Discovery Kids presents the T-Rexcavator game. Your family is a team of archeologists and you’ve just discovered the skeleton of a T-Rex. Now, you must carefully remove each bone from the dig site without waking the T-Rex and making him roar. The game is simple in design but more challenging than you might expect. The T-Rexcavator is available from the Discovery Channel Store and Amazon online. Barnes and Noble also lists it online but you will want to verify availability at your local Barnes and Noble store in White Marsh, Bel Air or a store near you before you head out to shop.
What’s in the Box
- 1 Electronic excavation site (the game board dimensions 15″ x 10″ x 1.5″)
- 12 Excavation game pieces (T-Rex bones and egg)
- 36 Dinosaur Trivia cards
- 12 Bone Excavation cards
- 1 Excavation tool (specially designed tweezers)
Before you get started, you’ll need to insert 2 AA batteries in the battery compartment. This requires a small straight edge or Philips screwdriver. Either will work. The screw always stays attached to the battery cover when it has been unscrewed to open the compartment. Nothing spoils the fun faster than having to search for a tiny lost screw so this is a Plus.
T-Rexcavator is similar in design to the old Operation game with some twists that will add some new fun to family game night. The game board is an archeological dig site. The ‘find’ is the skeleton of a T-Rex. 12 bones are visible in different areas of the skeleton. An excavation tool connected by a wire is provided to lift the bones out of the dig site. Your mission is to excavate the most bones to win the game. It’s a lot more challenging than you might think. Around each of the 12 bones is a sensor strip. If you touch that strip in your attempt to extract a bone, the T-Rex will awaken and ROAR loudly and end your turn. This will, of course, endlessly delight your kids especially if mom or dad is the one to make the dinosaur roar.
Game play begins with a player answering a question from one of the Trivia Cards. If the answer is correct, the player then draws a card from the Bone Excavation Card pile. That card will instruct the player to remove a particular bone from the dig site. The player will use the excavation tool to carefully extract the desired bone without making the T-Rex roar. If successful, he keeps the bone in his bone pile. If the T-Rex roars, the bone is returned to the excavation site and it’s the next player’s turn. If the Trivia answer is incorrect, that Trivia card goes to the bottom of the pile and it’s the next player’s turn. The game continues until all the bones and a dinosaur egg have been removed from the dig site. The player with the most bones in his pile at the end of the game wins.
The game is recommended for 2-4 players but a single player will find it challenging to remove all the bones as quickly as possible and then try to beat their best time. Because of the small parts, the T-Rexcavator is not recommended for children under the age of 3 years.
When I was a kid, every Sunday night was family game night. We would clear away the dinner dishes and pick a game to play until bedtime. I think the T-Rexcavator would have been a hit. The game regularly lists for $19.95. You can find the game at:
The Discovery Channel Store and Amazon have the T-Rexcavator regularly priced at $19.95 but it’s currently at a Cyber Monday special price of only $14.96.
Barnes and Noble lists the game online for $21.95 but they offer free shipping on orders of $25 or more and when you purchase $10 or more of eligible toys and games, you’ll get $5 off your total purchase. Simply look for the “$5 Off Your Purchase of $10 or More” icon to identify eligible toys and games on BN.com. This offer is only good for one use on November 28 and 29th 2011.
As I was researching prices for the T-Rexcavator at various stores a couple of days ago, Barnes and Noble had the T-Rexcavator listed at around $15. Perhaps there was some other reason for the price increase, but it appears to the casual observer, that the price was increased to offset the $5 discount on game purchases for Cyber Monday. It’s some food for thought anyway.