Designer: Ignacio Sanchez Usera
Artist: Jonathan Aucomte
Length: 20 mins
Times Played: 5 on a review copy
What if Pictionary, but no teams, you only get 30 seconds, and you can only draw 15 straight lines?
- OMG, the timer starts as soon as I draw my word card?
- Should I do the easier word for one point, or the harder one for two?
- How in the heck am I going to draw a lizard with only straight lines?
- And only 15 of them?
- I have to count the lines out loud as I draw them?
- Is this line straight enough, or is it a little too curved?
- Can everyone see what I am drawing with my hand in the way?
- What, I’m not allowed to draw arrows?
- Oh crap, I am almost out of lines?
- I am allowed to go back and extend my already drawn lines, right?
- Why is everyone yelling words at me that are not at all the thing I am trying to draw?
- Since the game allows answers that are “reasonably close”, should I count “rocket” for “missile”?
- What if the person that said “rocket” is winning, and I don’t want to give them a point?
- Am I overthinking this, since I only have 30 seconds?
- What about all the other “What if Pictionary, but….” games?
- Is this simple variant to a well loved, well trodden party game idea enough to support a whole new game, worthy of purchase?
- What if that simple variant increased the fun by a whole lot?
- What if the word list, barring a few possible translation issues, was really well curated?
- What if the winning condition of 10 points was well chosen to suit the perfect length of a game?
- What if the game worked really well for those who say they cannot draw well by putting a cap on the skills of excellent artists?
- But, what if there is still room for skillful use of those 15 lines?
- What if the game consists of nothing more than some double-sided cards, a pad of blank paper, a sand timer and a golf pencil?
- What if that game came in a metal case-type box, that stacks horribly on your game shelf?
- But, what if the box is not meant to be stacked on your shelf, but was intended to be thrown in your backpack, where the metal box is perfectly suited?
- And, what if every time you bring this game out, it elicits way more fun and laughter than it has any right to?
- So, to ask again, is this non-perfect, but well put together package, full of familiar fun with just enough of a twist to feel fresh, worthy of your time and money?
Ratings from the Opinionated Gamers:
I love it!:
I like it: Luke Hedgren
Not for me:
(BTW, that’s a ham.)