My son is always asking questions and has a thirst for learning about anything to do with engineering and the world around him. You may recall that we reviewed the Timeline British History card game earlier this year. It was a big hit here, so when we were asked by the Asmodee UK Blogger Board Game club if we’d like to try the new Timeline Science Museum game, we jumped at the chance.
The Timeline Science Museum game is aimed at players aged 8 years and over and can be played with 2-8 players. Typical game play lasts for around 15 minutes. The game comes with 110 double-sided playing cards and instructions, all supplied in a storage tin.
The idea of the game is to be the first player with no cards remaining in front of them. Each player is dealt between 4-6 cards depending on the number of people playing the game.
Cards are dealt with the date side face down. The first card from the draw pile is placed in the centre of play with the date side face up and then players take it turn to place their cards in the timeline, trying to work out if their card should go before or after dates of cards already played.
Once the card has been placed, you turn it over to reveal the date, and therefore, whether you have placed the card correctly on the timeline. If you have placed it correctly, you leave it in the timeline, if you’ve placed it incorrectly, the card is removed from play and put back in the box. The player takes another card from the draw pile and places it next to their cards, date side down.
Play then moves on to the next player. Play of the Timeline Science Museum game ends when one player has placed all of their cards correctly on the timeline.
Although my son loves the idea of Timeline games I wasn’t entirely sure how he’d get on with the Timeline Science Museum game because of the subject matter. How would he try to work out when things were invented for example. But I really didn’t need to worry at all. He’s played this game really well, asking which King or Queen would have been ruling when the cards placed in the timeline already were showing. It was a great way to work on his history as well as science knowledge. Of course, my steam train mad son was very excited when he got the Mallard as one of his cards. Topics include scientific, technological, and medical achievements.
We’ve already played this game a number of times, and actually when we’ve finished our own pile of cards he’s often asked to just pick more cards from the draw pile to extend our play time.
It’s also worth noting that you can add in cards from other Timeline games for additional play potential. We really do rate this series of games.
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disclosure: we were sent this game as part of the Asmodee UK Blogger Board Game Club. My thoughts remain my own honest opinions as always.