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This month, as part of the Asmodee Blogger Board Game Club we have been playing Brain Box: The World*. Sometimes, you want a game that’s not going to last hours and this one is designed to only last 10 minutes.
What’s in the box:
- 71 cards, timer
- 8-sided die
- rules card
How to play:
Brain Box can be played with 1 or more players so it’s something you can do on your own if you want to. Taking it in turns, each player picks a card from the box and studies it for 10 seconds (this is where the timer comes in). After, the player then rolls the dice and answers the corresponding question on the back of the card. If the question is answered correctly the player gets to keep the card. The player with the most cards after 10 minutes wins.
What we thought:
Brain Box: The World is aimed at players age 8 and over. If you have read our previous reviews of games though you’ll know that age ratings don’t really stop Erin. Of course, Erin saw a colourful and fun looking game and wanted to join in.
Each of the country cards really are very bright and colourful and some I had honestly not even really heard of! The cards have pictures of various things relating to that country such as food, surrounding seas or maybe animals. They’re nicely spread out and labelled though so everything is easy to see on the card. 10 seconds isn’t very long though when you’re looking at the card so you really do need to try to memorise what you can and very quickly.
There are 8 questions on the back of each card and you answer based on which number you roll. To make this suitable for Erin, we obviously gave her more time to look at the card and also, asked her the easiest question instead of what number she actually rolled. Sometimes she would also make up her own questions for us which made the game a bit more interesting. Although it’s not aimed at children Erin’s age, we certainly found a way to include her and to make it fun as well.
We all really enjoyed playing Brain Box: The World. It’s something we can get out and play without it taking up hours in the day or a whole evening. Something else I like is that it can be played if you’re on your own of if you have friends or family over. There are other versions of this game too such as Science* or Animals*. This is a great game for testing your memory and for making you think; something all of us might not do enough!
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