Review: Terra

Terra review

Planet Earth, Terra, has a rich history. How much of it do you know? How much of it do you have some idea of? There are quite a few general knowledge games out there and often players find themselves skipping them because they don’t know everything there is to know and the smarty-pants in the group always wins. What if you had a trivia game where you could win by being almost right?

Terra is a question and answer party game where you don’t have to know all the answers in order to win. Produced in 2014 and designed by Friedmann Friese it’s actually pretty fun to play even if you’re not a genius.

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Opening the box

Specs on the box

  • 2-6 players (feel tree to make teams if you have more players)
  • Ages 10+
  • 45-60 min

There is not much in the box. First there is a beautifully illustrated, double sided, board depicting the world map. It’s double sided because one side has imperial and the other metric measurements on it. The map itself is not the same as we are used to. Instead of countries, it’s divided by geographical region. So you don’t have to know which country something comes from but rather where in the world it is from.

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There is plenty of space for new cards, but the size of the cards means that it needs to be split across multiple slots.

There is a set of wooden tokens for each player, used to keep track of the scores on the edge of the board and during the turns, to mark their guesses on the board. There is also a stack of cards with the questions and answers on them. These cards also have some interesting info on them about the place/event/item/sport in question. The cards also have a box to hold them so that the answers are not visible during the game.

Sleeves

I’m afraid I could not find any, these cards are an odd size.

Theme

If you have not gathered yet, this is a game about the whole world. Players have to answer questions and score points in order to win.

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Not all countries have their names printed and some areas cross borders.

Gameplay

Place the board on the table with the metric or imperial side up, whichever suites you. Give each player their set of tokens and put a stack of cards into the holder. Then decide who the smartest player in the group is. The person to his left goes first.

The current player will read out the visible half of the first card that he can see in the box. Each card will have 3 questions on it eg The Orient Express, where did it travel? When was its first trip? How many seats did it have on the train?

Then each player, in turn order, will have a chance to guess the answer to any 1 of the questions. To do so he will take one of his tokens and place it on the spot that he thinks is correct. He can select a location on the map or a spot on 1 of the tracks on the bottom of the map that marks numbers, distance or years.

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Tracks for guessing date, instance and numeric ranges.

Once everyone has selected an answer then they can guess again, only 1 question at a time though. They can keep guessing for as long as they still have tokens or they can pass.

Once everyone is done the current player will remove the card from its holder revealing the answers. Each correct answer will get its owner 7 points. Each answer that was adjacent to the correct answer will get 3 points. These tokens are returned to their owners. All of the incorrect answers will have their tokens set aside and you will only have 1 of these returned to you each turn! So be wary of taking random guesses.

The player with the most points at the end of round 6 is the winner.

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Conclusion

Let me start by saying that I don’t like this type of game. I like useless facts, get me a drink and I’ll give you a few but don’t expect me to remember them on the spot or expect them to be useful. These type of games are never my goto game. I’ll play them if other people want to play but hardly ever willingly. However, it’s not your typical trivia game.

Some questions actually have multiple answers, like the Oriental express ran through 4 of the regions on the map. If you don’t know exactly where it ran but the other players seem certain then you can play in a region adjacent to theirs to score 3 points. You can play this game strategically even if you don’t know all of the answers. So if I had to suggest a trivia game I’d suggest this one.

I also like the fact that it’s very current and I learnt something new every time I played. The cards also cover a huge variety of topics General knowledge, history, sports, geography, so it’s a nice way to test yourself and to get the kids learning something too.

If I were in the market for this type of game then this is the one that I would get. If you enjoyed 30 seconds or similar games then this is the next game for you to get.

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The answer is 2015!! How recent is that!?

Can I play this at a braai?

Interesting question, in typical games of this type you can call out your answer while you’re not at the table but here the answers are not exact. This means that you need to know the board in order to do that but the games are fairly quick to play and you can pop in and out without missing too much, or you can get someone to take over braai duties if you need to make a guess.

Thanks to boardgames.co.za for the review copy of Terra

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