Byron’s Games- Continent Race Review
Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of Byron’s Games- Continent Race 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.
We are a board game-loving family. At least once a week we have a family game night featuring some of our favorite board games. Byron’s Games- Continent Race has quickly jumped into the favorites category with our children. We have reached for it over and over in the last few weeks and enjoyed it every time we’ve played it.
Byron’s Games is a company started by Byron, a 6-year old that acquired an illness that led to a month-long hospitalization. During that time, he was inspired to create games for the children in the same position. He wanted to create fun games that also allowed for learning opportunities. His parents loved his enthusiasm and helped him create Byron’s Games and send Continent Race to 130 children’s hospitals nationwide.
Byron’s Game’s mission:
Our mission is to introduce fun and creative products that give children a chance to learn something new and explore their passions. Channeling Byron’s fun and creative spirit and ideas in everything we do, we are able to carry out our mission every day.
About Continent Race
- Number of Players: 2
- Ages: 7+
- Length of Play: Approximately 30 minutes
- 1 World Map
- 5 Continent Lists with Maps
- 205 Country Flag Cards
- 3 Antarctica Wild Cards
Object of the Game:
The object of the game is to collect groups of continent cards from each continent. The player who does so first wins the game.
Benefits of Continent Race:
- Promotes Cooperative Play
- Fun and Engaging
- Boosts Geographical Knowledge
- Increases Focused Play and Problem Solving Skills
We have played Continent Race several times during our family game nights. We have varied from 4 to 6 players and from ages 2.5 (played as a partner) to adults. Every time we’ve played it has been a fun and engaging experience. I was surprised to see that although I thought of this as more of a learning game, the children just saw it as fun!
I’ve been very impressed to see how quickly my children’s geographical skills have improved, just by playing the game. They have been more attuned to hearing the name of countries they now recognize in the news or in conversation.
I also love that there are additional little learning opportunities throughout the game. Each country’s card not only has the name of the country, but also the country’s flag and the name of the capital. This has really increased the learning potential greatly. There is also an additional pronunciation guide (I’ve included below) to help with the more difficult country names.
I believe this will be a game we reach for over and over for many years to come.
What We Loved about Continent Race
There were multiple things that I really enjoyed about this game. I love that although it is a bit competitive, there is a sweet cooperative aspect to it as well. This has allowed the younger players to feel competent to play.
Geography has always been a struggle for me, so I love that this game touches on so many countries. It would be hard for me to construct a geography curriculum that touched on every country in the world. This game does the heavy lifting for me. It has sparked curiosity in my children to know more about some of the places we’ve learned, just playing the game.
I love that there is a color-coded aspect to this game. My children are visual learners and matching the country colors to the continent colors has really helped them grasp which countries “belong together”.
The fact that this is a game that my youngest child (2.5) all the way to my teenagers all love, is a wonderful bonus. I was curious to see how the teenagers would feel about this game, but they truly enjoy playing it. They love trying to pronounce the harder country names and I really believe they are learning right along with the rest of us. That’s a win-win for me.
What We Didn’t Love
This one was tricky for me. This game has many, many things that we really love. In fact, there was really not anything we didn’t enjoy while playing this and I feel that we gained great benefits from it.
Pricing for Continent Race
Continent Race can be purchased for 34.48 with free shipping.
My final thoughts: I truly love this game and the way it creates an opportunity for fun, family experiences with a side of great learning potential. It’s a win for us!
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