Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Wise Alec Civilize This ~ Review

Do your kids enjoy trivia games? Are they History buffs? What about nature nuts? If you said yes to any of those questions then you must check out Griddly Games.

We were chosen to review Wise Alec Civilize This. Wise Alec Civilize This is a trivia game that tests your knowledge of Ancient, Modern, and Medieval cultures. There are over 300 questions, so you can play for days and never repeat a question. Civilize This was designed to be played with 2-6 players, ages 8 and up. The objective of the game is to be the first player to become the Wise Alec!

Before you begin playing you must have a paper and something to keep score with. You will need to decide on a point goal or a time limit. We usually played up to 50 points or 30 minutes depending on how much time we had to play. And lastly, you will need to decide to will go first.

The game consists of 1 multicolored die, 3 decks of trivia cards; Ancient (red), Medieval (green), and Modern (yellow), and 1 deck of Wise Alec cards (purple). Each card has two levels of questions, the 3 pointer; easier question and the 7 pointer; more challenging question. The Wise Alec cards have brain teasers, tongue twisters, and fun exercises to get you up on your feet!

Here is how you play.
When it is your turn you roll the die. If you roll green, red, or yellow, the player on your left chooses a card from the same colored deck. You then choose whether you want to answer the 3-point or 7-point question. Once the question is read to you, you have one guess to get it correct. If you answer correctly you have earned the points. It is now the next players turn.

If you roll blue, you can choose which colored deck (subject) you want. 

If you roll orange, the player on your right chooses the subject for you. However, your points will double if you answer correctly.

If you roll purple, choose a Wise Alec card. My youngest loved the Wise Alec cards the best. Wise Alec will have you answering brain teasers such as “name 5 countries in South America.” Say a silly tongue twisters like “How many boards could the Mongols hoard if the Mongol hoards got board?” You might even have to get up on your feet to complete an action such as “do your best Egyptian dance.” Or “do 20 squats.” If you complete your given tasks you earn the number of points given on your card.

You continue playing until someone reaches the point goal or time is up.

The Ancient cards consist of questions such as,
7-pointer: The city of Pompeii was dedicated to the godess of love. What was her name?
3-pointer: Which ancient empire ruled the city of Pompeii?
7-pointer: King Hammurabi of the ancient Babylonians is famous for writing of the first set of these in history. What were they?
3-pointer: It is believed that King Nebuchadnezzer built this anciet wonder for this wife in Babylon. What was it?

The Medieval cards will ask questions such as,
7-pointer: Aztecs used this bean as currency and also as food. What was it?
3-pointer: What was the staple grain of the Aztecs?
7-pointer: Monks in Medieval England had special rooms where they would copy books. What were these rooms called?
3-pointer: Young people commonly trained with a master craftsman without getting paid. What were they called?

And the Modern cards offers questions such as,
7-pointer: In Mexico, there is a special celebration for girls when they turn 15. What is it called?
3-pointer: This Mexican holiday celebrates a victory over French forces. It is one of Mexico’s biggest celebrations. What is it called?
7-pointer: What is the common religion in Thailand?
3-pointer: How will a Thai person feel if you touch them on the head?

We had a lot of fun playing Civilize This in our home.It was neat to see questions that we had studied in our history lessons and to then see my daughters jump up and yell I know the answer! It really brings learning to life! Civilize This comes in a small, sturdy box with a magnetic closure, which makes it great for travel.It also a great expansion set for those of you who already own the Wise Alec Trivia board game.

Civilize This is available online and possibly in a store near you. Check out Griddly Games to find where to buy this game and other Griddly Game products.

Be sure to stop by the TOSHomeschool Crew hub and read what my fellow crew members had to say about Wise Alec Civilize This and Wise Alec Nature Nut.

I'm a crew member with The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew and I received Wise Alec Civilize This free of cost in exchange for my honest review.

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