La Route des Epices
With gold and silver in your chests, and enough barrels for the entire crew, board your ship and go on an adventure across the world! During this strategic and olfactory game, called Spice Route, you will need to be the first player that comes home safely with spices that you will have thoroughly selected thanks to your sense of smell.
Become a boat captain and set out to discover new territories and take part in the spice trade, as shipowners of the various East Indies companies did in the 17th and 18th centuries. Relive these adventures by learning how to recognise spice aromas, how to buy them at a good price and resell them with a profit across the world before quickly, and safely, returning to Europe.
This tactical game will help you understand the workings of trade, the adventures and the dangers of life at sea all the while discovering 16 wonderful spice smells that served for food and medicine!
Smells presented in the game
100 % natural smells: Cumin essential oil, Star Anise, Citronella, Coconut, Coffee beans, Vanilla, Nutmeg, Coriander, Ginger, Oregano, Cardamom, Clove, Cinnamon.
Aromatic compositions: Curry, Pepper, Tea.
Made in France smells
Our smells are all formulated and created by Veronique Debroise, our founder and CEO that used to be a perfume maker. The smells are then manufactured in our factory located in Saint-Arnoult-en-Yvelines, near Paris in France.
This game is actually 100% manufactured in France.
Our Tips & Tricks
Our smell capsules are guaranteed for a minimum of 2 years, but can last for much longer if you close them after each use with the right cap. Keep this game far from a heat source.
Somebody that is not used to using their nose may find that olfactory recognition can be hard. However, we guarantee you that with a little training, it will become very easy!
Our first tip is to try and categorise the smell: is it sugary? salty? fruity? flowery? Woody? etc.
Our second tip is to try and remember what that smell makes you think of. Actually, our sense of smell is the one that is the most linked to our memory! A simple smell can make you think of a season (strawberries in summer), a person (grandma’s lemon smell), a favourite dish (curry), a yogurt flavour, a cream fragrance, a place, etc. Making this link will automatically help to put a name on the smell you are trying to recognise.
Also, smells are like colours. For example, there are as many shades of green as there are apple smells! A green apple does not exactly smell like a red apple, that smells differently from apple sauce or apple pie! The smells presented in our games are therefore one of the many available versions of smells that you can find around you.
Recognising smells will become a true Memory game, using all your souvenirs as a reference palette.
- 1 game board
- 64 gold coins
- 5 boat pawns
- 66 cards
- 16 smell capsules
- 72 spice bails
- 9 small barrels
- Box, board and pawns made of more than 80% recycled cardboard
- Tray made of 70% recycled plastic