Horrible Histories Board Game Review

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*THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED* Both myself and my other half are huge fans of history. We absolutely love visiting museums, castles, art galleries and all things historic. Plus we love finding out about the people and places from the past. And as history fans, one of our favourite things as a family is ‘Horrible Histories’. The brilliant award winning Horrible Histories series of books and the children’s TV show of the same name are a great way to learn so much about how humans have lived throughout the ages. With all the gory and unpleasant bits left in. So when we found out that there is a board game out now for the whole family to play, we couldn’t wait to play it too. Here is our Horrible Histories Board Game review.

*Ad – I was sent a Horrible Histories Board Game to review for the purpose of this post. Ultimately though, this review is my honest opinion. For more details see the Disclosure Policy

Horrible Histories Board Game Review And Giveaway


As a family we love to play board games and card games. Without a doubt they are a brilliant activity for the colder darker evenings that are on the way as autumn starts drawing in. And although Elizabeth isn’t quite old enough to play this game just yet, we know that this game will likely be a firm favourite once she starts learning more history at school. It’s a history lesson like no other!

How Is The Game Played?

In short, the object of the game is to go through history from the stone age to the present day. As you play, this fun yet educational board game takes you through the ages of man. Find out about the Rotten Romans, the Measly Middle Ages, the Vile Victorians and Terrifying Tudors!

The game consists of a playing board, 4 playing pieces, 4 colour coded horrible history booklets, 24 Chance cards, 3 dice and a set of rules.

Picture of the Horrible Histories Board Game

Set up of the game is much like most other board games, with dice, playing pieces and start and finish points on the board. But as well as progressing by throwing the dice, there are also colour coded booklets relating to each of the history sections marked upon the board.

The three dice determine how the playing pieces move. Depending on what space you land on, you either

  • take a Horrible Histories Rattus Chance card ( tricky chance cards that may have you missing a turn or advancing a few more spaces)
  • answer multiple choice questions or perform an action from the related colour Horrible Histories booklet, or
  • are allowed to relax!

The first person to make it to the present day and correctly answer a question chosen by the other players wins!

The game can be played with a minimum of two players and a maximum of four, so plenty off scope for whole family fun. And with a set of over 600 colour coded questions you are not likely to play the same game twice. 

What did we think?

We really enjoyed playing the game, and found out some interesting / horrible facts that we’d never heard about before…! For example – did you know that Rock – Paper – Scissors was played by the Celts? Well you do now. I won’t tell you any more facts though, as that will spoil the game! 

Knight Playing Horrible Histories

As you see, we also enjoyed dressing up whilst playing. It’s not necessary, but it did add to the drama!

Where can you buy the fun yet educational Horrible Histories game?

Ours came from Wicked Uncle – find it here for £19.95.

And Now It’s Time For A Giveaway!

Furthermore, you can win your own copy of this brilliant board game, as Wicked Uncle have sent me an extra copy to give away to my readers. For a chance to win, enter using the form below. And good luck!  

a Rafflecopter giveaway


The competition is open to entrants over 18 yrs from the UK only. The winner will be chosen at random after the competition closes – but see the full t&cs below.

Terms and Conditions of Giveaway

  • Giveaway ends at midnight on 3rd October 2021 (00:00 on 4/10/21)
  • There is one prize only – which consists of one copy of Horrible Histories: The Board Game.
  • The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered.  
  • This giveaway is limited to UK entrants aged 18 or over. If you enter from out of the UK, your entry will be deleted.
  • By providing your information, you are providing your information to me and me alone. I do not share or sell information.
  • This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
  • The Winner will be contacted within 72 hours of the giveaway ending. I will contact the winner by email, but may also use direct messaging on Twitter or Instagram. Please note – this messaging will only be from my official account. Indeed, if any other account tries to contact you, do not respond or give any personal details.
  • If no response is received from the Winner within 30 days of being contacted, a subsequent Winner may be selected. 
  • Finally, entry to this prize draw confirms that participants have read, understood and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions. If you have any additional questions, please contact me.

Do you think that you would enjoy Horrible Histories the Board Game?

Good Luck!

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Horrible Histories Board Game Review - we were sent a copy of the Horrible Histories game. See what we thought of this fun yet educational board game based on the award winning Horrible Histories book series and CBBC TV show. Travel through the ages from the Stone Age to the present time, meeting the Rotten Romans, Measly Middle Ages, Terrifying Tudors and Vile Victorians. Avoid Rattus and his tricky chance cards as you play the Horrible Histories game!

81 Replies to “Horrible Histories Board Game Review”

  1. Martina Pichova says:

    I would love to watch how they built the pyramids in Egypt. Also watching building Stonehenge would be amazing.

      1. Lisa Pond says:

        We would go to the 17th century when king James was on the throne

  2. Caz / InvisiblyMe says:

    Hahah that’s no casual dress up either, that’s super effort – I love it!!

    This is a great idea because history is important yet too often made boring & uninspiring, especially for the kids. Horrible Histories is incredibly popular so they’re best placed for something like this, and I really like how they’ve kept everything themed, even the font on the cards. Sounds like an excellent game for all. And a fantastic giveaway too, especially while many are still restricting going out too much because of the pandemic (not to mention with nastier weather on the way again before long).

