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A Fall Family Favorite Game: Hit The Habitat Trail

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Animal and environmental trivia game for the whole family. Test your knowledge of the eight habitats and ecosystems.

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Hit The Habitat Trail is a family board game that brings you a bit closer to nature. Designed for 2 to 6 players, the game is played similar to many trivia board games by answering questions and moving around the board.  Players compete by correctly answering game trivia cards in an attempted to collect 2 cards from each of the eight habitats. The habitats are Ocean, Jungle, Forest, Wetlands, Mountains, Dessert, Grassland and Arctic.

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Players who incorrectly answer the game questions, must roll the die and move backwards that number of spaces. Trivia questions range from animal behavior to habitat info to ecosystems and more. They offers a variety of information and trivial facts.

If a player is lucky, he or she will draw a “Wisdom” card, which can be traded for a habitat card for the habitat that player is current in or used to trade among players. These wisdom cards can be held for later use, as a strategic advantage. While the wisdom cards aren’t necessarily designed to offer advice, some of the cards have wording that might be helpful, insightful or inspiring. One example is “You use leftover water from any water bottle to water a plant”.

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We like this game because of the different trivia questions and the fact that they are things learned in Science class or the Discovery Channel. There aren’t many points to the game, which make it easy to set up and get into. One thing we’d like to see improved would be the use of the habitats… perhaps questions specific to a habitat and its ecosystem of plants and animals… maybe offering a slightly more challenging concept. Otherwise, it is what you would expect from a trivia game and for that we appreciate Hit The Habitat Trail from Jax.

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Light Up Family Game Night with Circuit Maze

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We greatly look forward to family game night, especially when partnered with brands such as Think Fun. We were offered a sample copy of this game for review purposes. The opinions expressed herein are strictly mine as an honest review of the game. #Sponsored  This post may contain affiliate links.

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Circuit Maze is a puzzle game that focuses on electrical currents. Circuit Maze is a single player game that has several different challenges to be completed… 60 actually.¬† Each challenges and difficulty levels is presented on a card. Each card has a grid that says where the start and end pieces are to be placed, which pieces that need to be used, and what the objective is. When the player completes the challenge puzzle a real electrical circuit is formed and the beacon lights up. Aside from being a terrific puzzle game for critical thinking skills, Circuit Maze offers a wonderful introduction or enhancement to any electrical themed curriculum (homeschool or otherwise). Children interested in electricity will be delighted to play this game whereby creating actual electrical currents and visually being able to see their success light before them.

In our house we enjoy building puzzles and testing our mental prowess with many activities. Circuit Maze made a great addition to our collection of games because of it diversity. This is a terrific gift idea for families that perhaps have and enjoy many games, as this as elements of Rush Hour but of course with the twist of electrical current. With 60 challenges it offers entertainment to a wide age range.

Caution: Please be sure to fully read the instructions. It is possible to cause a short circuit, damaging the unit and becoming a fire hazard. We wouldn’t be doing the right thing but not mentioning this and therefore advise that all children are supervised when playing this game. This shouldn’t be a deterrent but a caution for any and all tools used for teaching or engaging in electrical display.

Check out our other game reviews here and consider Circuit Maze for your holiday gift giving or birthdays.

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