A Brief History
On September 10, 2022, we have the pleasure of reviewing a new History oriented board game for you! Called Trekking Through History, this game is different than most others and provides a unique board game playing experience for those weary of electronic video games.
NOTE: Dr. Zar, the owner of this site, received a free review copy of this game for the purpose of reviewing it on his site. Dr. Zar’s father, Major Dan, is the author of this review.
One of the key features of the game is its “game cards,” with each card depicting an historical event that ranges from famous historical persons and events to more generalized historical trends and events and does not rely merely on wars or inventions. These cards are quite inclusive of men and women from multiple locations around the world and varied walks of life. These cards are oftentimes quite creative in their wording about the various historical events and have visually appealing artwork. Dating from some of the earliest parts of human history to nearly the present, Trekking gives the players a wide and captivating view of history. Even just reading these cards in chronological order provides a fun and informative overview of much of world history. I really liked these cards where I think they could even be adapted in book format as a timeline/chronology of world history that could serve as a good teaching supplement or be sold on their own with their dimensions adjusted in standard trading card size.
With regards to the game’s overall playability, described by the creators as “Easy to learn & teach,” the game is a bit more involved than more simple games such as Trivial Pursuit. Of course, the nuances and intricacies of the game make for a much more enjoyable gaming experience for those who prefer a greater level of complexity out of their board games than found in something like Trivial Pursuit. The “How to Play” video included on Underdog Games’s YouTube channel makes learning to play so much easier.
For those interested in history or just about anyone who enjoys playing board games, Trekking Through History is a quality game and is sure to provide many hours of fun for the family or friends. You can tell that the developers put considerable effort researching world history for the cards and designing the artistry of the various game components. We think that such a game could even work as a fun activity for teachers of students aged 10+ or even for high school or college level history clubs as an engaging club activity.
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For more information, please see…
Trekking Through History: The Board Game | A Journey Through Humanity’s Most Incredible Moments. Underdog Games, 2022.
The featured image in this article is a photograph taken of Dr. Zar at his home holding his copy of the product that is the subject of review in this article.