During the last week or so our homeschooling has been a disaster. So, when this arrived I breathed a sigh of relief that he would be getting some Maths practice under the disguise of playing.
About Sum Swap
Sum Swamp is aimed at children ages 5+ so it was perfect for Flinn (5) and Isaiah (7) to play together. It is for 2-4 players and each game varies in length but takes around 10 minutes to play. Included in the box is a game board, 4 little critter playing pieces, 2 number dice, and 1 operation die (A dice that rolls either a + or -).
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How To Play Sum Swamp
There are a few elements to playing Sum Swamp. Essentially, the player has to roll both the 2 number dices and the operation dice. They then have to work out the sum that those dice have displayed. This determines how many spaces on the board they have to move. The aim is to get across the Swamp first.
On top of this, there are special spaces such as,
- Squares that contain the words “Odd” or “Even. Here the player has to try and roll either an odd or even number
- Number spaces – A square with a number on it. The player then rolls the operation dice and either has to move forward or backwards the relevant number
- There is also an “endless loop” where the player has to roll the correct number of spaces to get out of it.
Thoughts On Sum Swamp
The board itself opens out sideways. This means you need to sit in a line in front of it rather than around the board as you normally would. This is a great idea if there are just 2 of you but if there are 3 or 4 players, it gets a bit squashed and awkward.
When I first read through the instructions I thought Flinn would be put off by having to do the additions and subtractions but instead, he seemed to enjoy the challenge. The highest number on either dice is obviously 6 so the sums are kept nice and easy. He loved the choice of playing pieces and the new idea of using more than 1 dice.
With the additional special spaces on the board, the game is kept engaging and there is an opportunity for each player to change to be the leader throughout each game.
The physical quality of the game is great. The playing pieces are chunky and of a rubber-type material and the colour and print quality of the board is vibrant.
Overall both the boys enjoyed the game and I loved the fact that it was really getting their brains ticking.
Conclusion: Definitely recommended!
Sum Swamp is available to buy here.
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