The Magic and Wonder of Math and Science Multiplying & Dividing is a fun little card game where players are tasked with creating number sentences. The first player to run out of cards wins. For this review, we received 1 Sunya- The Magic and Wonder of Math and Science Multiplying & Dividing card game that includes 1 deck of number cards, 1 deck of quiz cards with math symbols, a handy dandy number line card, and 1 instruction booklet printed in both black/white and color-more on the reasoning of that in a bit.
Sunya is sanskrit for Empty, Without. So when a player is out of cards they yell SUNYA! to win the game! Clever, huh?!
How Do You Play?
The directions are kind of complicated. I would like to see these simplified, since it was a lot of reading for us to understand. To be honest, I'm not really sure we fully understand now. This is hw we played the game: Basically, you deal a hand of cards to each player and you create a number sentence. Think of this number sentence as your discard pile. After that each player takes a turn drawing a card and making number sentences. Should a player not be able to make one, that player is to keep drawing cards until they can. Players are encouraged to show their cards and help each other to further the learning. The tens place in the number sentence can be moved when needed, but numbers can not be doubled up on. For example, if the current number sentence is 6x4=24 you can't make another that says 8x4=32 just to use another 4. The first player to run out of cards wins.
There are variations of play in the instruction manual, and wildcards in the deck. For example, one variant is to play with no 1s or 0s! Another variant uses points where the lowest point count wins. We LOVE the riddle cards, and we used those as a family game night "appetizer" during dinner!
As fun as the riddle cards are, I really didn't see much use to them in the overall game. They do have some math components, or math facts, but that's it. They are supposed to be used by the winner of the game. But once you read them once, then you remember the answer. So these are a short lived component in my opinion.
Ok, I admit it. I picked up this instruction booklet and Mr. B and I began to read. After the first couple of pages I was pretty lost in rules and subrules and so on and so forth. I think in their desire to make the game easily understood and fun for all, the writers wanted to make sure the directions were explained in great detail. But there are a few too many details. I found that the directions are overly wordy causing them to be complicated more than needed. Also, there are so many variations of game play offered throughout the directions that it complicates things further. It would be better if they would have 1 set of easy to follow directions, followed by subsections that offer variations of game play. I don't see the riddle cards as being a needed component of the game, and they would be best served as their own game at some point. With all of that said, it is a fun game that we will continue to play to polish up on our multiplication and division facts.
Black vs. White
Sunya Publishing asked the Crew for their opinion on color photos vs. black and white. I prefer color in the main rules sections, and perhaps black and white for any amended or variation sections. Best of both worlds that way!
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