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Ravensburger Rivers, Roads And Rails - Children's Game


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  • 1-8 players
  • Playing time: 30 minutes
  • Parent's Choice Gold Award
  • Contents: 140 tiles, instructions
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 2.2 x 13.2 inches ; 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004KZCF0O
  • Item model number: 22053
  • Our recommended age: 5 - 12 years
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 5 - 15 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,571 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Product Description

Rivers, Roads & Rails is a transportation-themed card matching game that puts kids in the driver's seat. Players build an ever-changing transportation network that includes rivers, roads and railroad tracks on which ships, cars and trains can move freely. Each card must connect perfectly to the next, providing the proper pathway for the vehicles to travel.

An ever-changing matching game!

In Rivers, Roads & Rails, players build an intricate transportation network for boats, cars and trains.
Rivers, Roads & Rails builds creativity.

An ever-changing matching game with beautifully illustrated scenery cards.
Transportation Theme Encourages Kids to Imagine, Play & Discover
Rivers, Roads & Rails is part of Ravensburger's Imagine - Play - Discover collection of games specially developed to entertain children with play-based concepts that also provide unique learning features. The game can be played at a large table or on the floor, providing enough room for players to create colorful pathways for the tracks, roads and rivers on which trains, cars and boats will travel. The pathway cards must match precisely, and the first player to use up all of their cards wins. The game includes instructions for two alternative play options.

Making the Right Connections
Rivers, Roads & Rails helps children practice associative skills for each of the three different transportation modes highlighted in the game - rivers and boats, cars and roads, and trains and tracks - and build an intricate network for each one. Because cards are drawn turn by turn and can be connected in many different ways, every game is different, and the alternative game options give players even more variety. Over time, children will develop strategic gaming techniques for building their networks while enhancing such skills as memory, creativity, imagination, sequencing, turn-taking and patience.

An Ever-Changing Matching Game
Rivers, Roads & Rails is a matching game that provides eye-catching and colorful designs showcasing three different transportation options that have long captivated children and adults. Each game enables players to create transportation routes for boats, cars and trains, consider the needs of each one, discuss the real boats, cars and trains they've seen and apply that knowledge to their own education and improved social interaction.

What's In The Box?
140 illustrated scenery cards, 1 set of instructions.

Build an intricate network of transportation.

Each scenery card must connect perfectly to the next to provide the proper pathway for vehicles to travel.

From the Manufacturer

An ever-changing matching game. Build a world of rivers, roads and rails. Each card has to connect perfectly to the next to create an intricate network of transportation. Plan ahead, form pathways and be the first to use up all your cards to win the game. Includes three different game variations.

Customer Reviews

I remember having tons of fun with it, though I never remember playing it as a "game".
J. Wilson
Roads, rivers and railroads all begin and end on different cards, so one side of a card may be different from the other.
Dienne
I highly recommend this game, as it is great for any family and even the adults will have fun with it.
Wandering Hoosier

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By J. Wilson on December 28, 2011
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I had this game about 20-25 years ago when I was a kid. I remember having tons of fun with it, though I never remember playing it as a "game". It's really great as a big set of cute, colorful, sturdy cards that can be interconnected to building a crazy system of rivers, roads, and rails... The artwork has changed since I was a kid, honestly I remember them being a bit more detailed and less cartoony. There's a surprising amount of white space on these cards, but no kid will mind it, I'm sure.

This is sold as a "game" where players compete to use up all their cards first, thus ending the game with a "winner" and one or more "losers". Really the best thing you can do is throw the game instructions away and make your own cooperative game out of it. Since you have to use up all the cards for someone to "win" anyway, you might as well make it about finding matches and building rather than about winning. The box claims "3 games in 1", but the variations just seem about making the game more cutthroat and going out of your way to keep other players from being able to play cards on their turn, making it even less fun for some of the kids.

I play with my daughter and we just draw 10 cards each to have a variety to work with, put out a starting card to build on, then take turns playing a card. We draw a new card at the start of each turn, and if we can't play a card it goes to the next person. Pretty much same as the game rules, but there's no focus on winning or losing, we work together to try and keep building and have a ton of fun as our network bends, turns, branches and wanders all over the table. Who needs competitive elements?
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By MN2LA on January 11, 2012
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Our family was recently introduced to Carcassonne, an open-ended tile-laying Euro game with a good amount of strategy. At first glance, Rivers, Roads & Rails appeared to be a kids' version of Carcassonne.

It's not. There is little strategy in Rivers, Roads & Rails. Basically, you can either play on your turn or you can't. Rarely do you have multiple play options, which leads to a very linear game. For younger kids this is fine, but for older players, Rivers, Roads & Rails lacks the strategy needed to keep them engaged.

It's certainly a step up from Chutes & Ladders or Candyland, but it lacks the open-ended strategic gameplay of Blokus Classics Game or Qwirkle Board Game.

Like other Ravensburger products, the durability is top-notch. Even if it doesn't tip the fun scales, it will last a long time. Longer than your kids will enjoy it in all likelihood.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Julie VINE VOICE on July 29, 2013
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The transportation theme will appeal to any train or car-crazed 3 or 4 year old you know, BUT the game itself is very difficult for a 3 or 4 year old to play. The concept isn't difficult--line up what matches with what, BUT the pieces have no way to adhere to one another like a puzzle or magnetic edge. Without the ability to adhere, players are constantly repositioning the cards, which are rather small, to match up. One errant hand and the whole board goes. VERY frustrating for the very age group that would most enjoy this game.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By LawyerMom on October 16, 2012
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Don't let the "5+" on the box or the brand name fool you - this game may be kid-friendly and my six-year old loves it, but it is *not* a kid's game. The rules are easy to learn but the basic game is capable of great strategic subtlety and nuance. {There are actually two other shorter versions which we haven't played yet but they look neat too.]

The premise of the basic game is quite simple: each card has a river, a road, or a railroad track, or some combination of the three, and the players take turns extending the network out from the starting piece. The catch is that the tiles are constantly shifting - some curve, others are straight; in some the same modality/ies (rail, river, and/or road) enter/s and leave/s unaltered, whereas in many others the modalities change mid-tile, e.g. rail coming in and road and river coming out or many other combinations; in a rare few tiles, one of the modalities splits off, e.g. all three go in together, but the rail and river go straight across while the road curves to the side, effectively splitting the network into two.

A few issues you may want to be aware of, gameplay-wise (each of which can be remedied in some ways by a house variant):
1) As designed, this game is not meant for table-tops. Networks shaped from 140 tiles have the potential to be quite sprawling. If you absolutely must keep the game on a table, simply declare the edge of the table to be the edge of the allowable playing area.
2) In its canonical form, the game may take quite some time, as it doesn't end until the players have drawn all 140 tiles. Our house solution has been to draw and play tiles as if they were
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Teresa on April 5, 2012
This game is on my short list as a 'go to' gift for others. First time we played this was with a couple of 20 yr olds, a couple of 30 yr olds, a 5 yr old and a 65 yr old. We had a great time playing. Kept everyone entertained. When it is just my just turned 5 yr old and I, however, the game drags on a little bit too long, but we just shorten it up. So fun. So many things are right about this game. Great gift!
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