Forgetful Elf is a charming Christmas-themed puzzle postcard. It’s a fairly simple affair, with only a handful of puzzles which shouldn’t tax your brain for too long, but it’s beautifully designed and fun to play. It consists of a single card (slightly larger than a standard postcard) printed in full colour on front and back. The story goes that as Santa was delivering his presents to the Franklin family, he noticed that Francois the Forgetful Elf forgot to label them, so it’s up to you to figure out who gets which present. There are about a half-dozen puzzles to solve, some of them fairly simple, others requiring a bit more brainpower, but most of them fairly logical in their execution. We did get slightly stuck on one of them, but fortunately Clue Cards have a very helpful Hints section on their website which will walk you through each puzzle and optionally give you the full solution so you can check whether you got it right.

As a simple, postcard-size collection of puzzles, The Forgetful Elf won’t keep you busy for all that long, and there’s not much of a story to speak of. However, what’s there is done well, and if you’re looking for a short diversion you can do far worse. The best part? It’s a real postcard, with space for an address, a message, and a stamp, so once you’ve solved it you can send it on to a friend or family member so they can share the fun!

Note that Clue Cards have made The Forgetful Elf available to play for free if you wish – just head over to their website, click on ‘The Postcards’, and you’ll find a link to a print-and-play version of this postcard.

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1 response

  1. Jesse says:

    Would be interesting to see why it got such a low score when the feedback seems mainly positive?

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