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Collaborative party games can be hit and miss, often not because of anything in the game but because of the people who have been invited to the party itself. It would be hard to believe that anyone wouldn’t happily dive in to the foamblock- building fun of Mental Blocks.

It’s a game of understanding one another’s point of view. Each player taking a secret perspective card and then using the colourful but tastefully designed foam blocks, (cuboids and triangles of varying sizes) to build the 3D form from their perspective against the clock. But of course, it depends how you look at it. Your collaborators have their own perspective on the 3D object you are building so communication is the key. Often a round will start with someone wildly building their view and others no-nonoing their way through it. You’ll soon get to know how your group likes to see things, for good or ill.

The game has a nice difficulty curve, taking you from ‘family’ to ‘challenge’ progressively. It also comes with a number of rules modifiers, like “you cannot directly touch any white blocks” which can be randomly dealt out to add further roadblocks to proceedings.

The game expands up to nine players and includes a “traitor” mode when there are a good number of builders at the table. This mode allows for one player to attempt to ruin the game by convincing the others their moves are wrong. Naturally, this mode can be won by the rest of the table correctly voting out the traitor.

This is foam block fun at its best. A collaborative game on the theme of having a well-structured argument with loved ones that delivers exactly the kind of interaction you’d hope.


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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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