Timeline Card Game
TIMELINE CARD GAME
Timeline is an engagingly simple, highly compelling card game for 2 or more players.
One of the biggest grumbles in these days of low attention spans and multi-screening etc. is that games take too long to learn. That isn’t the case with Timeline, the basic principle is effortlessly simple, even if the thought process (or guesstimation process) involved can be anything but, as players tie themselves up in guessing and double guessing!
Players try to place their cards in sequence with other cards already played. Each card has an event of some kind on it from history, one side just shows that event, and the other side shows the year it happened. The catch though is that players don’t get to see the side of the card which shows the date until they have decided where their card fits in the sequence and placed it down…then, and only then can they flip it over and see if they got it right or not. The game is a race to get rid of your cards first, and by the end of the game it can be very tricky to place the event at the right point in the sequence.
We tested Timeline as part of game play evenings with more than a dozen games to choose from. Generally, once people started playing Timeline they were reluctant to stop playing and move onto another game, which gives a good indication of how compelling it is.
The packaging is a bit overdone with Timeline (there’s a bit too much of it for what is after all a card game) and the cards are quite small, some players with worse eyesight struggled to see the print/had to really look to see…but it’s such a good game that these points didn’t really seem to matter that much.
We were sent three versions of Timeline to test: Music & Cinema, Inventions, Science and Discoveries.
All three versions tested played very well. While Music & Cinema might seem at first to be the most popular/easiest for everyone to play, actually it becomes particularly hard because there can only be a comparatively small time frame for each movie versus Science & Discoveries or Inventions which can go back hundreds or even thousands of years. Moreover, while Music & CInema may sound most appealing for kids (if you’re looking for a family game), kids won’t have heard of most of the films, so actually the other two versions we tested are better for families, and clearly have more educational value.
Which brings us on to the final point on Timeline – this is a great way to get kids and adults thinking and learning about history, science and sociological development while having fun.
WHO’S IT FOR: Anyone aged 8+ who likes guessing when things happened/having fun with friends and family
THE TOY VERDICT: Timeline is a really good game – simple enough to be accessible for all, but challenging enough to be fun and educational at the same time. Highly recommended.
WHERE TO BUY:
To see at Amazon.co.uk, just click here: Timeline
To see at Amazon.com, just click here: Timeline