“Are we there yet?” “I have to go to the bathroom.” “I’m starving!” Those are all familiar phrases when it comes to taking a road trip with the family. How about you take a road trip with the family without even leaving the house or spending a dime on gas? Sounds nice right?
That’s where the fun family game Road Trip can help. Don’t worry. You don’t need to take a road trip to play this game. You can put on your jammies and play it from the comfort of your own home, but travel the USA while doing so.
Can you rattle off three towns that start with the letter “P”. What about three fast foods that contain the letter “B”. Or, finish the “Tale of the Trip” by filling in the blanks with words beginning with “A”. How’s this: “When we stopped in Albuquerque, I bought an Armadillo to give to Aunt Alice”. Complete each word challenge and motor across the sea. “Rest Stop” cards add to the fun along the way, with lucky breaks and the occasional pothole. You’ll find yourself asking “R” we there yet and saying wish “U” were here.
There are so many great things to say about this game from the clever packaging (it’s shaped like an RV!) to the game board and play pieces. The play pieces are station wagons, which might bring some of you back to your childhood memories of a road trip. You can even decorate the panels on your station wagon. I’m not joking. The game board is small and takes you from one end of the U.S. to the other.
Road Trip is fun and (shhhhh don’t tell the kids) educational. But, don’t worry – they won’t really know it’s educational! They’ll be having so much fun and laughing (we sure did!) that they won’t notice or care.
The jest of the game is competing in wacky word challenges. For example, the player rolls the dice and chooses a challenge card. They have to fill in the blanks on the challenge card with words that start with the letter they rolled. For example, let’s say I rolled an “H”. Here’s one of the challenge cards:
Our car ran over a (NOUN), which made my (NOUN) feel really (ADJECTIVE).
If you succeed at filling in the blank in the allotted time, move one space ahead!
There are also rest stop cards, which make you do things like moving one space back, which is never fun.
I played this game with Aaron, our seven year old and it was perfect for him as he is learning the difference between nouns, verbs and adjectives. It also helps them with letter recognition and knowing what words start with what letter. He thought it was cool because of the board and game pieces and I liked it because of the educational factor.
It’s a very fun game and would be the perfect one to add to your collection this Holiday season. With all of the extra time we’ll have off for the holidays, you’re going to want a few new games for your stash!
Disclaimer: ToyXplosion received product to review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.