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- High level of replayability.
- Easy to learn
- Wonderful artwork on all of the cards.
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Players will challenge themselves and their friends in testing their logic and memory skills while trying to place in order either the size, weight or lifespan of the animals. With each card played the game gains in complexity and is guaranteed to teach something new to all. The winner is determined by the first player to successfully place all of their cards during a round.
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My son doesn't have the concept of time quite down yet, so "when was the garbage can was invented?" he might say anything from the 1950's to 8 million years ago. Not too mention that there are things he doesn't even know exist(ed) in the first place like Insulin, Carbon 14, or Les Miserables.
He does have a huge love of animals, however. Pretty much every book we read before bed is animal-related.
Cardline is similar to Timeline but 3 times better (well, maybe 2.5) with cards approximately twice the size. There are 110 cards in the box. All the cards are animals. You decide before playing the game whether to play by average length, weight, or life span. Then it is simply a matter of dealing 4 or 5 cards to everyone and putting a random one in the middle.
Say you are playing by age of the animals and the card that is in the middle is a lobster. A lobster lives for 40 years (whoa!). The first player looks at their 5 cards and decides the Canadian Beaver can't possibly live that long so they place the card to the left of the lobster. They flip over the card. Turns out a Canadian Beaver lives for just 11 years! The card stays on the board with the lobster and now that player is down to 4 cards left. The next player has the hippopotamus and thinks it can't live as long as a lobster but definitely longer than a beaver so they put their card between the two and turn it over. Turns out a Hippo lives for 45 years! Since the correct placement of the Hippo would be to the right of the lobster (because the Hippo lives longer) the player has to discard that card and draw a new one. Play continues until someone correctly places all their cards.
It's simple and it's fun. The only drawback is "length" category since it is a little counter-intuitive. If you get a bird it is only from feet to head, not wingspan. Mammals I am still trying to figure out if it is how tall they are or how long they are. Just like Timeline (where pictures of new-ish inventions will be drawn as if they are older or vice versa), some of the cards (say Hermann's Tortoise) will intentionally deceive you into thinking it must be bigger than it is, as well.
This game is great for family gatherings and anyone interested in animals. Even if my son doesn't want to play the game, he loves just looking at the cards and quizzing people.
So pick it up! And let's get some expansions!
My only complaint -- and it's a small one -- is that the units of measure are not consistent. It's not an issue for my oldest, whom I expect to know unit conversions, but confuses my younger children. The bee lives 2 months, the dragonfly 73 days, the stag beetle 3 months. The lynx is 3.3 feet while the blue peacock is 41.3 inches. I think ideally, anything listed in days would be shorter than anything list in months, and anything in inches would be smaller than anything listed in feet.
I'd absolutely buy the game again or recommend it to a friend, but if I were to change something about it, that would be it. And maybe a tin that's closer to the size of the card deck, although it's hard to complain about such nice packaging. I wouldn't mind it at all if I were keeping it on a shelf rather than in my purse.
As an interesting observation, not of any real significance, some numbers use a period for a decimal, American-style (1.5), while others use a comma, European-style (1,5).
The explanation is more complicated then the play itself.
For example, if we are playing by 'weight' and the sequence in the middle contains ANT - GOAT - ELEPHANT, I would play a KINGFISHER between the ANT and the GOAT.
If you play out of sequence you have to draw a replacement card, and whoever empties their hand first wins.
The game is entertaining, educational and quick and the cards are very nicely done. An excellent family or casual game.