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- 1 to 6 player game
- 20-45 minute game
- Science fiction theme
- Ever changing card game
- Avoid paradox
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You play on an 8 x 4 grid of cards that represents the "timeline." Each card in the grid shows a historical event like the JFK assassination or the Lincoln assassination. As the game progresses, players play cards that "alter" the timeline - for example, if JFK was just injured, but wasn't actually assassinated, that would have a ripple effect on events further down the timeline and might create paradoxes.
While the timeline is getting altered, players can also play "artifacts" which represent the player visiting a given point of history and stealing something historically significant, like the Mona Lisa.
You can win the game by either changing the timeline to match the alternate history you come from or by retrieving a specific target set of artifacts. Everyone loses if too many paradoxes are created in the timeline.
The game takes a little bit to get into because, while the rules are simple, it's not immediately clear how the timeline "ripple effects" work. You'll figure it out soon enough by playing the game, but it might take a few turns before it truly clicks. It might be good to play the first game with everyone just showing their cards to the group so folks can help each other through. Once you figure it out, start over and play "for real."
The educational aspect of this game is in the historical timeline.Read more ›
Also, you can break up the deck to play the simple artifact game, which is a lot quicker and takes up less table room. Or if by yourself, you can play solonauts, a solitaire version of Chrononauts. Try to get 8 time travellers home before the deck runs out. It's not as easy as it first sounds.
So, your home time line existed because Hitler was assassinated and the Titanic didn't sink? Well, you have the equipment to make it happen that way again. The problem is that your opponents have the equipment to make it *not* have that way. So, it's a race against time (hah!) to see who can recreate their time line first.
This game is kind of difficult to get the hang of at first, but once you've played a few times, you'll be a Chrononaut expert. Also, the box says that playtime is anywhere from 15-30 minutes. Well, I haven't had a game last less than an hour yet. *NOTE* This is not a complaint! :-D
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Time travel is very interesting. It has always intrigued people. Sometimes people wish that they go back in history and have a redo. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Tinkerfly81
This game is GREAT! I had never heard of it, and my boyfriend was looking to replace his worn and battered version so I ordered it on here. What a fun game! Read morePublished 21 days ago by canneb
The premise of Chrononauts and Early American Chrononauts the same, so this will be a dual review. In the game, you are a Time Traveler with a Secret Identity and a Secret Mission. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Stuart Dunn
Being very experienced game players, my husband and I were surprised that we had to struggle to understand how to play Chrononauts. Read morePublished 1 month ago by dakwriter
Fascinating game that really gives your brain a workout. There's always at least three different ways for you to win and you have to balance all three goals with different... Read morePublished 1 month ago by G. Rowsam
LOVE! No knowledge of history necessary, In fact, the game passively teaches history via its timeline just like another favorite "Ticket t Ride" passively teaches... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jeanie
Our family members (53, 52, 28, 25 years) are board/card gamers. It is the overall consensus that this game is not one we would choose to play again. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Miss Jane
Got this as a gift for my history nerd boyfriend. It is a little confusing to play at first but once we got the hang of it we had a blast! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Poppinator