I'm reaching way down for this game. Some people might remember it from school, but I bet a lot don't. I have to come out of the closet and admit what a math geek I am: I went back and bought the advanced versions of this game to play with my friends in college. Yes, you read that right; I played this in college, and loved it!
24 Game has a great website located here: http://www.24game.com/ It contains details about the game and plenty of sample puzzles to try out.
24 Game is a fiendishly simple math based game. The components are just a deck of square cards with four numbers displayed on them. These four numbers need to be combined through addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to reach a result of 24. Each number needs to be used once and only once. Each card also has a difficulty rating on it, ranging from one to three. To make a true game out of it, we would generally flip up a new card and race to be the first person to supply an answer. You get to claim the cards you solve and your current score is the sum of the difficulty points on the cards you possess. We would play to around 10 points and then start over again.
In college I went ahead and purchased the double digit deck and the integer deck that involves negative numbers. Also in college, we viewed it more as a cooperative challenge and just played our way through the decks for fun.
1. Talk about honing your basic math skills. I promise that you, or your kids, will have even better basic table recall speed after playing this game for awhile.
2. I have found very few people that don't enjoy playing this game. It is really more of a math puzzle; and you can see how far Suduko has spread. (Okay, this isn't completely similar to Suduko, since Suduko could easily be played with symbols, but the puzzle aspect remains.)
3. You always feel a little bit smarter when you are done playing. It's kind of like the difference between watching TV and reading a book. I can almost feel the onset of dementia being pushed out a few years every time I play.
1. You are going to need severe handicapping to keep this a fair game. I almost always played with other math students, but the few times I played with other groups, it really wasn't fair. I didn't blow them away only because I let them win. If you're playing with your kids, a good 10-20 second head start on each card might give them a fair chance.
2. Extended sessions can cause some brain burn. It's not the same kind of mental exhaustion that comes from trying to use 10 Action Points in Tikal, but it is still present. I find most people enjoy it best in 30 minute sessions. A bunch of math geeks can be guaranteed hours of fun though.
3. Some people just have an extreme aversion to math. I would assume that anyone who is willing to play even the basic euros like Settlers would be accepting of this game though. None-the-less, there are always some who had a horrible time with match in school and just do not ever want to dive into it again.
I am proud to have the 24 Game sitting in my board game collection. It may look like something that is more at home on a teacher's desk, but I promise you that it has brought me just as many hours of fun as any of my other games. I would bet this would make a great filler game for many of the groups out there.
- Last edited Mon Jun 4, 2007 8:54 pm (Total Number of Edits: 1)
- Posted Tue Mar 6, 2007 2:56 pm
No excuses. The 24 game is solid on three counts. It is a thinking game, it is a learning game, and it is a fun game. This is a great game at multiple levels from simple addition and subtraction to working with fractions and algebraic expressions. On a variant I have asked my daughters to generate multiple methods to arrive at a given number other than 24. My daughters were able to grasp the idea and engage in solutions that exceeded the instruction they had received at their grade level. This is a great game for 4 players. It is a must have for any household with children.