We were recently invited to do a Conservation Crisis game review, and I was happy to accept. Syd is approaching 9 now, and is becoming increasingly aware of climate change and endangered animals. So I thought she would enjoy the game. Read on to find out how we got on when we played.
Conservation Crisis Game Review
Conservation Crisis is suitable for children aged 7 and over, and it’s for 2-4 players. Tunza Games, who make it say it takes around an hour to play a game, and it has an RRP of £29.99.
How To Play
When you begin playing, each player has $100,000 to spend on conservation.The idea is you have to spend this as you go round the board. You can hire staff, buy animals and add enclosures as you go. Be careful though, as if you don’t spend it all, you won’t receive any more funding for your next lap.
As in the real world, it’s not as straight forward as buying animals and saving lives. You learn that actions have consequences. Taking a bribe may speed up your game, but you’ll pay the price in other ways. Additionally, you’ll encounter poachers and learn why it’s important to have savings, when there’s a crisis.
As the game goes along, your Reserve can have events, emergencies and staff and community meetings. There are lots of twists and turns, so each “round” of the board involves different outcomes.
Syd and I enjoyed a games night recently, and put Conservation Crisis through its paces. It took us a good 20 minutes to get to grips with the rules, but once we’d figured it out, the game flowed well.
Syd took it personally whenever something “bad” happened, but was over the moon each time she gained an animal.
The game took well over an hour to complete, so it’s not a quick play game. We did enjoy playing it, but there were a lot of parts to the game. Personally, I’d have said age 10+ is more suitable as it was a little complicated to get the hang of.
I loved the message that the Conservation Crisis game shares, and it definitely made both of us think twice about conservation. All told, I really like the game, and the fact they donate £2 from each box to Conservation their chosen charities. These are: David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation – registered charity no.1106893. The Pole Pole Foundation UK – registered charity no. 1173386. CCG Trust – registered charity no. 1118179. Tusk – registered charity no. 803118. (So each of these worthy causes gets 50p each.
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