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3.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to love this..., February 5, 2009
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We are a big game-playing family, and often use games as a part of our homeschooling. Based on the other reviews, I was excited to buy this game, but now that we have it, it gets very little use. The game can take a very long time to play, there is little room for strategy, and the way that it introduces historical facts is a little heavy-handed for my taste.

To play the game, each player chooses a character (there are several with Colonial-sounding names). The characters travel around the board, hoping to land on spaces that will let them enter shops, and then hoping to roll the right number so that they can buy the things they need to complete their shopping list (the point of the game). As you travel around the board, there are "event" spaces, which prompt the player to draw an event card, which includes an interesting historical factoid, along with the usual "lose a turn" or "go directly to gaol" We find that the game relies on so much luck that it gets tedious long before anyone has managed to win.

If you really need your kids to learn the facts introduced by the game, the game probably beats just drilling them with flashcards, but it's not a game we play for fun.
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Initial post: May 10, 2012 10:51:43 AM PDT
I'm not sure what the reviewer means by heavy handed, there are event cards that give a description of an historical event and the player may or may not have to do something based on the card; go back, move ahead, etc.. My children and I find it both fun and educational. We usually end up looking up some fact because of one of the cards sparked further interest. There are three levels of play which can even be played at the same time, older children play the harder version while the younger have an easier time. The directions are very clear and straight forward in my opinion. I have eight children ranging from 27 to 5 and the older ones still remember the game fondly. then again to each his own.
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