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Friday, September 2, 2011

Product Review: Civilize This! by Griddly Games


Griddly Games produces award winning games for family and friends to enjoy. The strategy and trivia themed games are based on popular sports or follow grade-school criteria. Griddly Games strives to bring real-world interests into your home in a fun and educational way.
We received Wise Alec: Civilize This! the travel version. This trivia game is history based and let us test our historical smarts by answering questions to earn points. By rolling a color-coded die, players are directed to choose a certain card based on a historical time period. Sometimes the color indicates a free choice, which was a favorite roll at this house. A great part of the game is the flexibility to be able to decide the end of the game. You can decide a point total, with the first person to reach a set score wins. If you are playing with a group of varying abilities, you can stagger the points and have younger ones reaching a smaller goal than older kids. Or you can set a time, like 30 minutes, and the person with the most points wins at that time. Although designed for ages 8 and up with two to six players, we found that even Henry (age 5) could easily join in the fun as long as he had a little assistance once in a while. 

In addition to the history trivia questions (which are not multiple choice, by the way), there are a series of action and brain teaser cards that can help boost your points up. These are the Wise Alec cards (very popular at our house).

Here's James doing his best karate move (4 points)

Demonstrating a salute (3 points)
 A final thing about the game is it's compact design. A slim magnetic box and dividers for the cards. The game gets extra points for how perfectly it fits on my over-crowded game shelf.

What did my pint-sized product testers think?

I liked how it helped me learn more about Ancient Egypt and other things.

It was very interesting and taught me a lot of things that I didn't know. I especially like how you could roll and get to choose the card. I also like the Wise Alec cards.

I'm too whittle to play that game.

I liked it when I got to choose the card that got read.

I can't wait to get my hands on that and mess up that nicely organized box!

Civilize This! as well as several other products by Griddly Games can be found at various on-line stores for about $15.

Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Homeschool review group I received a free copy of this game in exchange for an honest review on this blog. I received no other compensation.


Susan said...

Cute review. ;0)

Jennifer Bogart said...

I LOVE the box too - did you notice how much of my review I dedicated to it? Box love! Love the takes of all your little testers :).

i cant decide said...

I love the way you put your children's opinion below a photo of each. So cute! Great review.

Heather @ Marine Corps Nomads said...

Once again, I totally love how you have the kiddos picture with their thoughts on the game. Very cute.