In the January sales at work I stumbled upon a board game called ‘Bookchase.’ The purpose of the game is to travel to each of the six different coloured section, and answer a question correctly to receive a book of the corresponding colour. Once you have collected one book in each colour you have to roll the exact number necessary to land on the centre square to win the game. However, it is necessary to do this without ‘losing’ any books on the way – therefore it is necessary to avoid the ‘sentence or reward’ cards. The game is similar to ‘Trivial Pursuit,’ just with a sole focus on books.
Even though the game is completely book based, it is not just a game for book lovers. My boyfriend has become thoroughly addicted, even though he is not a regular reader. All of the questions have multiple choice answers, but that certainly doesn’t make the game any less challenging! The questions also focus on six different genres, so there are areas that every player, reader or non-reader will be confident in answering.
The questions all come under the following genres:
- Fantasy and Science Fiction
- Children and Fun
- Travel and Adventure
- Classics and Modern
- Poetry and Plays
- Crime and Thrillers
Included with the game are some miniature ‘book jacket’ stickers, which you can stick onto the plastic books. All of the jackets have titles on them so you can customise your game to your reading tastes.
This game is incredibly fun and definitely very competitive! I would recommend it to any book-lover and encourage them to get everyone involved so they can see that you don’t have to read lots to win this game! Penguin have also released their own version of Bookchase using their trademark coloured covers for each section, which is beautifully presented in a giant box that looks like a book.
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