Global Warning, Water Game, Power Haus, and Recycle Rally Review (Adventerra Games)

Global Warning, Water Game, Power Haus, and Recycle Rally
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What It Is

Help kids gain a better understanding of and respect for planet Earth through educational games about recycling, saving water, energy efficiency, and global warming. Each game in Adventerra Games' series of educational board games focuses on a different environmental issue.

For Global Warning, that issue is global warming. The object of the game is to work together to solve the world's environmental problems before the planet overheats. The game is cooperative but still has an element of competition. Lay out the game board and place Problem cards face-up on the Earth. Each player has a hand of Solution cards that might be a match to fix one of those potential catastrophes, such as smog, greenhouse gases, and water pollution. The Solution cards are color-coded to match the Problems, and the Solution card(s) must have a global number powerful enough to solve the global problem rating AND a local number powerful enough to solve the local problem rating. The local value on the Problem card is the number of points you earn if you solve the problem. At the end of every complete round, the last player must update the global warning index by adding up the global values on the unsolved Problem cards. If the global warning index reaches 75 points, all players lose.

In the Water Game, players learn the importance of not wasting water while moving their playing pieces down the game board's river and drawing cards and performing actions based on where they landed. A green frog means you draw a green card, and those cards are all about moving ahead on the game board and saving gallons of water. Red cards might move you back on the board and cause you to waste water. You'll have to move your water indicator higher or lower depending on what the card says. If you land on a spot where you have to draw a Question Mark card, answer the question and follow the instructions based on whether or not you answered correctly. There are a few other special game spots that affect how you play a question card, force you to donate water, and send you back without taking a turn.

Keep an eye on the community cistern because every player must have 10 gallons or everyone loses. If you don't have 10 gallons, you can withdraw some to reach 10 gallons. Or if a player has more than 10 gallons, he or she can donate it to the community cistern for another player to take. Even though the game is somewhat cooperative, there is a clear winner at the end: the player with the most water when everyone has reached the mouth of the river. If you're the first or the second player to reach the end, you score bonus water.

Is It Fun?

For parents who are looking to teach their kids how to be eco-friendly, these games will be a unique way to do that. They combine strategy and problem-solving gameplay while also being a learning experience for kids. And hopefully the things kids learn through these games translates into their everyday routines.

Who It’s For

Global Warning is for four to seven players ages 10 and up. Water Game is for three to four players ages 7 and up.

What To Be Aware Of

Additional games are sold separately and include Power Haus, about making a house more energy efficient, and Recycle Rally, designed to help kids understand how to sort recycling.

The instructions for the Water Game were not totally clear.

AT A GLANCE:
  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    Easy