The Sci or Fi Files (Sometimes Science is Stranger than Fiction!) is a game published by Educational Insights. It is for 2-6 players. In this game, players will be answering questions as they try to collect a score chip from each science category.
To begin, each player is given 3 answer cards, one for each number from 1 to 3. Each player will also need a pencil and piece of paper. These items, you will have to supply yourself. Play now begins.
On a player’s turn, they will choose a category and draw a card from that stack. The card is then read aloud without showing the answers on the back of the card. All players then chose the number that they think correctly answers the question. They place the corresponding numbered answer card face down in front of them. The player that read the question now flips over the card and reads the answers aloud telling which is correct or wrong and why. Players will then turn over their answer cards. Those players than answered correctly earn a color coded score chip for that card’s category. The first player to collect a score chip from each of the 4 categories wins.
There are several different card types included in this game, some will have you guess which statement is true while others will have you guess which one is false. There are Risk It cards that allow a player to risk 2 score chips on 2 separate questions. If they’re wrong, they’ll lose 2 score chips instead. There are listing cards that have the players write down a list of 3 answers to a question. If all 3 answers are right they win a score chip. As stated earlier, once a player collects a score chip from each of the 4 categories, they win.
There are lots of cards included in this game. There are cards for each of the 4 categories in one of the different types mentioned above. There are some colorful divider cards and score chips as well. Finally there are the answer cards. These are all fairly colorful and have lots of really great educational questions. The pieces are rather sturdy and everything fits nicely inside the box that resembles a filing cabinet from the X-Files. I really like the design of the box and think it’s really unique looking. The cards are all interesting and fun.
8 out of 10
The rulebook for this game is rather short and in black and white. Everything is laid out really well and nothing is difficult to understand. There are lots of pictures and explanations, especially of all the different card types. It’s super simple to read. It takes only a minute or two to read through and you’re good to go. It fits in well with the look and feel of the game. Overall, it’s pretty well done.
8 out of 10
At it’s core, the game is a trivia game, plain and simple. The questions are pulled from 4 different categories; earth and space, life science, physical science and unclassified. The last category has some really unusual and interesting questions and facts. For the right age group, this game is rather fun and educational. The game is designed for ages 10 and up or grades 5 and up and that seems like a pretty reasonable age group. My thoughts are that the older in age or grade you go, the less likely that the children playing will enjoy the game. My son is 13 with a healthy love for science and history. Needless to say, he enjoys the game pretty well, plus it makes him learn as well. It’s not a game that will take a whole lot of time. Most sessions with this game last from 15-30 minutes tops. It just depends on how quickly you read and answer the questions. For a trivia game, it’s pretty good.
8 out of 10
The Sci or Fi Files (Sometimes Science is Stranger than Fiction!) is a light trivia game of scientific proportions. It’s a fairly short game as far as trivia games go with most sessions lasting no longer than 30 minutes tops. It’s got lots of interesting questions all from the science side of the spectrum. The design of everything from the cards to the box look like it was pulled from an episode of the X-Files. The game is rather fun and educational. It’s great for homeschoolers or for sharpening those science skills. My son enjoys the game especially the look of it. I recommend this for anyone wishing to help their kids learn science facts in a fun way. It’s even good for us adults to relearn some old forgotten stuff as well. It’s a really good educational game.
8 out of 10
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