Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Byron's Games ~ A 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.

Continent Race by Byron's Games is a card game that utilizes a World Map and Continent Lists. The game is for 2 or more players, ages 7 and older. The games teaches continents  countries of the world, and their flags. Players race to see who can gather the required number of country cards for each continent group. For the Basic level to win you need to collect 3 continents, for the Advanced level you need to collect 5 continents. Before being declared the winner, the player has to locate on the map the countries they've drawn throughout the game. The game includes: 1 World Map, 5 Continent Lists with Maps, 205 Country Cards, and 3 Antarctica Wild Cards. 

Continent Race promotes:
  • Collaborative Learning
  • Problem Solving
  • Goal Achieving
  • Boosts Confidence 
  • Focused Play
The story behind the game."Byron created the game Continent Race at age 6, during a month-long stay at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago. Byron enjoyed helping Mrs. Ellen Donovan, of the Family Life Center, keep track of country medal counts during the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Once the games ended, "Ms. Ellen" challenged Byron to create a game using flags. Byron took the challenge and ran with it! When he began creating the game, he immediately decided he wanted to create it for children in the hospital, so that they could play something fun AND learn while they recovered." 

I played this game with my 11-year-old daughter. The rules were easy peasy. There is also a video on how to play if you visit their website. 

Each of the 5 continent cards list in alphabetical order the countries on that continent. 
Africa is yellow
Europe is Blue
Asia is Pinkish/Purple
The Americas (North America and South America) is Red
Australia/Oceania is Green
Mystery Continent is Orange

Each card has its country and capital listed. The color of the card coordinates with the 
continent that it is from. The orange, mystery card are for Advanced Play. You simply shuffle the in the deck. The challenge is that you have to figure out which continent the country is from. If you are having a hard time locating the country you call out, "MYSTERY CONTINENT" so that others know that you need help finding the country. 

On each turn, a player selects a card from the draw pile and decides if they want to keep
or discard the drawn card. Again, the object of the game is to race to see who can gather the required number of country cards for each continent group. In the rules 
there are many variations given as to how to play. Example continue play to see
who comes in 2nd, 3rd, 4th. For the Advanced Play there are some more 
challenge plays. 

The world map is big enough for everyone around a large table to use. 
The continent cards as well as the map are made of thick cardboard. 

My daughter was surprised at how fast she was able to familiarize herself with places throughout the world. It time we played we were able to located countries faster and faster. It definitely made learning fun. Byron's Games does provide a cool page on their website that has a Country Pronunciation pdf, Country Pronunciation videos, and... 

The Countries of the World -- Phonetic Pronunciations

Be sure to read what other Homeschool Review Crew Members had to say about Byron's Games. Some of my fellow crew members reviewed Connections Stationary Kit. Be sure to see what everyone had to say about both of these fun products.

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