History Heroes Review - Handy For Home-Ed?

History Heroes Review - Handy For Home-Ed?

Sasha Jackson
Authored by Sasha Jackson
Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2024 - 17:40

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I was lucky enough to receive two History Heroes games to review, but I only ever recommend products I genuinely trust and believe in. So, you can count on my opinions being completely honest and my own. And those links I've popped in this review? They don’t pay me any commission, but they will hook you up with a lovely discount.

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History Heroes Review

Looking for games that are not only entertaining but also educational and eco-friendly? Look no further than History Heroes! I'm thrilled to share my review of two of their amazing products. As a parent and home educator committed to making learning fun, I can't help but sing the praises of this fantastic brand. 

History Heroes are all about blending fun, education, and sustainability into one delightful package. Based in England, they craft award-winning games and jigsaws that are perfect for all ages. Their top-quality games are not only beautifully illustrated but also packed to the brim with fascinating historical tidbits. Whether you're a history buff or just dipping your toes into the past, there's something for everyone. The products aim to provide entertainment and learning, sometimes along with a little healthy competition to help all the facts and history become retained memories. Their games and puzzles are made right here in the UK using sustainable card, with packaging that's 100% recyclable.

There are lots of fantastic freebies on their website, like colouring-in sheets, word searches and timelines, to download and print at home: Free Downloads & Activity Sheets | History Heroes

Our readers can get an exclusive 10% discount on their purchases - use the code Homed24 at checkout.

 

The two games we reviewed were quite different in terms of gameplay time and age suitability. Age recommendations are always very subjective, as everyone learns at a different pace.

We have also played the original range of History Heroes card games with friends (there are 13 different sets, pictured above) and wish we had those too! They’re very simple to play (using a similar game style to Top Trumps), educational, fun, and small enough to pop into your bag for those bored moments when you’re out.

 

First up, A LITTLE SLICE OF HISTORY’ - Price £12.99 - easy to play - quick game time.

Looking at this card game, it seems like it could be a handy addition to our home-ed activities! It's all about matching History Heroes cards to uncover surprising connections, which sounds like a fun way to learn about history. It's suitable for ages 6+ and for 2 to 6 players - so it's perfect for home-ed families with kids of different ages.

"a little slice of history" card game Everything is made from FSC certified card, and the box is very small, so it is easy to store. The instructions were basic; I think having an additional game card showing what the corresponding symbols meant would be a helpful addition. The cards themselves are quite unique, triangularly shaped - we found this shape really pleasing and easy to hold - and it’s how they fit together so neatly once you begin playing. The illustrations on them are the same as across all History Heroes products, really bold, fun and colourful.

history heroes card game The gameplay is quick to learn, a straightforward matching one, and like in ‘UNO’ the objective is to get rid of all your cards. When you are down to your last card, you must call out “Hero!”; if you don't, another player can beat you to it, and you must then draw a card (this aspect caused a little rage between two of my boys!). It has sneaky event cards too, that can throw a spanner in the works of the player’s best-laid plans and adds an extra layer of challenge and excitement to the game.

a little slice of history card game The gameplay averaged about 10 minutes for us. I think that the history facts could be overlooked with this game, so we added elements to overcome this. We had each player read out the quote on their card when they placed it. We also took time to consider why the placed cards were connected. This makes gameplay a little longer but adds to the learning potential.

a little slice of history card game by history heroes The fact that it's so small is a big plus. I can imagine slipping it into our bag or keeping it in the car for impromptu games while out and about. If you're looking for a fun and educational game that's easy to take with you wherever you go, this could be a winner!

Overall, A LITTLE SLICE OF HISTORY seems like a versatile and entertaining game that can fit nicely into our home-ed routine.

My son O’s thoughts:

It was a nice and simple game with good comic book-looking art. I didn’t understand the instructions at first, but you can get the hang of it more easily while playing. I liked the way you had to match the symbols with each other and how the question marks could be placed on any symbol (If you can say why!). The only thing I didn’t like was how there was confusion with what the ‘neutral’ symbol did. Other than that, I enjoyed it a lot.

 

Next, A RACE IN TIME - Price £29.95 - a little more challenging for younger players - long game time.

