We love games and were extremely excited when USAopoly sent us CrossWays. Our youngest review/tester is 7 years old and was CRUSHED that the game specifically states for 8+! After the initial meltdown and a bit of assurance, she felt comfortable that she was much smarter than her 7 years allowing her the confidence to play the game.
Crossways is played with a deck of cards and a checker like board with numbers to match the cards. To begin, we played the first round with our cards showing so we could learn quicker by helping each other. Although we read the directions, we had continual questions throughout the game to clarify game play. I was so impressed with the higher level questions the kiddos asked. Can we do X? What if we do Y? Can I see the directions please?
The objective is to place game pieces matching the cards in your hand to complete a path across the board. Players may stack game pieces to “lock” the space preventing another player from using the space. That part caused a few tears which faded as fast as they appeared.
Once we completed our first “open” game, the kiddos were anxious to begin a “real” game. As we have played numerous times, the level of strategy grows along with the confidence of the children. With that, we are slowly adding the more complex strategies contained in the game where players can remove pieces (YIKES) if the correct cards are held.
is a fantastic classroom strategy game that can be related to many situations students will encounter in life. Beggining the game, players (students) are focused on their own play and path. With each new game, strategy skills grow and are VERY obvious due to the large growth curve. My favorite part is when a player declares themselves the winner while the remaining players are shocked due to the focus on themselves.
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