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Dragon's Breath (2018) is a collecting game where players compete to gather jewels from a steadily defrosting physical stash in the middle. Play involves removing a ring from the ice tower, which allows some jewels to fall and be collected or lost in the Dragon Dad's fiery pit. It is a tactile game, where players need to literally take risks and rewards into their own hands.

You start by creating a physical tower of ice from plastic rings in the middle of the board and carefully filling it with jewels. Each turn players choose a colour of gems to collect. The lead player then carefully removes a ring which results in jewels falling onto the board. Some are lost in holes and some are available for collection. Each player collects their jewels into their secret stash and that go is over. It's as simple as that.

As you play, each player gets a turn to remove rings from the tower. After all the rings have gone and players have collected their jewels, the board can be lifted to display how many jewels each player has managed to stash in their secret cave. The winner is the player with the most jewels.

It's a joyful combination of pleasing tactility and clever board design. Players need to decide how careful to be as they remove each ring so that they avoid giving their opponents more jewels than they manage to collect. Add to this the fact that some jewels are lost each round and you have a compellingly simple game of risk and reward with a fun final reveal of who has the most gems.

Our examiner, Rob Prior, first checked Dragon's Breath 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 11 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Collecting and Dexterity game with Push-Your-Luck elements. You can play with 2 to 4 players in the same room.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Learn to Play: This takes 5 minutes to learn. To make getting started easier;
  • Practise creating the tower and removing rings before playing the game competitively.
  • Select a treasure colour at the start of the game and use it throughout the whole game.
  • Return any accidentally removed jewels back into the tower.

Play Time: This game will take between 10 minutes and 20 minutes to complete.


This game is good if you want to:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Level

3+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players need to have the physical dexterity to remove the rings and avoid wobbling the board as they collect their jewels.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.


There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2018

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

Players: 2-4

Genres: Collecting, Dexterity and Push-Your-Luck

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: Board, Figures, Placeables and Tokens

Developer: Haba USA (@Haba_USA)

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