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Welcome to the latest edition of the regular blog feature Board Game Analysis. In this post we are looking at the ‘Britain at its best‘ edition of Top Trumps. This is from Winning Moves and is suitable for two or more players aged 6+.
Types of Top Trumps
This is the Britain at its best double pock. One pack is key workers and the other is hospitals. Each pack has 30 cards.
The categories on these cards are; the year that the profession originated, unsung hero rating out of ten, gadgets and gizmos out of five and style out of ten. Each card has a different key worker on with facts about why they are key workers. This is brilliant for helping children understand what key workers do and why they are great. The gadgets and gizmos category is about what the key worker uses to carry out their jobs and style is about what they wear with neon being cool!
These show hospitals in the UK. The four categories are; when the hospital was opened, number of beds, fame rating between one and three and the rainbow rating which shows how colourful a hospital is, scored out of ten.
There are so many others to choose from
There really is a Top Trumps for everyone as there are so many to choose from.
This is just a tiny fraction of all of the different sets which you can collect.
So as I mentioned earlier, you have four categories for each game. The categories will differ depending on which game set you are using.
You deal out all of the cards face down. Each person then holds their cards so that they can only see the top one of the cards in their hand. The person to the dealers left starts by reading out one of their stats from a category. For example, hospital beds 1,013. Then players in turn will say what they have for hospital beds on their top card. The player with the highest number of beds gets the cards from the other players which they put to the bottom of their pile including their own card which they have just played.
The person who won the round gets to go next. Play continues until only one person is left with all of the cards and they are the winner.
Believe it or not, I had never actually played Top Trumps before. Everyone I have spoken to about it has apart from me it would seem! My husband is 46 and he said he remembers playing when we was ten so it must have been a game that has been around for a long time!
I liked it as it is easy to play and it is also really educational too. Faith loved it, especially as she has won a few games now! Darren said that he also really enjoys it too.
I liked the hospital cards as each card had a picture of the UK with a red dot to signify the location of the hospital so even I was learning while we were playing. I love the educational value of the game and I am looking into getting some more packs to use in our homeschool.
For every Britain at its best pack of Top Trumps sold, £1.50 is going to the NHS which I think is fantastic. You also get a card in your pack with a code so that if you collect five different packs you can claim a free pack which also encourages you to collect them all!
I hope you have found this review useful and I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments. Have you played before? If you have which sets do you have?