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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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Each player has 5 cards face up for everyone to see. Each card has a state. There is a different pile of clue type cards. Someone turns over a clue and the first one to find a state matching the criteria wins. They put the card in their own discard pile and get a new state card. The person with the biggest discard pile wins.
The best clue cards are "Go the Distance". With that card, you turn over another state card and the person with the closest state wins.
I would give the game 5 stars but it has a couple of cons - some of the clue cards read such things as "a blue state". These don't refer to political tendencies but the color they are on the maps that come with the game. These do nothing to help learn the states. I took them all out. The other con is not all the info is accurate. I live in Georgia. The card lists the nickname as "Empire State of the South". Georgia lists its nickname as the "Peach State". Also, we play by altered rules that make the game go faster and gives the younger one a chance to win. We let each person that has a card that meets the criteria discard the pile.
The game does more for learning the states and their relative position in the country than for learning capitols but if you are playing a game they enjoy, it is always nice to learn at the same time!
So I won't bore you with the details about how I am the one who has to pull this game out of the stack in order for it to get played at all. Ever. It was a Christmas gift for the then 8 year old. I was disappointed when I opened the box and saw how small the game was. It cost almost twenty dollars, so I thought there would be a big board. Also, the level of 'fun' and 'education' value felt small. It felt kind of 'dumbed down'. But perhaps it's intended for a younger audience. Overall, it wasn't bad, but should have been more information about regionality, landforms, ways to link the states together, alternative forms of play, etc., to my mind.
I won't donate the game yet - maybe next year, because I like the game concept overall, and think it's essentially decent. And I'm always hopeful that a rainy day and maybe a power outage will lead them to open this game once more.
With regard to the topic of learning about states, regions, and geography, I keep atlases and books on states, and work U.S. geography into our science and literature or wherever we happen to travel. I think that works better for us overall. Hope this wasn't too negative sounding.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
New review. Yes, game is fine. Interests him in geography. 6 yr olds with higher reading level can easily okay with adult.Published 12 days ago by mom
Seemed to work very well the first week. After that I couldn't tell any difference,and didn't really seem to help any..Published 12 days ago by sue hook
This game has become a fast favorite in our house. It really challenges the kids to not only follow direction, but it also gives them new information.Published 18 days ago by R. Robbins
We LOVE this game. We loved the books so we decided to get this game. My 5 year old plays it just fine. She asks to play it over and over again. Definitely a hit in our house!Published 19 days ago by Helen
Great game! I've already played several times with my 7 year old daughter and we enjoy learning about the states (nicknames, capitals, location) without actively... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Gadget Girl