Question Quest

Question Quest

by Kevin R Burns
(Kanagawa, Japan)

Question Quest Card Game Review

Designers: Sean Anderson, Patrick Reynolds
Illustrator: Alice Caroll
Publisher: Quest Maker Media
Available through R.I.C. Publications
# of Players 2-6 (probably works best with 4-6)
Ages: 12 and up (students must be able to read pretty well)
Category: Card Game and an optional Photocopiable Resource Book (recommended)
Playing time: flexible (in my opinion)
Rules: Comes with rules in both English and Japanese

Question Quest at a University

I took Question Quest to a university I teach at recently, and I had to ask for the Photocopiable resource book back from a fellow teacher. He was clearly enthralled with it, and wanted to photocopy some of the imaginative activities in it.

He and I have a once a semester game day, where we mix classes and play boardgames which use English. These range from Speaker Friendly and Rock Talk, (sadly out of print for many years now) to Monopoly, the Game of Life and more. Students get a thrill when they realize they can play a game in English. Plus I have always felt we are much more than English teachers. We are giving our students a chance to make friends, and grow up to be young adults. This kind of interaction, that takes place around a game board, is valuable for them, especially for the shy students of the classes.

We put students in groups and had one group for Question Quest. Sadly, they didn`t want to play it. They asked me twice if they could play the Game of Life, so I reluctantly acceded to their request the second time they had asked. I had explained the basic rules of Question Quest and shown them the rules in Japanese, but they clearly were not interested and were drawn to the more famous Game of Life.

This is not an indictment of Question Quest. It is a great game. I recommend it
if you teach at an English school (eikaiwa school), or teach advanced students at a Japanese university.

Question Quest at an English School

The students at Kevin`s English School (my own), enjoyed the game. I occasionally do and activity where I have groups of students learn, then teach and run a game for another group of students. This is a great activity. A lot of English is learned and spoken, and a lot of fun and smiles can be seen all around.

Question Quest was one of the games we used this time, along with Word Up (which is another great game for English classes). The students and I were impressed with the beautiful artwork on the cards. Alice Carroll is truly a talent! The cards are
in kind of an anime/manga style which draws young people and even older adults in.

The game play is simple. In a nutshell you take and play cards, and ask other players questions. If their answer is correct, they get the points on the card. There are various special cards, which allow you to do things like, answer a question instead of the player being asked and things like that, that add some nice chrome to an otherwise simple game.

In my opinion, many of the best games are simple, yet elegant. Question Quest is one of them. If you have some students who enjoy English this game will work well
In those classes. Even unmotivated students, may be drawn in by the beautiful manga art, and simple yet fun game play.

Would I recommend Question Quest to a fellow teacher? Indeed I would!

Not a game person? Couldn`t play a game if you were threatened with having to eat natto!? Then the photocopiable resource book by itself is worth it. It is full of interesting activities you can do in any eikaiwa school or at universities in Japan. I recommend getting both, as the book expands upon the card game. But it stands on its` own.

If you want to order Question Quest you can do it from R.I.C. Publications.

More on Question Quest at Boardgames Geek.

About kintaro63

Writer and teacher in Japan
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