The aim of the game is to try and win the cards by guessing who the characters are from the facts read out from the cards. Players can play the games as a gentle voyage of discovery or a competitive game by choosing easy, hard or quirky facts from each card. Win the cards by guessing correctly who the character is from the facts read out on their cards. The winner is the person with the most cards at the end of the game, just the same as card games like Top Trumps.
Or, if you fancy, you can start by reading, enjoying and absorbing the facts in the History Heroes games – it doesn’t have to be a battle of wits from the get-go!
You can share out all the cards and try to win them from each other by taking it in turns to read out the facts from any of your cards
Or, you can have one master card reader, who reads out the facts for everyone else to guess and win. This way of playing works particularly well if you have a younger child who can read but may not know many facts…to start with. They love being in control of the game; they absorb the information (without realising!) as they read out the facts and they LOVE seeing the adults squirm when they don’t know who the character is – a great, non-pressurised way of introducing them to a lot of cracking, new knowledge
If you have an equal, knowledgeable (and competitive!) group playing, try reading the facts from the bottom of the card upwards, from joker fact and hardest to easiest: the first person to guess correctly, who the character is, wins the card
If you’re all learning to begin with, make it easy and fun for all of you: use the images as clues; read the joker fact to entertain and then read the green facts for clues too
If you have a mixed ability group, let those with knowledge guess from the hardest, red facts. Less knowledgeable players can guess from the image as a clue and the green facts
Scoring Points: Give the different coloured facts different points: 1 for green; 2 for yellow; 3 for red; 5 for the Joker fact. Players can decide what level of fact they want to guess from to try to win points or cards
When you’ve been playing the games for a while and think you know your facts, go completely random and introduce a dice: the facts are numbered from 1-6 so whatever number you throw is the fact you get from which to guess the character
More Ways to Play
Use History Heroes cards to play charades or a memory game – there are many, many ways to ‘skin the History Heroes’ cat! If you’ve ever played card games like Top Trumps, you will find History Heroes easy to start and play.
Let us know how you get on – and we’d love to hear any of your new ways to play History Heroes too! Join us on Facebook and tell us your own ways to play!