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My family loves games – especially the kind that challenges your brain. Occasionally I get e-mails from Gamewright, sharing their latest games. Way back in June, I learned about a game called Rolling America that would be available this fall. It sounded like the perfect game to introduce to my 4th grader, who needs to learn the states this year.
About the Game
Whether or not you are familiar with the layout of the United States, you will see America in a whole new light after playing this dice game. Inventor Hisashi Hayashi crafted a unique system that deftly combines visual strategy and planning with a dash of dice-rolling luck. You’ll need to think through each number placement carefully as you fill in your map. You’ll also need to wisely utilize the three special powers (color change, guard, dupe) if you want to get a perfect score.
How to Play
Roll your way across the USA! In this captivating dice game, your goal is to fill in a map of the United States with the numbers rolled. The trick is that neighboring states can’t have numbers that differ by more than one. Everyone plays at the same time, so you’ll have plot your moves carefully to outdo your opponents. Complete your map with the fewest mistakes and emerge the champ of Rolling America!
Heidi Says . . .
When I first opened the game and read the directions, I thought this game might be a little too difficult for Ian to understand, but he actually picked it up quite quickly and we had a lot of fun playing this one together. It’s definitely a challenge and makes you think – a lot! I found myself second-guessing my decisions a few times; and I had to watch Ian’s card to make sure he was following the rules too. Thankfully, there are opportunities to use the “special powers” – once we figured out how and when to use these, it helped.
The goal of the game is to be the person with the least amount of X’s on the game card after playing 8 rounds. X’s are placed in squares where you can’t play a number because it goes against the rules. They are also placed in any spaces that remain blank at the end of the game. Ian and I played this twice on the first day and I was left with 8 X’s each time. He went from 12 X’s down to 10, though; so it was great for him to see that improvement. Gamewright issues a challenge to its players – if you can get below 5 X’s, they want you to tweet them a picture of your completed map! So, of course, I’m going to try my hardest to achieve that! 😉
Rolling America isn’t just a fun game. It reinforces visual discrimination and probability. And it’s certainly not just for kids.
Oh, and something that I really love about this game is that a single player can sit down and play it and have just as much fun and challenge as playing with an opponent or two. Try to beat your own score!
This game would make a great Christmas gift and is small enough to fit in a stocking!
***This post made possible by Gamewright.***