Monday, March 16, 2020

Continent Race - Crew Review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

Our family enjoys playing educational games so we were excited to review Continent Race from Byron’s Games. This is a fun geography game with maps for ages seven and older. The object of the game is to be the first player to collect two cards from Australia/Oceania and four cards each from Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Europe. To begin play, the dealer deals seven cards, face down, to each player. Play begins with the player to the dealer’s left. On each turn, players draw one card and discard one card face up. Each time a player discards, they must announce the country name and continent of the discarded card. This was actually comical in our house because we all laughed when my youngest tried to pronounce country names that she was not familiar with; but after we corrected her pronunciation, she remembered for the next round of play. If a player draws a country card that completes one of the continent groups, then the player must place that continent group on the table, face up, and announce the names of the countries in the continent group. This is a great way to review phonetic pronunciation with students. The first player to collect the required number of country cards for each continent group is mere steps from winning the game. The winner must call out and locate their country cards on the map.

There are two levels of play. The basic level of play removes the orange mystery cards from the deck and ignores the optional challenge symbol that appears on some cards. The advanced level of play includes the orange mystery cards and invites players to challenge one another with the cards that feature the challenge symbol. If the player draws a mystery card, they must figure out which continent the country is from. This encourages students to explore the maps and discover locations. Once the player determines the continent, they decide if they want to keep the country card or discard it face up. If you discard it, you still have to announce the name of the country and its continent, so that the next player may determine if they want to draw from the draw pile our from the discard pile. If a player draws a card with a challenge symbol, they have the option to challenge another player to see who can name more countries from that continent. Players have fifteen seconds to look over the map and name as many countries as they can recall. The winner of the challenge gets to draw three additional cards and determine which three they want to discard, so that they only have seven cards in their hand.

I must admit, the first time we read the directions of play, we were puzzled; but after watching a video of play, we were able to play with confidence. My girls loved playing the advance level of play; and it was a joy to see them select an educational game over an electronic game because they had fun this geography game, even my college girl would play when her little sister would ask. I love how this game uses maps and encourages players to find each location.  I am also pleased to announce that a portion of Byron’s Games profits benefit select children’s charities.

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