39 Clues Search for the Keys Game By University Games
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- In The 38 Clues Search for the Keys Board Game, your goal is to race around the world while tripping up the competition
- Match wits with other players as you race to collect clues from 4 mystery locations
- Contains 1 game board, 1 clue card, 4 pieces, 12 tokens, 24 chips, 1 die, 198 cards and instructions
- For 2 - 4 players, ages 8 and up
- University Games offers you and your family creative games that are easy to learn and fun to play
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This game is IMPOSSIBLE for anyone without a PHD in geography to play. The game consists of clue cards and the player has to guess the city based on the clue. It would be one thing if the cities were ones known to 8 year old children, such as New York, Los Angeles, Paris, etc. But this game has them guessing cities such as Ho Chi Minh City, Nom Pen, Jakarta, Angkor, Accra, Libson, etc. The game is poorly put together (the "Keys" you earn are actually boats) and the colors of the "keys" are different than what is stated in the directions. The game takes forever to play, and has no discernable end. After an hour and a half of my 8 year old and 11 year old playing the game with me and me having to give them every answer (often I had to look up the answers myself) we quit playing. The game is NOT fun to play at all, and feels more like an geography exam. We are going to purchase a more appropriate game for him tomorrow as a replacement. I would not recommend this game at all. Total waste of money.
Unfortunately, the game mechanic -- identifying world cities from clues on cards -- is neither fun nor engaging, and has limited educational value as well. If your 10-year-old has been studying the topic recently, she might know the "largest port on the west side of North America," but clues like "Famous food is lumpia" and "Most populated city in its country, but not the capital" will elicit frustrated shrugs from kids as well as parents. On the other hand, you may draw an "Adventure" card that tells you what a kite is.
Although the game equipment is well-constructed and attractive, it's odd that the pieces are of a strange boat-like shape instead of the planes described in the rules. The only fun we had with this game was trying to figure out what those were supposed to be.
If the game play was fun -- or at least interesting -- you might excuse the lack of "39 Clues" elements (characters? plots?). However, this just feels like it was thrown out to take advantage of the popularity of the franchise. That's a common problem, but we expected more from Scholastic and University Games, both brands we've trusted in the past. We certainly wish Rebecca Manning's spot-on review had been available well in advance of the Christmas season.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We REALLY wanted to like this game and I was excited for my teens to answer some tough geography questions. Read morePublished on January 27, 2014 by D/J
The game supposedly begins with the "black plane" player going first. There were four colors of planes, none of them black. And the instructions got worse from there. Read morePublished on January 12, 2013 by Jeff Stillman
This was a gift for my nephews who are 10 and 11 years of age. It does say it is for adults as well, I have not had the chance to play it with them yet though.Published on March 4, 2012 by Dana R. Stone
My 10 year old son received this game for Christmas and was excited. The excitement died quickly as the first 5 or so clues were impossible to answer. Read morePublished on January 18, 2010 by Mom of Three
My daughter, a huge 39 Clues fan, was excited to receive this as a gift. Excitement quickly turned to frustration as we struggled through this game. Read morePublished on January 12, 2010 by Ann Stone