2010 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE AND GIVEAWAY – ThriveTime For Teens Board Game

Thrive Time Teens Game Box

I am a critic of flicking fingers game systems–too little thinking. I prefer great games like checkers, chess, dominoes, Scrabble, and Monopoly. So when I was invited to review ThriveTime For Teens, a new board game that teaches teens about money in real-life scenarios, I quickly agreed. After all, Creative Child Magazine chose it as the 2010 game of the year for its teens and family category. This game is geared for one to six players, ages thirteen and up. Its playtime averages one to two hours.

ThriveTime For Teens can be described as “the first-of-its-kind money and life reality board game just for teens. Offering a fun, interactive and family-fun approach to empowering teens with the basic financial skills, each decision in the game either drives you to thriving success or diving debt. The game delivers real-life experiences with credit cards, jobs, work/life balance, time management, savings and charity.”

Inventory: board, cash, game pieces, pencils, score sheets, packs of cards, detailed instructions. These all seemed rather generic. Remember this game is designed to teach skills and build better behaviors. I think perhaps that a more eye-catching design and better graphics would bring more interest and focus than one utilizing mostly numbers. The path could have been so much more inviting for this board game to better compete in a world of computers and electronic gaming.

A great deal of reading and understanding of detailed game play rules is necessary; therefore, a thorough reading of the rule book is required. The acronym BE FAB is a positive message but potentially a hard sell to the adolescent market. For kids to tune in vs tune out, language has to be in sync with the times. Times change as does vocabulary, example the cat’s meow.

This is a solid educational money and life reality game building on important concept words like income, expenses, assets, liabilities, new worth. Too many students graduate without much knowledge of the practical side of balancing time, outlays to expenses, making savvy business decisions, and planning ahead. Mature and motivated older kids will profit from playing the ThriveTime For Teens board game. Anything that teaches financial literacy is a well-chosen investment.

This game retailing at $29.95 can be found at www.thrivetimegame.com.

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