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Produced with digitally remastered NASA photography, this is an entertaining and educational strategy game concerning the race to the moon. NASA projects Mercury, Gemini and Apollo provide the backdrop as players are put in command of the space race. Each landmark event, mission, crisis and machine is represented by a playing card. Players use these cards to complete missions and earn "mission patches" as they race to be the first to land on the moon. Outstanding production values on this suitable-for-the-whole-family boardgame.
The Galactic Attic
Players: 1 - 4
Time: 30 - 60 minutes
Ages: 10 and up
Weight: 1,185 grams
Average Rating: 3 in 1 review
The excellent graphics and historical summaries on each card make this game really neat. For this reason, this game is a great educational tool for students learning about the space program. Unfortunately, the game has some flaws. The instructions are a little hard to follow. It does not take long for the typical gamer to realize that Apollo missions are the easiest to complete despite all of the equipment they require. Their rockets are fast and the cards numerous. After a while of playing, few Gemini and almost no Mercury missions were played. And the easiest mission of all to complete? It is the moon landing itself. All in all, for space enthusiasts or people who will not be playing it often, it is a great game. For those that would like to play this regularly, try something else.
Thirty years after the first lunar landing, Moonshot is a giant leap for gamekind. One hundred eighty colorful cards represent the NASA missions and equipment, as well as bonuses and penalties that reflect achievements and setbacks in the U.S. Space Program. Fuel cards are used to put down melds of the required space vehicles on the launch pad, send them off, and orbit around the board to collect replicas of actual NASA mission patches. The race ends with a final mission to the huge moon gloriously displayed in the center of the board. Congratulations--you have gone where no other player has gone before! No knowledge of the U.S. space program is needed to enjoy this beautiful production, but it is fascinatingly informative. For those who enjoy a bit more cutthroat play, booster packs of 15 cards will provide more player interaction. Series 1 includes Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo expansion cards, series 2 cards feature Pioneers of Rocketry, The Soviets, and The History of Aviation.