I somehow doubt anyone else will review this game, so here goes. To put this review in context, most of my friends are non-gamers. When I bring games to (non-game night) parties, I bring games like Ticket to Ride: Europe, Carcassonne, and Coloretto. When (and if) they bring games to parties, they bring Cranium, Taboo, or Dirty Minds: The Game of Naughty Clues. (Or borrow my copy of Apples to Apples, but I digress...) While I have only played once, I believe this is enough to judge the game for BGGers and non-gamers.
The game comes with a board:
(Courtesy of Martin Ralya)
4 books of questions and a deck of cards:
(Also courtesy of Martin Ralya)
Oh, and 4 small pawns of different colors and 2 standard dice that look they came from Generic Game Components 'R Us, plus 4 half-length pencils.
The board is a little thin but otherwise just fine, and it doesn't look boring. The cards look like they came in die cut sheets, so they still have those bits. You know, those extra bits? The stuff that keeps hanging chads hanging and makes grognards clip their counters? The cards also feel thin and don't have a strong durable coat, but they should last as they won't see heavy handling.
Look, I'm not a bits man. This game isn't Days of Wonder or Fantasy Flight, but they're not bad.
By the book: This is how to play the game as stated in the rules. At the start of their turn, the player throws a dice and moves that many spaces. Yes, it's roll-and-move, but there's nothing wrong with that because how far or where you are on the board mean little. A die with "Dirty Minds," "Lose a Turn," etc. probably could have done the same job.
In addition to usual suspects like Draw/Lose a card, Roll again, Lose a turn, etc., there are a number of spaces where you are asked 1 of 2 types of riddles:
Dirty Minds: First, the player draws 1 card as a bonus. These riddles contain a series of 3 clues, and the goal is to guess the object the clues refer to. What gives the game its name is that each clue is a double entendre with one of the interpretations being sexual or dirty in nature. For instance:
1. The hotter I am, the harder I get.
2. I can only get laid once.
3. The argument is whether I came first.
The answer is at the end of the review. If a player answers correctly after 1 clue, she draws 3 additional cards. After 2 clues, 2 cards. After 3 clues, 1 card.
The rules do not say if players are limited to one guess between clues, which we thought was an odd omission. Instead, each wrong answer losses a card, though the active player gets one free guess. Other players are only allowed to guess if the active player passes.
Dirty Deeds: This category was added in the Deluxe edition. They are much like Dirty Minds, except they are one long clue in paragraph form. Generally, these are easier as you hear the entire clue so a correct answer earns only 1 card, but guessing still carries the same penalty. It probably would have been more interesting had these been a toss-up question going to whomever solved it first (but also risking losing a card with an incorrect guess), but instead it's a watered down version of Dirty Minds.
Note that you can probably only do each question once, though the game has about 300, so that will be a while. The riddles are split up into 4 books so that you do not accidentally read a question you'll be asked later. This does limit the game to 4 players or teams.
Victory: As you probably guessed by the picture of the cards, the goal of the game is to spell out DIRTY. The deck of cards has the letters D, I, R, T, and Y, as well as typical special cards like wild, draw 2, lose 1 type cards. Thus, it's possible to never get that last card you need or get your last 2 or 3 from a lucky Draw 2.
If it's not already obvious, the primary (only?) draw of the game are the riddles. Personally, I think they are clever, and almost always it takes the 2nd or 3rd clue before I get it, if then. They are highly suggestive without straying into vulgar or tasteless. After all, they describe pretty mundane items, and it's your fault if you put the wrong spin on them. Understand this is subjective, and you might not be breaking this out to play with your maiden aunt. And that brings up another point: much like enjoying a movie and other activities, it's okay by yourself, but it's much better with a group of people who are also getting into it.
That said, let me explain how the game can get in the way of that: people who really want to win will really mull over each clue before deciding what to guess. Heck, they'll probably weigh whether or not to guess (only one free guess) or pass and let others take a shot. There is no timer or race in this game to promote responding quickly, besides other players telling you to hurry up. In the one game I played, we spent an hour and a half to do 6 questions, I kid you not. This was an exceptional case as we were playing with teams, so they were consulting each other on everything, but you get the idea. As this game depends on the cleverly worded clues, a lot of that 1.5 hours was dead time to 3/4ths of the group.
Furthermore, whoever wins didn't necessarily answer the most questions (or the fastest); rather, it's just as likely to have been lucky card draws or die rolls.
So how should you play this game? Bring it out for a party, not a game night. Sit a good number of people around in a circle, distribute the books among you, and leave everything else in the box. Though I don't personally drink, alcohol may help. Take turns reading riddles, one clue at a time. Anyone can guess. Read the next clue after the laughter has died down and its apparent no one's got it. Rinse and repeat, but stop before it goes stale.
If you and your friends think this is funny:
1. I get laid in the alley.
2. I often end up in the middle of your split.
3. When your fingers slip inside me, I'm ready to go.
Then you'll probably like Deluxe Dirty Minds. The game itself isn't that good: winning may depend as much on luck as skill, and there can be downtime problems. Enjoy it for racy riddles.
(The answers to the riddles are "egg" and "bowling ball," respectively. These were taken from the back of the box to avoid spoiling the riddles that come with the game.)
Got two game tables and a microphone
Dirty, naughty egg...
Dirty, naughty egg...
She is a naughty person and must pay the penalty.