Let's Jet is a geography class cleverly disguised as
a board game. Aimed at ages eight and up, the game is for two to
five players; it takes about 30 minutes to finish a round of the
basic game, although the time seems to fly (no pun intended) when
you're having fun.
The heavy-duty playing surface snaps together easily like a chunky
two-piece puzzle. The picture on the board is a flat map with dots
designating 90 cities in 62 countries. The game pieces are jets
in a variety of colors, and the other components include color-coded
scoring chips, rulers, three different types of cards, a country
fact sheet, and the rules booklet.
There are two levels of play, basic and advanced. In the basic
game, the object is to collect 10 points before anyone else. To
earn a point, you must move your jet onto a city designated by
a card in your hand or on one of the public cards lying on the
map. Your jet is allowed two jumps, measurable by the handy dandy
distance ruler. There is a certain amount of strategy that can
be applied and lots of looking and figuring out where to find certain
cities on the map. The travel cards also show a simplified map
with a dot showing where to find the city.
The advanced game throws in additional facts and circumstances
that can delay or hasten your ETA. For instance, you may draw a
weather or event card that impacts your travel conditions. Conversely,
you may find that you gather a point you weren't expecting just
because you stopped in a city on another player's card. There is
also a way to earn a bonus by collecting three cards of the same
color. The player who reaches 12 points first is the winner.
This product can be used to complement or introduce a study of
world geography. It can be used as an official part of the school
day or as a special treat, depending on how you would like to use
it. Let's Jet might also find its place in a history
lesson or a Bible study or as a kickoff to a world literature class.
It could also be used a review tool.
Pros: Our family loves to play games -- to which our
family room shelves can attest! By using Let's Jet and
the other geography games we've collected, our kids are getting
a memorable world geography education just by sitting around the
table with their siblings and parents. They have also pulled the
game out on their own and played among themselves. It's great to
hear them say something like, "Hey, there's Tripoli. We just learned
about pirates in Tripoli in our history class." Ah . . . fun, multi-purpose,
hands-on learning. What could be better?
Cons: The limit of five players is tough in our home
of six. Either someone has to sit out a round or two of us have
to pair up. It's not a huge obstacle, but that's the only drawback
that we've encountered.
We are pleased to add Let's Jet to our list (and pile)
of favorite board games. Whether it's just a few of us or the whole
crew, playing this game is a wise investment in family time and
school time . . . just don't tell the kids!