Thrift Treasure: Traverse

Thrift Treasure: Traverse

While we’re on the subject of 90’s-era puzzles and games, this week we found another winner at our local Goodwill. This version of Traverse was issued in 2007 by Educational Insights, but was celebrating 20 years of the game being in existence. The earliest records of this game show it being issued by Unicef in 1991, so I can only surmise that it was originally designed in the late 80’s and wasn’t formally published until years later.

Another 90's era classic, Traverse by Educational Insights was not only a Games 100 winner, but also a Mensa Select National Competition Winner! - SahmReviews.com

Billed as “Checkers Gone Wild”, Traverse is a 4-player take on the classic game of Checkers with some Chess and Chinese Checkers thrown in for good measure. Each player is given four pairs of pawns which they can arrange in their start area in any order they choose.

Another 90's era classic, Traverse by Educational Insights was not only a Games 100 winner, but also a Mensa Select National Competition Winner! - SahmReviews.com

Like Chess, each piece has a certain type of movement they can perform. So you don’t have to memorize movements from yet another game, a movement key is printed in each player’s home area for easy reference.

Another 90's era classic, Traverse by Educational Insights was not only a Games 100 winner, but also a Mensa Select National Competition Winner! - SahmReviews.com

On your turn, you can perform one of two actions. Either move a pawn one space in the piece’s allowed direction or jump other pieces (including your own), again only in the correct direction. You can string together jumps and perform it in multiple directions on the same turn as long as the jumps are continuous and follow the listed movements. And taking a cue from Chinese Checkers, jumped pieces are not removed from the board.

Another 90's era classic, Traverse by Educational Insights was not only a Games 100 winner, but also a Mensa Select National Competition Winner! - SahmReviews.com

If you find it easy to plan your movements ahead in Chess or Checkers, the addition of two additional players makes those traditional tactics outdated. By the time your turn comes around, it is pretty much a sure thing that the board layout has changed and you must formulate another strategy.

Another 90's era classic, Traverse by Educational Insights was not only a Games 100 winner, but also a Mensa Select National Competition Winner! - SahmReviews.com

Your goal is to be the first to get all of their pieces to the opposite side of the board in any order. Only by taking advantage of every jumping opportunity will you be able to beat your opponents to your goal.

According to the box, the game is rated for ages 7+. In our opinion, while it would be easily played by children that age, there is a deeper strategy that will be missed by them. Traverse is a very challenging abstract title and we can see why Mensa bestowed one of their annual awards on it.

New copies are still available on Amazon for around $30 and on eBay for about half of that. If you like this type of family-oriented game, be sure to check out Educational Insight’s website for a number of other great game ideas! I’m sure you’ll recognize quite a few familiar titles!

Scott

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A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as SahmReviews.com, GiftCardCollector.com and a number of other online properties. He also is an occasional writer and full-time board game fanatic.

16 comments on «Thrift Treasure: Traverse»

  1. My kids would love this game! It’s a really great thinking game for all the kids

  2. That looks like a great game of strategy! I have not heard of this game before, sounds like fun!

  3. Nuno Santos says:

    My favorite kind of posts. Really enjoy the discovery of this games.

  4. Dave Racette says:

    Always wanted to see if I could get my 6 year old into Chess. This might be a good start.

  5. Jamie says:

    Looks really fun!

  6. I have never heard of this. This looks like a fun game!

  7. Scarlet says:

    We have this game and we love it!

  8. This game looks like great fun! I love the colorful design! I have heard of it before but never played.

  9. Rosey says:

    This is the kind of game my son and I like to play together. I like the pretty colors on this one too.

  10. Oh wow what a fun sounding game! With the holidays coming up this could be a great gift idea!

  11. Traverse sounds amazingly complicated – but utterly fascinating. I’m quite keen to have a go. I’m happy to see that children can play it – mine will probably be better than me.

  12. Allie D. says:

    This looks like a colorful, fun game. I think it would be a great game to play with my husband and daughter.

  13. I love games where you have to jump pawns like checkers or this one! I will have to check it out on Amazon.

  14. I like strategy games the best. I bet this would be a game that I would like but my son is better at planning a head than I am so that might make it hard.

  15. Aubrey says:

    This looks like a very interesting game. I love playing new games.

  16. Nikki says:

    This game looks like a lot of fun!

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