Game of the States Review (Winning Moves Games)

Game of the States
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EDITOR'S REVIEW
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What It Is

Travel around the country with the board game Game of the States. The object is to move your truck around the United States on the game board, buying products in some states and selling them in other states. The player with the most money at the end of the game wins.

Each player starts off with four wooden packages of one color and a matching color truck, along with $500 in play money. Then, each player draws four state cards and places one of their packages in each of these four states. Each state card also has a fun STEM fact about the state that players are encouraged to read aloud. Then, each player draws another state card and places their truck in that state to start the game.

Take turns spinning the spinner and moving your truck the number of spaces shown. Of course, if you roll a Traffic Jam, you don't get to move. Your goal is to move your truck toward a state that contains an opponent's package. Each state counts as one space, and you don't have to reach your destination by exact count. Once you reach your desired state, ask your opponent what she has for sale, and then you buy the product by spinning the spinner to determine how much it's going to cost. You might have to spin again if your opponent doesn't like your first price, and the second price would be what you have to pay, even if it's higher. 

When you buy a package, put it in your truck and draw a new state card. This is the state where you must deliver the package. Once you reach that state, spin the spinner to sell the package to the bank for the amount spun. You also have the option of spinning a second time if you don't like the first amount.

The game continues until all of the packages have been removed from the board. All players count their money, and the player with the most money wins.

Is It Fun?
This is a fun game that has players practicing math skills through buying and selling products as well as learning about the location of all 50 states and fun facts about those states as they move around the game board. It sort of has an element of Monopoly to it that we like. Kids can even use the state cards on their own to play simple trivia games, which turns this tabletop game into a fun travel game. It's a good family game that may even have adults learning something about each of the 50 states, too.
Who It’s For
Game of the States is for two to four players ages 8 and up. It's a fun way for kids to practice math and learn United States geography. Many kids this age are naturally interested in this topic, and this game provides a great opportunity for them to learn new facts, interact, and of course, play to win.
What To Be Aware Of
The game comes with a gameboard, a deck of 50 state cards, four plastic truck movers, a pad of play money, 16 wood packages, a spinner, and instructions. The instructions also include a simplified version of rules for younger kids, ages 6 and 7.
AT A GLANCE:
  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy