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Thunderworks Games Cartographers. (Photo by Amy Phelps)

If your kids love Tetris-type games, they’ll love Thunderworks Games’ “Cartographers”.

Designed by Jordy Adan and illustrated by Lucas Ribeiro, this game uses cards and card drawing sheets. Each player takes on the role of a cartographer, drawing forests, farmlands, towns, rivers and monsters of different shapes to score as many points as possible.

The game is divided into 4 seasons, with maps that will tell players how to score points. Players then draw a number of cards depending on the season, then draw a shape and fill it with a type of land shown on the card. Sometimes you can choose between two different shapes and different terrains. Some shapes will also give players a bonus “piece of money” if they use it. At the end of each season, they score points for the season and continue for the following season. But beware! If there are monsters on your map without any sort of landmark nearby, you will lose points!

The game is designed for as many players as you want, with a playtime of 30-45 minutes and is intended for ages 10 and up. Some players said they thought kids as young as 8 could follow the rules (and that there was no reading involved) and other players thought it might be too complicated for the younger ones. , and would be best for ages 12 and up. There’s a lot of spatial reasoning going on, as you can rotate the shapes however you want to fill the map (space becomes a bounty in later seasons) and it’s a skill kids need to develop, this So would be a great way to work this kind of thinking into a fun activity. My colleague who tried it with me thought it would be a good thing to present to school as a way to work on it.

The game has also received several nominations for Best Family Game.

“Cartographers” is published by Thunderworks Games. It costs $ 24.95 and is available online and at board game stores.


Amy Phelps is a book and game reviewer for the Parkersburg News and Sentinel and Graffiti Magazine. She can be contacted at aphel[email protected]

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