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Game Review: Prime Climb

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Game: Prime Climb

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  • Players: 2-4
  • Game Time: 30 minutes
  • Ease of Use: Easy Peasy
  • Our Family Rating: 4/5

This award winning game was conceived by the people who created Math for Love. In our homeschool circles, I’ve often heard of the wonderful work the Math for Love people do. In our family, we just enjoy number games. My boys enjoy games that are shared with the family and can supplement school work. I was happy to hear the game was manufactured in the USA!

Enter the game:

We were instantly drawn to the black background and vibrant colors. In the box, there are two pawns for each player. At first, this was confusing. However, it soon became clear how much more math and fun could be had by not getting one, but two pawn to the center of the board — to the Prime Number 101!

How to play:

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The game is easy to set-up and allows for competitive, yet not frustrating, play. There are 24 deck cards, 4 of which are blank and we never did figure out why those were included; maybe to make a few house rules. Pawns are placed on start and the two ten-sided diced are rolled. Doubles mean you can use each die twice; each number on the die acts independently {ie: you cannot add, subtract, multiply, or divide the die numbers}.

How you use the die is to add, subtract, multiply, or divide the number given. Whole positive numbers given on the board are all

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that are available, so you won’t be dividing 100 by 3 to round and get 33 {a prime number}, nor can you multiply to 400 and divide by 10. All numbers utilized must be on the board in play. The goal is to get both of your pawns, independently, to the 101 Prime Number spot.

What we love:

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We love the circles around the numbers. For those of us who may need a little assistance with factors and divisors {numbers multiplied and divided, our multiplication facts!}, these bars of color coordinate to numbers. Using the key, you can easily see that 2×8=16 — Yay! It gives a great tutorial on math facts which, let’s be honest, is always fun at our house.

You think I’m kidding, but we get a kick out of making play from our work!

About the cards:

The cards are drawn if one of your pawns, at the end of your turn, ends on a red Prime

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number. The card can either be a Keeper card to be used on a future turn, like add or subtract 8 to your pawn on red, or it can be an Action card which must be used immediately. An example of an action is ‘move pawn to the closest pawn and send them back to start’. Ouch! Normally, this type of game play would prove to irritate even the most mature in my group.

Ahem.

But in this game, it was fun to strategize the best way to get to our pawns to 101. We only had one, small, disagreement. Momentary at best, when I was given a ‘Keeper’ card that stated I could only divide or subtract on my next turn. I had one pawn at ‘Start’, which is 0 {zero} to which I eagerly multiplied by the roll on my die. My husband didn’t agree at first, but after my children admitted they would like to do the same if they were in that situation, he had to relent.

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House Rules and all.

After happily playing the game twice, we agreed this is a fun game to pull out in a pinch when we would like to practice math and enjoy some figuring fun!

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10 thoughts on “Game Review: Prime Climb

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  1. Thanks for the review! Glad you and your family enjoyed the game!

    By the way, those cards are blank to allow you to make your own house cards. There’s a reference to this in the rules, but it’s buried in the “variations” section in the back.

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    1. Oooo…I’ve not heard of that one, but we love games! My husband and I have been stuck on Ticket to Ride for a few years, but have loved the community aspect of playing Pandemdic with our boys recently — my post will be published this week on that one πŸ˜‰ Thanks for stopping by — and I’d love to read about “The King of Tokyo”!

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      1. Yep — it’s easy to get carried away and take the game over πŸ˜‰ We usually play the European version of the game so we can use the train stations πŸ˜‰

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