Toy reviews

Keys to the Castle Game

Product Reviews Approval Seal

Best for Kids ages 8 and up who like fast-paced strategy games
Top benefits Strategy-based game, quick play time, lots of fun
Considerations Some kids may wish the play time was longer
Bottom line Keys to the Castle is a fun strategy board game that big kids can play quickly and easily.
Buy CAD $19.95 USD $14.95


  • For 2 - 4 players
  • Easy-to-follow instructions
  • Play time: 10 - 20 minutes


It’s all brain and no brawn for the knights of the Keys to the Castle game, where the goal is to travel across the board one door at a time. Using playing cards to determine every move, knights come across padlocks, trapdoors and bars as they seek skeleton keys, secret passageways and hacksaws to help them traverse the maze-like board. Whoever reaches the other side first is the triumphant winner. Testers and editors liked this game’s speedy pace, entertainment level and surprise elements that kept everyone thinking, plotting and excited for more. Keys to the Castle is great for those moments when you’re in the mood for a quick game, and while parents can join the fun, super clear instructions and a simple premise make it easy for kids to play without adults.

Keys to The Castle is a strategy-filled game that will even have parents asking to play again. Our kids loved this game so much they bring it along to sleepovers, and since it’s a quick game, we can play a round while dinner is cooking.” —Tammy, mom of four