The Golden Ticket Game

I 100% picked up a copy of this game because I loved the movie when I was a kid. For a family game, I can’t get over the quality of components. The wooden pieces and the thick cardboard used on the board really elevate the game. The plastic chocolate bars and the golden tickets are over the top adorable. It feels like you are playing a higher end game. The whole thing looks great and the theme really shines through. With that being said, this is one for the kids or for a family night and might not be as complex as some people would like. I’m guilty of buying this for the IP more than for actually playing.

There is an element here that i’ve see before and really didn’t like in other games. I don’t like spending a game collecting items where only one of the card is a winner. They do this in Killer Bunnies with the magic carrot card. I could have 15 cards, the other player could collect one and still win. That drives me crazy. However, in this game I think it works really well. Opening the chocolate bars for a chance to win at the end of the game really brings home the theme. I would recommend for families, you could definitely make an evening of watching the movie and playing the game.

The Golden Ticket was designed by AC Atienza and published by Buffalo games. This games is for 2 to 5 players ages 10 and up and takes about half an hour to play. The object of this game is to get as many chocolate bars as possible to find the golden ticket.


  • 60 Chocolate bars
  • 6 Character pawns
  • 5 Golden Tickets
  • 5 Player Mats
  • 1 Money Bag
  • 50 Money Tokens
  • 1 Die
  • 1 Draw/Discard board
  • 86 Wonka Cards
  • 1 Reference Mat
  • 9 Double Sided Game Spaces

Set Up

Select the following Wonka Bars and Golden tickets for number of players:

  • 2 Players – 34 Wonka Bars – 1 Golden Ticket
  • 3 Players – 41 Wonka Bars – 2 Golden Tickets
  • 4 Players – 48 Wonka Bars – 3 Golden Tickets
  • 5 Players – 55 Wonka Bars – 4 Golden Tickets

Place the Golden Tickets into random Wonka Bars. Shuffle the Wonka Bars.

Place all 9 game spaces in a 3 by 3 grid with A side up. They should be placed in order 1 through 9. Once you have played this game a couple times you can switch to side b for a challenge.

Place the Willy Wonka Pawn on the Factory Gates space with the die nearby. The die will be used to move Willy Wonka throughout the game.

Each player will take a character mat and place their pawn in the classroom. Players will take the amount of money that matches their allowance and place it on the wallet section of their board.

Place out the draw/discard board in reach of everyone. Shuffle the deck of Wonka Cards and deal 6 out to each player and place the remaining deck face down on the draw spot.

The first player discards 2 cards face up to the discard pile. All other players will discard 1 card.

How to Play

For your turn play two action. The order doesn’t matter and you can take the same on twice. Actions include:

  • Discard a card and move one space – you do not get to play this card but you do get to follow the actions on the board space you move to. You cannot move diagonally and you don’t have to do the action of the new space if you don’t want to.
  • Play a card – Place the card on the table and play the action written
  • Refill your hand – up to a maximum of 4 cards

Once you’ve taken your actions check if Wonka is on the same board space as you. If he is you get a Wonka Bar. Then roll the dice to place him on a new spot on the board. It is now the next player’s turn. Continue taking turns until there are no more Wonka Bars. Do not open the Wonka Bars until the end of the game.

End of Game

Now its time to open the Wonka Bars to reveal the golden ticket. If you find one you are the winner, since there could be more than one golden ticket there could be a couple winners for the game.

This is a well made simple game that is worth picking up for your kids or the young at heart, you will definitely feel nostalgic with this one.


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