Our family is a BIG board gaming and we own well over 300 board games. My husband even invested in a custom board gaming table for our living room. So yea, you could say we're a little obsessed with board games!
But honestly, it's a fabulous family activity and one that we've been able to enjoy with a wide range of ages. So of course we were delighted to try out the newest game from Underdog Games: Trekking Through History!
Homeschooling History with Board Games
It can be difficult to find a board game that truly does a good job of combining educational opportunities with mechanics that make gameplay enjoyable instead of painful. Trekking Through History definitely achieves that balance and is a worthy addition to any modern board game library!
When you play this game as a family, you'll have the opportunity to travel back in time and experience 108 of the most remarkable events in human history. On your three "day" journey, you'll have to spend your time wisely so that you can collect the experience you need before the game is over!
Trekking Through History includes a catch-up mechanic in the turn-tracking component so that you don't have a run-away-winner while everyone else just suffers through waiting for the end of the game (Monopoly anyone?).
This game also includes a set-building mechanic where players try to create as long of a "Trek" as they can, collecting cards in chronological order by historical date. Points increase the more cards you can add to a single track, but watch out - start a Trek and can't continue it and you'll find yourself with negative points!
We were especially impressed with the game "board" which, as my daughter Ruth said, has a "mouse-pad-like texture". It rolls up neatly for storage and promises to be durable enough to withstand many rounds on our family game table!
Family Game Night
This game says that it's appropriate for ages 10+ but our nine year old was able to manage beat her 14 year old sister at this game, so it's truly a game designed for a wide range of ages!
While the back of the cards do include historical details about the person or event, reading this text isn't necessary for game play, so in-game text is at a minimum. Any child who can place years in chronological order is ready to play!
Learn How to Play Trekking Through History
I asked my daughter Ruth to help me make an unboxing video of Trekking Through History so that you could see the gorgeous components. She was so curious about the game, she decided to learn to play, and then wanted to make a walk-through for you, so that's just what she did! (I know I'm biased, but I think she did a fabulous job explaining how the game works!)
Grab a Copy of Trekking Through History!
If you missed Trekking Through History on Kickstarter, it's not too late to grab your own copy. It's now available on Amazon and other retailers that sell board games!