The Rambly-ish Intro
Because they're beautiful and well-made it's hard to pass up a copy of a Ravensburger game while thrifting. Sadly, many of them are just what they purport to be: children's games. No matter how much beer is consumed, the possible initial chuckly at bringing some "shapes and colors" game to the table is quickly overwhelmed by sighs of boredom from polite groups and calls for you to "get this crap outta their sight before they make you play a solo game of Monopoly in the basement while listening to Celine Dion" from groups like mine. However, Crossed Wires works, and it works well.
The Description of How the Game is Played
Crossed wires is essentially a variable "trace the line" puzzle like you used to do for questional pedagodical purposes in third grade: objects on both sides are linked by lines that iintertwine like a box of Christmas lights dumped out on the foor the day after Thanksgiving. This game goes a step farther and has eight tiles, two of which are rotated every turn, that reroute the paths between the six phones. A roll of the die determines which phone you have to track to the other.
The Description of Why You Should Play the Game
Quick: Even is you have lame-o, potentially threatening friends, this game is over in 15 minutes top.
Energy Boost: Because everybody is racing to find the route first, it is quite a adrenaline booster.
Fun: Yep, it's quite fun. Following the cord an impossibly long distance, after someone has slapped down a card (their answer) 30 seconds ago, feeds the tension of just who is the idiot that can't follow the line between to cords.
Pedagodical Value: Still questionable.
7 though this could go higher if I find that we are breaking it out with regularity between games. Definitely worth picking up while thrifting.
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- Posted Sun May 4, 2008 3:18 pm
I like Ravensburger, too. As a dutchman, they were my childhood game supplier.
Nice review, Frank. Have you ever played Ricochet Robots (kinda similar)?
p.s. Does your flag mean you're no longer in Korea?
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- Posted Sun May 4, 2008 10:41 pm