Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The Continent Race Game: A Byron's Games 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.

Do you know a lot about geography other than your home country?  I remember learning some in school, but I didn't quite realize just how clueless (or perhaps forgetful) I was when it came to the wide expanse of world geography until we played a new game called Continent Race  from Byron's Games.  As our family played through Continent Race, we all discovered countries we had never heard of!  This game is most certainly an educational one!

What We Received:

This game includes 5 Continent Lists with Maps, 205 Country (Flag) Cards, 3 Antarctica Wild Cards, 1 World Map, and 1 page of instructions.

How To Play:

The game is for ages 7 and up, but my 6 1/2 year old daughter played just fine!  You must have at least 2 players to play and we played with 4.

The object of the game is for players to collect the required number of country cards from the continents and whoever does it first wins!  It's a typical card game play in that you start with 7 cards, draw and discard 1 every turn.  When you collect the correct number of cards for each continent through this card game play (2 cards from Australia/Oceania and 4 cards each from Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe), on your turn you call out each country and then locate it on the map.  Then you place those cards down, discard and draw again to maintain 7 cards.

There is an Advanced Level play with Orange Mystery cards that contain don't reveal what continent they are from, increasing the difficulty of the game. There is also a player challenge where each player tries to name more countries from a specific continent.

What We Thought:

When it first arrived my 9 year old son, 6 1/2 year old daughter attempted to figure out how to play but we decided to wait for dad because it was a little confusing.  He's our methodical instruction manual reader anyway.  Turns out Byron's Games offers how-to videos that make it super simple if you're not familiar with the game.

The kids LOVED it.  Maybe we're a bit of a nerdy family, but they love games of all kinds and this once seemed to be just easy and challenging enough to not be overwhelming while keeping their attention.  As an educator, I think it is a perfect way to practice your geography skills.  Since I'm not a world traveler, there were many countries I had either never heard of or forgotten all about.  And then there are those, is it a city or a country - I can't remember!  It most definitely stimulated all of our brains.  The combination of saying the names out loud while located their place on the map is a great way to reinforce learning and engagement.

I have to share the most joked about country that we all discovered together - Djibouti.  Aside from the adolescent humor, it turned out to be a really fun word to say.  As the mom, I shook my head from the ridiculousness of it all, but I can guarantee you it will be a lasting memory in our family. Do you know where Djibouti is? Forgive me. I live in a house of children!

This turned out to be great source of education and fun that will be used in our family for a long time!

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Some of the Review Crew also tried out a Stationary Kit from Byron's Games.  Check out their reviews below!

Continent Race & Connections Stationery Kit {Byron's Games}

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