Tri-Cross by Games for Competitors {review}

Our family game nights have gotten a little more exciting and challenging with the addition of the board game Tri-Cross which takes strategic and critical thinking, and problem solving to a higher level and all along the way creates game-play that is entertaining and fun.

Tri-Cross is a game that has been in the making for more than 25 years and it was not until 2007 that it made its return to the market where new strategy was not only applied to the rules of the game, but also to the way the game was marketed. Since its return, Tri-Cross has become a family affair and has made Games for Competitors, the creators of Tri-Cross, an award winning and successful family business that includes Glenn Burns and his three sons, Brian, Greg, and Jeff.

The desire of Games for Competitors is to create board games that are quality and “fun, challenging, and competitive” for all ages to play. Working with the Atlanta community where the company is based, it has been involved in promoting a love of learning and making strides in educating people about creating a healthier future of sustainability through a partnership with Captain Planet Foundation to which they donate 10% of each sale of their eco-friendly travel edition of their game as well as work with philanthropic organizations.

We had the opportunity to review the standard board edition and the eco-friendly travel edition of the game both which come well packaged, but I have to “give props” to the travel version because of the care that is given to the packaging that includes both an organic cotton cloth board and drawstring bag printed with non-toxic, soy-based ink. Even the game pieces have been tested and are made according to eco-friendly standards.

Although the box states that Tri-Cross is for players 10 to adult, it is recommended for ages 7 to adult with a minimum of two players and up to four. With a tag line of “Can you outsmart, outwit, and outplay your opponent?,” the object of the game is quite simple (if you put your critical thinking cap on) and all you have to do is “occupy the center of the board, the Tri-Cross square, with any of your pieces for four turns in a row OR jump and remove all of your opponents pieces. Simple? Yeah, right, but in a good way because it makes you think.

There are two versions of the game; Face-up and Standard. Face-up is for two players and the Standard version is for two to four players. Both versions are played the same with the differences being in the way the board is set up at the beginning of play, the color of pieces that are used, and how they are revealed. The object of the game also remains the same.

I was going to explain to you how to play the game, but I think this video will do a better job and provide a visual which always makes understanding better for me:

Okay. I have to admit that I had to get out of my simple game playing mind and start thinking like a competitor. One, because River always plays to win and two because this is not a game for a lazy player. You have to think which every once in a while is not a bad thing. Playing the game reminds me of chess (I haven’t taught them how to play yet.) or checkers which River and Lily play quite well.

Because of that, they were easily able to grasps the concept and object of the game, but they were definitely challenged. The directions were kept close at hand as a reminder of the “power of the pieces” – which pieces are able to jump which pieces.

They played the beginning version of the game which is shown in the video above and through pratice will be able to eventually move to the advanced version when their skills improve. By having more than one level of the game, this enables people of various ages and skill levels to be able to play and enjoy this game together.

I like games that make you think a little more than the average game where you roll the dice and move the required spaces. My children do critical thinking exercises everyday because I think their ability to process information is important. It may also be motivated by the fact that many of the achievement tests they will later be required to take for college entrance and scholarship monies are based on critical thinking, an area where many students do not perform as well due to the lack of study in this area.

I also like the pricing on this game which is affordable and about what you would pay for a game that may not challenge the players as much as well as actually help them learn a skill (critical thinking). The environmental effort of Games for Competitors is something I really appreciate. It would be so easy to just make a really cool game, but Games for Competitors is not only doing that but also working towards educating the public and fellow game manufacturers on the issue of healthier living and sustainability. I totally support that!


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Tri-Cross is available online starting at $19.95 for the eco-friendly edition and regularly priced at $24.95 for the standard edition. There is a wood edition of this game that is available for $35.95. You can also purchase it at a retail game store near you, but pricing may vary from that online.

You can read more reviews of this item by fellow crew members on The Homeschool Crew Blog.

The product featured in this review was provided to me free of cost by the manufacturer or representing PR agency as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. The opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation.
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4 Responses to “Tri-Cross by Games for Competitors {review}”

  • Comment from Tajuana

    Stopping by from the crew. We love playing this game too!
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  • Comment from LisaRose

    Thanks Jennifer, We love playing games too and with the price of some of them these days it is hard to know where to invest your money. On a couple of occasions I have been very disappointed in a game that really didn’t challenge the children (or we adults). We’ll definitely be adding this to our list. Cheers, Lisa PS – The favourite in our house for the past 12 months has been Kid-cala (Mancala)

  • Comment from Tiffany

    We need some new games for our family nights. I am not sure if this game will be a match for my family at this time because two of my boys are so young. But this post is a reminder for me to pick up a few games before our next family night.
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  • Comment from Jennifer

    What a nice “quick connect” box. This is the first time I’ve seen something like that in a review.
    My 7 year old son enjoys this game, too.
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