My wife is 8 ½ months pregnant and since she can’t do too much else, she and I have been spending a couple nights each week playing board games at the kitchen table with our 4-year-old daughter.
Wanting something a bit different last night, I ran by my parents’ house and grabbed Titanic the Board Game out of one of the closets upstairs. I figured it would be a game that was simple enough for my daughter to understand, entertaining to play and maybe even a bit educational.
When we ended up playing it, I found it to be about as fun as I remembered it.
The game, which is based both off of the movie and the Titanic disaster that killed roughly 1500 people, has a pretty simple concept. You are a passenger on board the ship and you have to get to the lifeboats first.
Of course, before you can even start moving toward the lifeboats, you have a few things that need to be done first. You have to get your room key, your valuables, a life vest, your passport and a health inspection before you can move to the first class area of the ship and start working your way to the poop deck. Even then, you run the risk of slipping or being sent to jail or third class. You also have to make sure you don’t run out of money or it’s game over.
The game, which is meant for ages 7 and older, did confuse our daughter at times but she managed to understand most of the concepts and stayed interested (she’s at an age where she can get bored with a game pretty fast if it moves at too slow of a pace). She didn’t win but we let her play until she got on a lifeboat too so she didn’t feel bad. And, afterwards, we used the handy fact sheet to tell her a little bit about the real Titanic; something she found interesting.
Like I said before, the game is pretty fun to play and educational. However, it’s also a game with the potential to drag on. We started it at 8:30 last night and figured we would be done a little after 9. It was almost 10 by the time we finished. This is because there are a lot of spots (especially when you get to the poop deck) that can cause you to go backwards and have to make your way back to the front. My daughter, for example, found herself having to go to the bridge several times to retrieve her family and my wife needed to get a new coat from the lounge area on three different occasions. Because of this, it’s best to play this game when you know you’ll have a lot of time to do it.
Even with that in mind, I feel this is a game that we will be playing a lot of in the future.