National Geographic Expedition
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On the trail of the great explorers of the earth, go on a journey around the world. Marvel at strange cultures and exotic animals. Travel to unusual places and meet miracles of nature. Participate in three expeditions and help manipulate their movements, in order to achieve your goals as fast as possible. A game from the multiply-distinguished author, Wolfgang Kramer -- with the fascinating pictures of National Geographic.
Just as you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, neither should you judge a game by its. The box art says - 'Kids', but the game within holds an appeal for all ages.
Essentially this is a route playing game, but it is far removed from an abstract puzzle, even though the mapboard has a curious sense of geography.
The idea is to 'discover' various members of the animal kingdom, and thwart your opponents in doing the same.
Starting off, you'll think this animal spotting business is a bit of a doddle, but pretty soon each 'trekker' will have their own idea on which route the expedition will take so you may find yourself planting some obstructions in their path.
Addiitional motivation to find our furry and feathered friends is added when you have to call out the name of the animal you've discovered. After all, there are not many games that allow you the facility to bawl out: 'I'VE JUST DISCOVERED A HAIRY NOSED WOMBAT'. Are there?
'Oh! I got this place!'
'I won't go to Africa any more!'
That's what we said during the game.
This game is one of my favourite games. During the play, I need to decide which trip I need to build. Usually, most of the players have one or more cards relating to Australia, so people won't go there until late.
The game is fun for several players for about 1-2 hours. Try this game, and you will find lots of fun.
This game receives high praise from nearly everybody, and I often thought it would be great if I could somehow try it. But how? Well, one day I went to a garage sale in Ruch, Oregon, and there, in a tattered box, I saw Wildlife Adventure by Wolfgang Kramer for $1!
This game is wonderfully simple: place an arrow on your turn, try to lead the expeditions towards the animals you have listed on the cards in your hand. This is a great family game, but it isn't merely a family game. I play this with my game group, and they love it too. It really is incredibly well done, and though the graphics are definitely blase, the game more than makes up for it. Another nice thing is that the game can be played by 2-6 players. Six might have a bit of downtime, but with a few games under your belt, you'll probably have your next move planned by the time it's your turn (something that also happens in Aladdin's Dragons).
I am quite willing to play this game, and with repeated playing the game still holds up, probably because it has such a clean design without too many picky mechanisms that would make it too novel. (And I have a lot of German games to compare this with!) I find mechanically and thematically this game doesn't really remind me of any other game, so there is no feeling of too much overlap in my game closet (eg: Vinci/Risk or [page scan/se=0908/sf=category/fi=stockall.asc/ml=20]Entdecker/Streetcar). On top of everything else, it's got a great theme: find all the endangered species on the planet!
This game is a great deal of fun to play, and I think it will have an excellent shelf life.