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The Quacks of Quedlinburg Review

Posted: 3 weeks ago, last updated 10 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, Rob Prior and Jo Robertson.


The Quacks of Quedlinburg is a sequencing game where you are "quack" doctors making medicine brews by adding random ingredients to your pot. In push-your-luck style you have to be careful not to add too much otherwise it explodes. It's a game about the emotional journey of pulling things from a bag, which works well because every piece matters in your master plan to craft the best potion.

Each round everyone brews their medicine at the same time. You draw Ingredient tokens from your bag and place them on the spiral track on your pot. The higher the value, the further it is placed along the spiral and the more the potion is worth. Each ingredient behaves differently (being able to draw more chips, removing dangerous ingredients), depending on where it is placed and what else is in the pot.

You keep doing this as much as you want, but if you pull three of the white Cherry Bombs from the bag you have to stop as your pot has exploded. Once everyone has decided to stop adding ingredients (or have exploded their brew) you work out who has scored the most. This leads to a range of activities that add new ingredients to your bag, lets you buy chosen ingredients or move your start point forward for the next round.

The result is game where the theme is matched cleverly by the mechanics. You start with a small bag of Ingredients tokens, but round-by-round can gain a cunning collect of tokens. Things start simple but steadily ramp up with fuller bags and new ingredients unlocked for everyone.

DetailsGame Details

Skill Rating: 8-11 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2018

Genres: Collecting, Push-Your-Luck and Sequencing

Developer: Wolfgang Warsch (@WolfgangWarsch)

Players: 2-3




Learn to Play: This takes half an hour to learn. The premise is simple, and placing ingredients on the pot spiral is soon understood. However, how the ingredients work together, how you gain more and how the game develops through the different stages is quite complex and needs time to understand.

Play Time: This game will take between 45 minutes and 1 hour to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 2 to 3 players in the same room.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Rating

8-11 year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.

The game is about brewing magic potions with horrific ingredients including worms, mandrake, spiders, moths and ghosts but this is kept light hearted and the focus isn't heavy on the magical.


No cost data.


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

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