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.
I absolutely love using games to teach! Games are especially a fun way to learn geography. If I could do it all over again, I would probably plan our entire homeschool curriculum using only the Bible , maps, several science labs, and board games. You can imagine my excitement when chosen to review Continent Race by Byron’s Games!
About Byron’s Games
At an unexpected stay at children’s hospital in Chicago, six year old Byron created the game Continent Race. Byron found enjoyment in keeping track of country medal counts during the 2016 Summer Olympic Games while hospitalized. His passion for National flags led him to create Continent Race, a game he could share with other children in the hospital, so that they could have fun and learn while they recovered.
About Continent Race
Continent Race is a board game featuring cards with flags from countries around the world. It is designed for 2 or more players, is recommended for ages 7 and up, and can be played in 30 minutes or less. In each box there are 205 country cards, 3 wild cards, 5 large continent map cards with country listings, and a world map that serves as the game board. We printed out a score card from the website to keep track of wins and losses.
The object of the game is to be the first player to collect the required number of country cards from the continent group to win the round. There are two play levels, basic and advanced. In both basic and advanced play, the dealer deals 7 cards to each player. Taking turns, a player selects a card from the draw pile, and decides whether to keep or discard it. The goal for each player is to get 4 country cards from the same continent (only 2 from Australia).
The cards are grouped by continent color. When 4 cards are collected from the same continent, the player will then be able to put that group on the table and announce the names of the countries in that group. The player then replaces the cards laid down to bring their hand back up to 7 cards. Then, the next player has their turn. Each player will continue this until 3 continent groups are complete. The first to collect three groups is the winner.
There are some added elements for advanced play. One variation is to do the same as above, except a win is collecting cards for 5 continents rather than 3. Another added challenge is the use of Mystery Cards added to the deck. These cards are not color coded, so you have to determine which continent it belongs to. Then you will be able to use it to complete the continent group. A third element, Challenge Play, is where it gets really difficult. If the drawn card has a challenge symbol on it, one player faces off with another to see who can name more countries from that specific continent. The winner of that challenge gets to draw three extra cards.
What we thought of Continent Race
There are so many things to like about Continent Race!
- It’s educational, and a great way to learn our countries.
- Multiple ages can play.
- It has different levels of play.
- It’s high quality. The cards are thick with vibrant colors.
- A portion of the profits benefits children’s charities.
- Both my teens said it was cool!
- It’s FUN!
You can find out more about Byron’s Games on their website as well as other social media platforms.
Several members of the Crew reviewed Continent Race as well as another product, Connections Stationary Kit by Byron’s Games with their family. Be sure to click the banner below to read their reviews!