Parents' Guide to

Endgame: Syria

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Political events play out in one-sided, provocative game.

Game Windows 2013
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Endgame: Syria isn't fun so much as it is informative. There are a few too many numerical card statistics to try to understand and keep track of, especially for a game that lasts under half an hour from beginning to end. Plus, it's often difficult to discern why some events and changes in support happen.

However, the game achieves its objective of giving players a better understanding of what the Syrian rebels are up against. Each turn, players read descriptions of cards and events that inform them of the ways in which Syrian rebels achieve and lose support, such as satellite intelligence and diplomatic maneuvers, as well as how regime and rebel forces stack up against each other. And with multiple possible outcomes -- many of them less than optimal -- players will come to understand what's at stake in this conflict.

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