Queue sheepish reviewer; I’m terrible at this game.
I can blame the public school system, or my parents. I could fault our societal geocentric bubble, or severe lack of road-trip experience. I’m the king of excuses, and could easily find fault – any but my own – which explains my utter embarrassing lack of geographical sense. However, the truth of the matter is that I just did not find the subject of geography interesting enough in my early schooling to pay much attention.
Things went downhill from there.
A new game from Foxmind has come into the store which may turn my attitude around. Cleverly named “Map It”, the goal of the game is to place cards with cities and states (or countries in the World edition) on the table in the proper geographic relation to other cards.
In other words, Chicago, Il belongs above (North) of New Orleans, LA (or – it turns out – you can put it East as well). After you place a card (with name showing only) on the table, the other players have the opportunity to challenge that placement. If challenged, the card is flipped over along with its immediate neighbor. Clever tick marks on the sides of each card make it easy to tell at a glance if the cards are played correctly, or players can check the latitude and longitude (which is printed on the back side of each card) for accuracy.
Unfortunately, keeping score is a bit vague in the rules, but that isn’t a show-stopper. We ended up coming up with our own rules variant similar to Timeline; but still allowing players to challenge (or not) a placement.
If you are looking for a simple game which will reinforce (or re-introduce) geographic interest – Map It! should fit in nicely. A perfect gift for kids, students and anyone who enjoys maps and travelling.