Review: Dinosaur Train All Aboard Game

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Eric Cooper
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We’re a board game family. There, I admit it. In an age of family Wii games and the internet, there is something soothing about turning off the electrical hum that surrounds most of the day and playing a game (one with physical pieces, no less!). With more and more games coming out geared toward younger people, you have to separate the “just for fun” games from the “fun and educational” games. I prefer the latter with a smattering of the former for good measure. Sure, a game should be fun, but when it comes to youngsters, you might as well incorporate some learning time while you’re at it. If more adults played games like Trivial Pursuit and less Act Like an Idiot (I’m so creating this game; it’ll be a hit!), the average person may actually know who the current Speaker of the House is (this stems from a video I saw shot on the University of Minnesota campus where people couldn’t name a myriad of people that run the country. I mean, really!).

Dinosaur Train All Aboard Game is based on the wickedly popular PBS television show “Dinosaur Train.” And like the educational-vs-just-plain-fun games mentioned above, this came manages to toe the line in just the right way, captivating children’s attention while teaching a few things along the way. A game for 2 – 6 players, you follow the path through the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. The first one to the nest is the winner.

Pros:

  • It’s based on a popular TV show and as shallow of a reason as that is, it gets children’s attention.
  • Pieces are BIG, meaning they are easy to handle for children.
  • Easy game play that’s simple for children to understand.
  • Fun (enough said there…I really detest boring games. Then again, I enjoy Trivial Pursuit, so it’s hard
  • for me to find a more boring game – ha ha).

Cons:

  • Game and pieces are lightweight – this game is not made for heavy-handed children who are rough on games.

Not all games are winners, but this one is a pretty safe bet. Kids will enjoy it and the parents will enjoy playing it with them. While not the most challenging game for the adult players (obviously), you will delight in seeing your kids have so much fun with their pals from Dinosaur Train.

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