Timeline British History from Esdevium and Asmodee games *Review*

Was William Shakespeare born early enough to enjoy the delights of a cup of tea? And did he wear a top hat? Britains first Prime Minister was surely at a later date, but was that before or after the Great Fire Of London? These are the kind of questions that players face in Timeline British History.

Timeline¬†British History is a card game for 2 or more players with a difference from Esdevium Games in the United Kingdom and Asmodee Games in the United States. Each turn players take it in turns to place one card where they think it goes in the timeline before turning it over to see if they are right, the aim of the game is to be the first player to play all of your cards. The instructions are really clear and the game takes only 5 minutes to learn, the age guide of the game is 8 years +, however, whilst it would be easy for a child of that age to grasp the rules and how to play I’m not sure they’d have the knowledge needed to play successfully and a more appropriate age would probably be 12+.

The game comes packaged in a vintage style tin which contains 110 British History themed cards, the box is well designed and the cards are kept secure but at the same time are easy to remove from the box, thanks to the lovely touch of a lip to enable you to pick the cards up easily. The design doesn’t stop there, the cards are of a really high quality and have a canvas feel to them, the artwork on the cards is lovely too and has an oil painting feel to it.

Officially you need 2 or more players to play timeline, however, I was bored one night and decided to challenge myself to see how many I could get right, and it is okay to do this because with 110 cards it would be very difficult to learn all the dates. There are a variety of timeline games that you can buy along with the British history game and if you’re really looking for a challenge you can add the themes together to make it a little harder. The Timeline sets which are currently available are:

  • Timeline Inventions
  • Timeline Science & Discoveries
  • Timeline Historical Events
  • Timeline General Interest
  • Timeline Music & Cinema
  • Timeline Star Wars I-3 and 4-6
  • Timeline British History Edition

We had a lot of fun playing timeline, and whilst it could be sold as an educational game we thought that it was just a fun game to play.


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