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Board GamePotion Explosion Review
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Posted: 3 months ago.

Author: Rob Prior, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Potion Explosion is a collecting game where you study potion making and compete to be crowned the best student in class. You collect Ingredient marbles to complete Potion cards that enable special abilities. It is like a board game version of Bejewelled, where you hunt for that one move to trigger a chain reaction that explodes you towards victory.

You play as a student in a Potions class, tasked with completing the most potions in one lesson. You take Ingredient marbles from the shared dispenser and match them with the coloured spaces on your Potion cards. The fun and the challenge centre around the novel Ingredient marble dispenser. As you take marbles from the track the others roll down and if the same colours touch you get them too. Think ahead and you can create chain reactions that get you loads of marble Ingredients for your Potions.

As you play, you complete more Potions, which enable special actions that create more opportunities for longer chain reactions. If you get stuck, you can ask the professor for help, losing victory points, but also potentially setting up a bigger chain reaction resulting in you getting more Ingredient marbles to use. So, each turn, you must choose which marble to take, always aiming to gain the most possible marbles.

It's seems super simple while you are just adding a few marbles to your potions. But the real action is in the scenarios you setup that trigger a huge chain reaction giving you a whole hand full of marbles to use. So even if you feel like you are losing, suddenly you can rush past your opponents to victory.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2015

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 2-4

Genres: Collecting, Puzzle and Sequencing

Pieces: Gadget, Placeables and Tokens

Developer: Horrible Guild (@HorribleGuild)



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Learn to Play: This takes half an hour to learn. This is a relatively simple game to learn. Once you understand the mechanics of taking Ingredient marbles, all you have left to learn is the different potion abilities and how best to use them.

Play Time: This game will take between half an hour and 45 minutes to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 2 to 4 players in the same room. It is best with 2 or 3 players.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Rating

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players need to be able to visualise the connections between colours that can be made if they take specific marbles. They also need to understand all the abilities and how and when to ask the professor for help.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds. This game is themed around potions, magic and features a range of gruesome ingredients, such as Unicorn Tears and Ogre Mucus. This is not shown graphically and has very little impact on gameplay.


Potion Explosion usually costs £5.19.

Potion Explosion

Steam Store PC £5.19
App Store Mac £5.19
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
There are a small number of expansions available for this game, they include:
  • Potion Explosion: The 6th Student - adds a new potion dispenser and allows up to six players.
  • Potion Explosion: The Fifth Ingredient - adds a new colour of Ingredient marble.

There are digital versions of the game on PC, Mac, iOS and Android.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Potion Explosion Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@HorribleGuild) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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