Objective of It’s A Small World
The objective of It’s A Small World is to add more cards to your scoring tray than the other team by finding matching characters.
Setup for It’s A Small World Board Game
- Unfold the game board and place it in the middle of the table.
- Insert the four rotating bases underneath the board so they fit in their holes.
- Place one Scene board into each of the rotating bases. It doesn’t matter what Scene board you place into each rotating base. Position each of the Scene boards so they are diagonal between two of the rooms.
- Insert the Clock Tower into the slot in the back of the card tray. You will turn the wheel on the tower until 1 is showing.
- Shuffle the cards and place them in the draw tray.
- Insert the flag tile into the back of each score tray.
- Place a flag sail into each matching boat.
- The players will divide into two teams. Each team takes a boat and a card holder. If you want to play a cooperative game, all of the players will use the same boat. They will need to score 20 cards before the game ends.
- Place one boat on each of the gray start spaces.
- Each team draws four cards and places them in their card holder so they can see what is on each card. If you end up drawing a Clock Tower card, return it to the draw tray and draw another card.
- The team with the smallest player starts the game.
Playing It’s A Small World Board Game
You will begin each of your turns moving your team’s boat one space in the direction that the arrows are pointing.
Next you will draw a number of cards corresponding to the symbols printed on the space that you moved your boat to. You will add the cards to your card holder. Depending on what cards you draw, you may need to take a special action. See the corresponding It’s A Small World Cards section below for more details.
At this point you will look at the Picture cards in your card tray and compare them to the four scenes visible in the room that your boat is currently in. If any of your Picture cards match one of the scenes in your current room, you will add them to your score tray. You can score multiple Picture cards on your turn.
After you are done looking for matches your turn ends. The other team then takes their turn.
It’s A Small World Cards
There are three different types of cards in the It’s A Small World board game. Each card type has a different effect on the game.
When you draw a Picture card you will try to find the corresponding picture in the room that your boat is currently on. Whenever you spot the picture in your current room, you will add the card to your score tray.
Clock Tower Card
When you draw a Clock Tower card, you will show the other team. You will then turn the Clock Tower wheel clockwise until the next number is visible.
You will then add the Clock Tower card to your score tray.
Flip the Scenes
When you draw a Flip the Scenes card you can choose to use the card right away, or play it at any time on the current turn or a future turn. Before you play a Flip the Scenes card, you can look what is on the other side of each of the Scene boards.
When you choose to use the card you will turn a number of Scene boards equal to the number of symbols printed on the card. This could either be one, two or all four Scene boards. You will choose which Scene boards you want to flip to the opposite side.
After you use the Flip the Scenes card, you will add it to your score tray.
End of Game
The game ends when the number 6 is visible on the Clock Tower. The current team finishes their turn.
If you want a shorter game, you can end it when the number 5 is visible. For a longer game you can play until number 7.
Each team counts up how many cards they added to their score tray. This includes Clock Tower, Flip the Scenes and Picture cards. The team that collected the most cards wins the game.
If there is a tie, the tied team with more Clock Tower cards wins the game. Should there still be a tie, the tied players share the win.
It’s A Small World Board Game FAQs
If you have any questions about how to play It’s A Small World, leave a comment below on this post. I will try to answer any questions asked as best and as quickly as possible.
- Game Board
- Clock Tower
- Card Tray
- 4 Scene Boards
- 4 Rotating Bases
- 2 Boats
- 2 Flag Sails
- 2 Flag Tiles
- 2 Card Holders
- 100 Cards
Year: 2021 | Publisher: Funko Games | Designer: Funko Games
Genres: Children’s, Matching
Ages: 4+ | Number of Players: 2-6 | Length of Game: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Light | Strategy: Light | Luck: Moderate-High
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