When we heard about the new board game Chaotic Connections, we knew that it was a must play for our weekly Family Game Night! We each have a job when opening a game for the first time – I punch out the game pieces while my husband reads and explains the instructions to us, my big guy examines the board and my little guy is in charge of assigning player colors.
The Chaotic Connections board is a large map of the United States. The game takes players on a chaotic cross-country road trip without leaving the kitchen table. Each player is dealt four cities on the map and attempts to connect the roads to the cities as quickly as possible and the first player to connect all four wins. It sounds easy but there are road blocks, detours, extra cities added to your route and other obstacles along the way. And as the common saying goes, “Just when you think you or someone else won the game, another person comes along and steals it away!”
The giggles started as soon as we drew the first Chaos Card. My son thought that it would be great to give his Dad Miami when most of his other cities were on the West Coast. There are Curve Cards that must be used immediately – some those were real doozies, dramatically changing the course of the game. We all liked the cartoon man that was on the Chaos Cards. He made you smile, even if he was directing you into a more chaotic situation.
Chaotic Connections made me think of the movie “Vacation.” All of the mishaps that happened to the Griswold family seemed quite similar as we encountered detours and road blocks.
From a mom perspective, I loved that there were rubber bands and resealable bags in the box, making for an easy and organized clean-up.
Chaotic Connections can be played with two to six players and is recommended for kids ages 9 and up (and makes a great holiday gift!). The journey from point “A” to point “B” will never be the same!