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BrainBox – The World Game Review

[Advert] BrainBox by the Green Board Game Company is a quick to play game in seven themes which includes The World, Animals, Nature, British History, Space, Cities and Inventions. This is our review of The World version of the BrainBox game.

My first impression was that this game is like a visual sort of Trivial Pursuit but on one topic only. However, after playing the game I realised the game is not so much about your general knowledge but more about your observational skills and short term memory.

When it comes to observation, my skills are eagle-like – I can spot a dirty sock on the floor before I walk into a room. But when it comes to short-term memory I am…what is the game called again?

BrainBox – The ten minute brain challenge

In the process of playing the game you do learn a lot about the countries depicted in the cards so your general knowledge would improve. This was a very handy game to play while the kids were off school – I pretended we were playing a game while all the time I was giving them little Geography lessons! 😀

How to play BrainBox – The World

The aim of the game is to be the player with the most cards after 10 minutes. The youngest player starts by picking a card from the box and turning the timer over.

What can you spot in 10 seconds?

Eerrrrm, it turns out not very much for us older players!

Players can decide before hand whether the younger players are allowed another turn of the timer to give them a fair chance of competing against adults. In your allotted time, you have to study the front of your card and try and memorise as much detail as you can.

Once the time has run out you pass you card to another player and throw the die.

The player with the card asks the question on the back of the card that corresponds to the number thrown on the die. If you answer the question correctly, you get to keep the card.

After 10 minutes, players count their cards and the one with the most wins the game.

Our review of BrainBox – The World

I like that this game is really easy to learn how to play – the instructions take a few minutes of explanation.

BrainBox would suit people who have a great photographic memory or have powerful observational skills as it is about trying to remember what you can see and remember within 10 seconds. Although having a good general knowledge would be beneficial too.

Some of the questions relate to facts about the country, others are to do with specific details in the illustrations on the cards. For example, questions on Myanmar (top card pictured below) include what item of furniture is shown, does China border Myanmar and can you name the four colours of the flag?

BrainBox - The World Game Review
A sample of the cards in the game

I also like the multi levelled feature of being able to extend time for younger players which makes it possible for adults and children to compete fairly. The mix of questions is great as it allows for you to be able to answer based on your general knowledge or your ability to remember visual details.

The game comes in a handy box which is easily portable – we brought it away with us on our summer caravanning trips. It is also robust and illustrated with cute imagery.

Here is what my kids have to say about the game:

I think it’s fun, it’s really fun.

– Rebecca aged 13

It’s fun but I don’t like some of the obscure questions e.g. “What colour were the skis in the picture”.

– Nate aged 15

It’s good because it teaches you about different countries.

– Eva aged 18

Contents of BrainBox

The game comes in a neat sturdy box measuring 12cm cubed with a magnetic flap lid which makes it easy to store and transport.

BrainBox - The World Game Review
Open box displaying the contents

The box contains the following:

  • 71 illustrated country cards
  • 1 rules card
  • 1 x 10 second sand timer
  • 1 x 8 sided die

Specs of the game

  • This game is suitable for 1 or more players, it can be played in large groups too.
  • Recommended for age 8 and up. (For younger players you can flip the sand timer over to give them extra time to look at the cards).

Other notes and links to buy BrainBox

It is good to note that this game is ethically sourced and made from recycled or recyclable materials,

You can buy your own BrainBox The World game here(Please be aware this is an affiliate link, if you make a purchase I receive a tiny commission at no extra cost to you).

I mentioned above that BrainBox comes in a range of themes including Animals, Nature, British History, Space, Cities, Inventions and The World, to see the full range, visit the BrainBox website here.

Disclaimer: We were sent a free BrainBox – The World Game in exchange for a review, all opinions are my own.

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