Is that REALLY a game - or are you trying to sell me something?
Suzanne Delafontaine
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In browsing the abundant number of games on BGG I have come across a number of items that I find remarkably surprising: specifically games that barely qualify as games. More to the point, games that were designed only to sell something else and lacked any real creative thought or input. Now, as far as I'm concerned, a game is a game and I applaud every addition to this site. But seriously?
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1. Board Game: Count Chocula: Who Did It? [Average Rating:10.00 Unranked]
Suzanne Delafontaine
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This is a cereal box. Yes there is a game on it - but it is still A CEREAL BOX! I know cereal companies are too stinking cheap to put prizes in the boxes anymore but this is just wrong.
 
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2. Board Game: Gregory Horror Show [Average Rating:4.83 Overall Rank:14792]
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Sadly, I own this one. It looked fun. I had no idea it was really an animated series. I only found out after. Still haven't seen the series and I don't like the game. It's up for trade - any takers?
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3. Board Game: Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh [Average Rating:1.00 Unranked]
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When a game is designed by an advertising agency, you know it's just wrong. Great collectible if you're into the film series sure, but is it really a game? Or just a glorified ad?
 
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4. Board Game: Sudoku [Average Rating:4.75 Overall Rank:14814] [Average Rating:4.75 Unranked]
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This was designed to sell Tylenol.
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5. Board Game: Cashflow 101 [Average Rating:5.09 Overall Rank:15170]
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This one is more a educational tool than a game, from what I hear. And based on the price it typically runs for, it almost seems more pyramid-scheme than anything else (though not having played it, I can't say for sure).
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6. Board Game: The Algae Eater [Average Rating:1.00 Unranked]
Don Weed
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This is the worst example of this that I've seen. An entire revamp of parchesi with the sole purpose of getting you to ingest blue green algae tablets.

I'll have to submit some pictures for this eventually.

The object of the game is to be the first player to get all your game pieces into the mouth, down to the Stomach, around the body and to the Finish Area (on the person's shoulder?). As you are playing, the Energy Cards will teach you about Klamath Lake Blue Green Algae.

The playing pieces are in the shape of medicine bottles.
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7. Board Game: Spices of the World [Average Rating:4.68 Overall Rank:14507]
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8. Board Game: Antiques Roadshow: The Game [Average Rating:4.09 Overall Rank:14769]
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Truly just a ploy to promote the show.

Agony in a box.
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9. Board Game: Slime Monster Game [Average Rating:5.40 Unranked]
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Hmm. Based on the photograph, I'm thinking the true purpose of this game was to sell some sort of drug to children. Ritalin maybe? What could possibly be in that slime to get those kids so excited?goo
 
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10. Board Game: The Witcher [Average Rating:5.19 Overall Rank:13504]
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Okay this one sounds like a really bad ad idea to me: they created this game for promotional purposes to hype a computer game - but the only way to get it is to buy the computer game. Huh?
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11. Board Game: That 70's Show Spin the Bottle Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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