6/13/13

{Crew Review} Birdcage Press: Go Fish for Ancient Egypt

If you have ever been to my house, you might have noticed that we have a lot of games. We enjoy having a family game day or a family game night every so often. I like sneaking a bit of education in with our games. If a game is fun enough, the girls don’t seem to notice if it’s school.

 

Go Fish for Ancient Egypt from Birdcage Press is just one such game.  With two levels of playing our whole family can play. Well, we can take turns playing but no one is too young or too old! This “go fish” style card game comes with 36 cards and a little booklet of information.  There are 6 sets of 6 cards. You need all six cards in your hand to lay down the set.  The object of the game is to collect the most sets.

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The cards are 2 3/3” x 4 3/4” and made of sturdy laminated card stock.  Each card has a picture, depicting something from one of 6 categories: Gods, Goddesses, Symbols, Pharaohs, Mummies, Afterlife. So a “God” card would have a picture representing the god, a “definition” and a brief explanation.  At the bottom is a list of the other 5 cards in that set.

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The game can be played with 2 or 3 players. The game includes instructions for two levels.  Being able to read is helpful but not necessary for the young ones when you play the version for younger children because in addition to the category name and the specific card name, each card has the category number! This means that Supergirl can ask “do you have any 6’s” instead of asking “do you have any ‘afterlife’ “

The regular version, though played in similar fashion to the age old popular Go Fish, requires you to ask for a specific card in the set. This makes the game more challenging. For example in a 3 player game you might guess that the person to the right has at least one “afterlife” card because on his last turn he asked for ushabti but you don’t know which ‘afterlife’ cards he has. You can only ask for one specific card at a time.

Different Ways We’ve Played:

We’ve played with 2 players and we’ve played with 3 players.  We’ve played the easier younger version and we’ve played the more challenging regular version.  We played for fun, meaning we didn’t take the time to read the information on the cards or read the information in the booklet, but we’ve also played for education.

When we’ve played the game as a supplement to our current Ancient Egypt studies, we would stop to read the booklet and the cards whenever someone completed a set. Yes, this makes the game longer but it does help you to get to learn the information.

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Unfortunately, we had an opportunity to take the game on the road so to speak.  On June 2nd my husband had a mild heart attack.  The girls threw the game in the back pack to play while hanging out with Daddy.  It’s much more fun though to play with daddy now that he is home.

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Thoughts from Tailorbear (finishing up 8th grade):

I really like this game! I get to learn another perspective on facts I already know, and I also learn new ones as well! 

Thoughts from Turtlegirl (finishing up 10th grade):

I really enjoy playing this game. I love all of the different facts featured on the cards. I also like that it comes with a little booklet, as well. I like how I can play the harder version if I want a challenge, or the easier version if I just want to have fun. Plus, I love how simple the rules are and how similar to regular Go Fish it is.

Nitty Gritty Details:

  • Product Name: Go Fish for Ancient Egypt
  • Vendor Name:  Birdcage Press
  • Price: $10.95
  • Recommended ages:  Age 7 and up
  • Format: 36 Colorful playing cards + 34 page booklet

 

 

 

 

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