Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince holds a special place in my heart. I was first introduced to the book my senior year of high school, when we were tasked with translating the text. I fell in love with the language and messages of the book then.
Five years later, when Dan and I got married, two sentences from the book formed the basis of our wedding ceremony:
On ne voit bien qu’avec le coeur. L’essential est invisible pour les yeux.
(You can only see clearly with the heart. The most important things are invisible to the eye.)
So it was with a sense of nostalgia that we picked up a copy of The Little Prince: Make Me a Planet at the Enchanted Badger last fall. As it turns out, it is a charming and simple little game. The artwork on everything in the game, from the box to the instructions to the play tiles, comes straight from the book, and many of the characters and themes play off the book’s plot as well. Where in the book too many baobab trees would crush a planet, in the game, having too many baobab trees will cost you points. In the story, the lamplighter constantly lights and extinguishes his lamp, so if you have his character in the game, you get one point per lamppost on your planet.
The game is simple to learn and quick to play. There is a small bit of competition: you must judge which of the available tiles will help you without leaving open a high-scoring tile for one of your opponents. But for the most part, each player is on their own, and it isn’t very cutthroat. We’ve enjoyed playing this as a palate cleanser at the end of the night, or as an introduction to board games with our non-gaming friends.