A Race in Time History Heroes board game

This was instantly very visually appealing with the bright and fun illustrations on the box. History Heroes say on their website that all their products' materials are recyclable and use sustainable card. The interior storage insert was made of recyclable plastic, and the packs of cards were plastic film wrapped; this didn’t appear to be recyclable as far as I could tell. The box, game board, cards and counters are made of card, and all feature a wonderful art style.     

history heroes race in time cards It's suitable for ages 8+, for 2 to 8 players, and there are two ways to play. You've got the straightforward option: zoom around the board from start to finish, answering quiz questions to move forward and braving the twists and turns of ‘event’ squares. They could give you a boost like ‘move forward’ or throw a spanner in the works! The cards are just like those in their History Heroes card games, with wonderful illustrations and facts. You choose your level of question from 1 to 6 - coloured green to red: easiest to hard. So if you choose and answer a level 5 question correctly - you move forward five places, gradually moving through four historical eras towards the finish at the centre of the board. 

a race in time board game counters But, if you're up for a bigger challenge, here's what you can do: not only do you race around the board, but you also have an additional end-game objective to complete. This can be secret or chosen before play. As you move, you collect and discard History Heroes cards to build up your ultimate team of historical figures. To win the game and conquer the objective, you need to have the top 5 History Heroes cards for the objective in your hand when you reach the finish line. Now, here's where it gets really interesting: how do you determine who's got the best five heroes? All players get to decide and vote on it! You all lay your cards on the table and ready yourselves for a battle of wits (and much debate!) as everyone votes on the best crew. We found it didn’t add much extra time to gameplay doing this option, it depends on how long the players argue their case for having the winning hand!

There is an A3 sized poster to accompany the game and give you clues to answering the questions. This is like an optional crib sheet. You could examine this at the start and put it away if you're history confident, or as we did, leave it in view the whole game. I’ll admit, even with the poster, I struggled with some of the questions! With repeated play, I imagine it would get easier as you remembered the answers. As you are reading out the facts/questions, there is a lot of potential learning and fact retention going on.

a race in time board game We did feel that it might be tricky for young children; my 12-year-old thought 10+ would be a better guideline. Also, it is a long game, so you’d need to account for that before you start playing. It took us at least three hours on our playthroughs - some children may struggle to maintain interest for this long. Maybe a ‘quick play’ version of the rules could be invented. I’d also recommend it as fun for adults to play without the kids, especially history buffs; my 23-year-old and I enjoyed playing it by ourselves. There could be a disparity between players' knowledge if widely different ages are playing together. We invented a rule for this ourselves to make it fairer - all players could only choose the easier questions (1 to 3). This meant an adult couldn’t keep choosing harder number 6 questions and moving ahead quickly, while a much younger player who only felt confident enough to choose easy questions gets left behind.

There is much scope for personalising the rules to fit your own family. We are working on devising an alternative gameplay using just the objectives and the heroes cards, as we enjoyed the ‘arguing your case’ for the best 5 heroes element of the main game so much. You could also remove and use the heroes cards by themselves for a Top Trumps style card game. These aspects offer really good play value in my opinion.

Overall, THE RACE IN TIME board game is not only fun but also educational, with quiz questions and historical themes woven throughout. Plus, the strategic element of collecting and swapping History Heroes cards adds an extra layer of engagement, debate and critical thinking. It's a great way to engage older children in history while having a great time with the family. It’s stealth learning, and even if you get the questions wrong - you are still absorbing historical facts and knowledge of figures from history.

 

My son O’s thoughts:

I liked the design of the game and the art. It was fairly simple rules once I’d played it once and I got what to do. Some of the questions were pretty hard, even with the poster to help. I think it could be unfair for younger players playing with older ones, it felt this way when playing it with my mum. My best bit was the objective at the end and deciding whose heroes were best. I’m going to take out and use the cards for playing top trumps with too.

 

Sasha’s summary:

You know, what I absolutely love about history is how it spans all subjects. When it's really good, it's like diving into the most fascinating story. That's exactly what History Heroes have set out to achieve with their products- it's all about sharing the stories of those who've played pivotal roles in shaping our world.

And let's not forget the educational value. While playing History Heroes’ games, you're soaking up facts about ancient civilisations and modern-day marvels. Each game is a treasure trove of information just waiting to be discovered. Before you know it, you'll be dropping historical nuggets into conversation like a scholar.

Games are perfect tools for hidden learning. They teach all sorts of stuff: spelling, counting, history – you name it. And it's not just about facts; games also help with skills like problem-solving, following rules, and even waiting your turn. They're like a one-stop shop for learning, fitting into almost any subject and catering to different learning styles and abilities.

So, if you're looking for games that are not only entertaining but also ‘stealth learning,’ I thoroughly recommend History Heroes.

 

Handy for home ed?

I think both games could be really handy for home education! They’re not just fun; but also a great way to sneak some history into your home-ed routine. Plus, they are fantastic tools for sparking discussion and diving deeper into historical events and topics with your kids. So yes, definitely worth considering for your home-ed toolkit!

⭐️ Our ‘handy for home-ed’ rating of History Heroes is 5/5 ⭐️

History Heroes review

Our readers can get an exclusive 10% discount on their purchases - use the code Homed24 at checkout.

 
Disclosure

I was lucky enough to receive two History Heroes games to review, but I only ever recommend products I genuinely trust and believe in. So, you can count on my opinions being completely honest and my own. And those links I've popped in this review? They don’t pay me any commission, but they will hook you up with a lovely discount.

Read my full disclosure on advertising here.

 

We'd love your comments; what are your family's favourite games?

 

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