Race Through Space Children's Game
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- Content: 1 moon card (goal), 10 galaxy cards, 12 rockets, 1 die, instructions
- For 2-4 players
- Playing time: 15 minutes
- Promotes basic strategy, logic and deduction
- Moving game board
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Basic strategy-learning game for young children lets imaginations soar!
Colorful space-themed game with shifting galaxy playing board.
In this cosmic game of intergalactic exploration, players assume the role of space travelers flying their rockets through the Milky Way on their way to the Moon. Dangers lurk everywhere with asteroid fields and black holes in the way that can steer players off course and delay or doom their arrival on the moon. Players take turns rolling the die to launch their rockets and aim towards the moon collecting galaxy cards. The constant movement of the galaxies causes the universe to shift, challenging their efforts to stay the course and avoid falling into black holes that swallow their rocket and stop them from collecting enough points to win the game.
Offers Opportunity to Practice Basic Learning Skills
A strategy game for young children, Race Through Space gives a little extra support to the youngest player in the game, who always gets to go first and lead the way. Since movement - from launch pad to moon landing - is played with a die that leads players in two directions, players practice basic counting and direction skills, develop gameplay strategies as they face options for their actions, and polish their patience and turn-taking skills. It also produces just one winner per game, so kids will gain an understanding of fair play, the glory of winning and the disappointment of defeat.
Colorful Design and Intriguing Play
This shifting board game provides an eye-catching and colorful design that showcases the wonder of space exploration for young gamers. Race Through Space gives children strategic options to choose from while teaching them to focus, helping them understand about cause and effect as well as the excitement of the unknown.
What's In The Box?
10 galaxy cards, 12 rockets, 1 die, 1 moon card, and 1 set of instructions.
Be the first to fly your rocket to the Moon. But watch out! Asteroid fields and black holes may hurtle you backwards through space!
From the Manufacturer
Top Customer Reviews
The board consists of 10 galaxy pieces and one moon piece (target). Each player has 3 rockets and you start on the 4th galaxy piece (6 board pieces away from the moon) and move towards the moon based on your dice roll. There is an asteroid belt to cross through (You wait a turn - that's all). The dice has the numbers 1 - 5 and an arrow symbol. If you roll a number, you move one of your rockets that many spaces and with the arrow symbol, you can either move your rocket forward to join your other rocket closest to the moon or move your opponents rocket backwards to the farthest rocket. Similarly, at the end of each round (each player has rolled the dice once), you move the piece farthest from the moon and move it closest to the moon - all rocket pieces on the "new" farthest piece go out of the game. So these two new strategies make the game interesting - however, when my 9 yr old and his friends (ages: 6-9) played the game, moving the pieces around at the end of each round was a mess - rockets were disloadged from the game boards and they had to move things around the table etc. similarly, 6 yr olds couldn't take losing their rockets off the board completely and had trouble with their pieces being moved backwards by someone else.
In my opinion, the game could be improved with the following changes.
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The mechanics of rolling and moving are quite simple, and a bright 3- or 4-year old should be able to handle them. They'll probably need help figuring out which move is best, though, and the ability to attack other players (and possibly destroy one of their ships) may not be a good match for every preschooler's temperament. The recommended age of 6+ seems about right in terms of allowing kids to make their own moves. My 6-year-old, who has played a pretty wide range of games for his age, finds this one pretty interesting. At first he needed a little guidance, but once he realized that there was something to think about, he got more into it.
As for adults and teens, I'd consider this to be a decent end-of-evening filler, when people are too tired for anything meaty but want to get in another 15 minutes of gaming and socializing.
The game board consists of several boards that shift as the game is played. This makes the game much more challenging as the pieces move up the board toward the finish. It is possible for none of the players to win if they all fall into the "black hole." The game board is made of sturdy cardboard with a colorful game surface. The playing pieces consist of colored plastic rockets and a set of two dice. The dice are specific to the game. The youngest player goes first and is in charge of shifting the game board at the start of each turn.
I first handed this game to a couple middle-school children and asked them to play it. They didn't bother to read the directions and played the game in about 3 minutes. They said it wasn't much fun. I then read the directions, explained the directions to them, and challenged them to play again. They were clearly enjoying this "new" version and, when finished with the first game, immediately played a second. Each round took less than 10 minutes which was well within their attention spans. It would be a good game for kids to play while waiting for dinner or in a classroom where there is limited time between lessons or activities.
This game is meant for children 7 & up. The plastic game pieces could pose a choking hazard for younger children. Also, the game surface is not waterproof so seating glasses and pop cans should be kept away from the game.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a cute, quick little game that is a lot of fun. Ravensburger has a great track of making children's games fun for children and adults alike! Read morePublished 22 months ago by Joe Peterson
simple but entertaining enough. Good practice at patience in following rules, counting, and strategy. The rotating universe board does keep it entertaining.Published on June 27, 2014 by DKW
I thought this was a pretty clever game. Players roll dice to proceed towards their goal, the moon. Read morePublished on March 21, 2013 by Dustin Farahnak
The Race Through Space Game was in high demand when my son first received. He immediately was drawn to the game and was excited to get started. Read morePublished on February 28, 2013 by FirePepper Red
Race Through Space is a rather simple board game that is just right for younger (ages 6 and older) players. The board comes in tiles, which are arranged in a specific order. Read morePublished on October 23, 2012 by Alice in Wondland
This game has way too many parts to it! Even the main boards are split so you have more than one board to try to keep together. Read morePublished on October 20, 2012 by S. Sigley
The rules say to build the board game in a specific manner, but after playing a few hours the default way, my five year old son had already redefined what the tiles meant and had... Read morePublished on October 7, 2012 by Steffan Piper
This game is a lot of fun. It really isn't that confusing to figure out (as I have noticed some reviewers have said). Read morePublished on September 27, 2012 by JBebe
This is a great little game. It is simple enough to be played by children 6 and up, only lasts 5 minutes or so, and yet can be enjoyed by adults as well. Read morePublished on August 16, 2012 by E. Burton