Academics' Choice Award™ Winner
ESCAPE EVILAges: 8 - 12
Escape EVIL is a game designed to develop a child's curiosity to learn chemistry. Through the game, kids realize that chemistry is not an imaginary subject but a lot of materials around us involve fascinating chemical properties.
Four scientists from across the world were invited by the Earth Vision Industrial Labs (E.V.I.L) to create a chemical potion that could eradicate malnutrition from our planet. However, after reaching the laboratory, the scientists realize that the E.V.I.L Chairman has other plans in mind - to rule the world with a potent mind control potion. On refusing to cooperate, they were captured within their cells inside the laboratory. Guarded by a warden, it is not easy to escape E.V.I.L. However, the warden has one weakness, Magic! Can the scientists use chemicals within the lab to perform a magic trick, mesmerize the warden and escape E.V.I.L.?
HOW TO PLAY
The game includes sixteen magic tricks divided into three categories - beginner, intermediate and advanced.
Step 1: Pick a pawn and collect the corresponding color markers. Place the pawns in the similar colored cells on the board.
Step 2: Decide a preferred level of difficulty and choose one trick each.
Step 3: Identify the required chemicals on the board and reserve them by placing the color markers on the white circular spaces.
Step 4: Roll dice and move on the board following the arrows provided. Note that some spaces allow to move in two different directions (eg; Sodium Polyacrelate)
Step 5: Acquire money when landed in Guard spaces.
Step 6: Use this money to purchase chemicals and acquire the corresponding chemical card.
Step 7: If another player lands in a chemical you purchased, ask the question written behind the chemical card. If answered correctly, get $50, else, get $100.
Step 8: Once all required chemicals are collected, reach the warden's office, enact and show the magic trick to other players. Escape through the underground fire passage from next turn.
Note: You may choose to purchase and use Action Cards to improve your situation in the game.
The first player to reach the Freedom Flag wins.
Contents include: game board, 44 hat tokens, 4 characters and stands, 40 word ending cards to create over 160 words, spinner, instructions with complete word list.
Our family really enjoyed playing this game. It's Monopoly meets Snakes and Ladders with a chemistry twist! Our children became familiar with common chemicals on the periodic table and many interesting chemical reactions such as how potassium metal reacts very rapidly with water and creates a spark and flame (an exothermic reaction - a release of energy by light or heat). The trivia on the back of each chemical card was fascinating. We ended up doing some backyard experiments after we played the game a few times. I really liked how it introduced my 8 and 10-year-old to the "magic" of chemistry and physical science. Neither of them have taken any chemistry courses so this game was a real eye-opener for them. The game definitely brings a relatively dry subject to life in a fun and innovative way.
The game board, cards, and even the box are all well made and durable. There isn't a lot of strategy, but the game definitely involves planning and decision making and fosters an interest in the wonders of life and the science of matter.
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