Timeline is the simplest game you could imagine but it’s a lot of fun! The game consists of a deck of cards depicting events in history. On one side you have the event name and a picture. The other side is the same but with the year of the event shown. Each player starts with a hand of 6 cards and the rest of the deck in the middle of the table. The top card is turned over to begin the timeline. Players take turns to choose a card from their hand, only looking at the non-year side, and place it on the table at the correct point in the timeline so that the years go up to the right and down to the left. Once you’ve decided where to put your event you flip it over to show the year and see if you were right. If you were then, yay, your hand just got smaller. If not then you discard the wrong card and draw another from the deck. The winner is the person that runs out of cards first.
You might be thinking this sounds like it could be educational and you’d be right. You might also be thinking that it could be too hard for kids and it’s true that adults will tend to have an advantage but not so much as you might think. The more cards that get added to the timeline the harder it gets and your vague historical memories won’t help you nearly so much when the years get closer together. Plus you get to talk about historical events with the kids in the context of the game. It’s really lot of fun and if you enjoy it there are LOTS of variations including British History, Inventions, Americana, even Star Wars! And because each is based on year you can mix the decks up to create your own fiendishly personalised game.
For families this is super easy to learn and pack small into a travel bag. It’s very affordable at approximately £15 in the UK and I absolutely recommend it.
Disclosure: As a member of the Blogger Board Game Club I was sent this title for review purposes. All words and opinions are my own.