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BLOCKBUSTER

BLOCKBUSTER

Party-game purveyor Big Potato savvily taps into the deep well of ’90s nostalgia with a new title that, honestly, is little more than a movie trivia-based team game, but knows how to keep things entertainingly engaging and, above all, well presented.

The box is an old-school VHS cassette box, just like the ones we used to bring home from the local Blockbuster. The board is a representation of a parking lot, complete with mini-Blockbuster signage. the game’s lm genres match those the now-defunct rental chain used to (often arbitrarily) lump their stock in. There is a lot of novelty value on show. But the gameplay offers a bit more depth than you might expect.

After a head-to-head opener, where two opposing team members see who can think of the most films, for example, “with a spy” or “set in the future”, the guessing begins. the winner of the first round draws six cards, each showing a movie title in one of eight genres. They pick three for themselves and pass the other three to the opposing team. Against the timer, each side must try and guess their three titles: one from a single word, one from a single quote and one from a single, charades-style action.

the twist is if your team guesses all three before the 30-second timer buzzer goes off then they have a chance at guessing, and nabbing, the other team’s cards too – the aim being to collect at least one card in all eight genres for the win. At the end of each round, both teams can discard three cards in the same category to steal one of any genre from their opponents, adding some light takethat strategy and helping keep the play time nicely tight.

It all clicks together really well, and you don’t need to have spent years reading Sight & Sound to enjoy it; if you don’t know a quote from the film you’re trying to get your teammates to guess, then just make one up that sounds right. It prioritises having fun over showing off knowledge, minimising the potential for gamespoiling smart-arsery. Oh, and don’t forget to rewind.

DAN JOLIN

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Must Plays and more in our Best Games of 2019 issue of Tabletop Gaming. Over the next 196 pages discover all of the most positively reviewed games of the year. With a massive 181 games reviewed, this is the definitive “what to play next” guide of 2019! Games reviewed include: Wingspan Copenhagen Hellboy: The Board Game Res Arcana Lifeform Century: A New World Megacity: Oceania Pandemic: Fall of Rome Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay: Rough Nights & Hard Days Azul: Stained Glass of Sinatra Tapestry Letter Jam Hako Onna Everdell Battle Ravens Dune + Many more!

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