    Great review, Jo!

    1. Jo Boyne says:

      Thank you Caz. Any excuse for Andrew to get his helmet out!

  3. Jodie Green says:

    I’d go back to the Victorian Era, love the clothes!!!

  4. Susan B says:

    The Roman period – but only if I were a wealthy Roman. Wouldn’t fancy being a servant!

  5. Jo m welsh says:

    I’d go back to the Victorians such an interesting time with so much change happening .

  6. Katie B says:

    Love to go back to victorian times. Mainly just because I love the fashion!

  7. Alix Smith says:

    I would go back to ancient egypt just to see how the pyramids were built!

  8. Laura Johnson says:

    I would go back to Tudor times. Would like to observe the goings on and gossip in Henry VIII’s court!

  9. Annabel Greaves says:

    I would love to visit the 60s, such a classic era


    It would be lovely to revisit the 60s, times were hard but the towns and cities were buzzing and it was great to be able to visit a doctor and even better to be able to ring someone without having to be 20th in the queue.

    1. Margaret Gallagher says:

      Victorian ! Love the dress style and some of their etiquette

  11. Laura Pritchard says:

    The court of Henry VIII as I think it would be exciting!

  12. Haley Kate says:

    I’ve always found Henry v111 a very interesting character! I’d probably want to go back and visit the tudors and witness first hand the creation of the Sirloin steak!

  13. justine meyer says:

    I would loved to have lived through WW2 I have a fascination with it. I would have been one of those ladies with loads of kids and gossiping over the wall to the neighbours

  14. Katrina Adams says:

    I would love to go back to ancient egypt and learn more about their various rituals and beliefs. I would also love to see how they made the Sphinx and Pyramids.

    1. Leila Benhamida says:

      The Egyptian time as will love to see how they build the pyramids.

  15. Jodie Murray says:

    Is it a little sad to say I would only want to go back as far as the 60’s as I would be to scared to go back any further because of possible bad toilets

    Yes I know it is

  16. Ruth Harwood says:

    I’d love to go back to China in the 13-14th centuries to see the Mongols rule! Would love to meet Ghenghis or Kubalai!

  17. Leanne Baker says:

    The 60s as by the sounds of It, it was pretty cool back then

  18. Rachel Butterworth says:

    The Great Exhibition of 1851. To see all of the wonders and ‘new’ inventions.

  19. laura jones says:

    I would love to go back to Victorian times but only if I could be rich and have the servants!

  20. Emma England says:

    I’m obsessed with the Vikings so I would go back to those times.

  21. James says:

    The 50’s so I could actually witness Newcastle United winning something!

  22. Christopher Read says:

    The 1980s, definitely – I would like to revisit the decade I grew up in 🙂 Thanks for running the giveaway

  23. Ali Fanstone says:

    the Egyptions so I could see just how they built the pyramids

  24. Cherry Newby says:

    My 9 year old son said he would go back to the Tudors as he loves studying it at school.

  25. SArah H says:

    I would go back to the sixties and enjoy the music and fashion

  26. PETER WEBB says:

    I would like to go back to 1870’s to meet Vincent Van Gogh andwatch him paint. I think it would be very interesting talking to him.

  27. lorraine says:

    My son loves the ancient Egyptians so he would love to go back and see how the pyramids were built

  28. Troy Easton says:

    The Medieval times so cool to see knight fight each over and horse battles.

  29. Mrs Theresa Thomas says:

    I would love to go back to The victorian era

  30. Victoria Prince says:

    I’d love to go back to the Victorian era – as a child I was always fascinated by Queen Victoria cos she shared my name!

  31. lynn neal says:

    I think I would like to be a Gerogian lady and have a huge dress!

  32. Claire Noke says:

    The Victorian times. I love how they dress and would be fascinated to see how they lived. x

  33. Carly Belsey says:

    I would love to go back to Victorian times but be part of the rich Victorians not the poor!

    1. Angela Thompson says:

      I would go back to the victorian times because i loved the long dresses

  34. katrina walsh says:

    I loved the fashions of the Tudor period so id choose that one

  35. Fiona Foskett says:

    The Roaring Twenties, although I would want to be rich and a proper flapper x

  36. belinda porter says:

    the victorian times to see charles dickens write his epic stories bella97p

  37. Claire Hamilton says:

    I’d like to go back to the 60s for the great music and clothes.

  38. Patricia Barrett says:

    I’d like to spend some time in the Roman days as the era fascinates me.

  39. Kay Broomfield says:

    The Tudor times would be really interesting with the big feasts and the larger than life historic figures of the time.

  40. Charlotte Wilde says:

    The Roman times – i’d love to see the roman baths and lovely houses as they were …. i would want to be a roman not a celt!!

  41. Adrian Bold says:

    I’d really like to revisit the 90s as it was such a great time for music.

  42. Karen Scott says:

    The battle of Hastings 1066, changed the UK as we knew it.

  43. Gill Mitchell says:

    The Tudor times to see what Henry VIII was like!


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