Over the holidays, I picked this one up for a party we were having, knowing that most of the folks coming to the party were products of the 80’s. We figured we could pretty much ace this game, and we were all avid music fans, remembering when MTV played music, and we all spent many an hour watching videos.
1) Board – The board is a fold out type board, loud colors, and is, well, functional. Nothing special. Spaces marked 1-6 lead from the four corners of the board to a center ring that looks like a bulls eye. Each part of the ring is labeled with a task that corresponds to a part of the DVD…name that tune, name the artist, video trivia, and a challenge section.
2) Components- Pieces consist of four small TV sets made of plastic. Again, functional, but not spectacular. The trivia cards feel cheap, low print quality—but once again, like most of the game, they serve their purpose. And finally, the game’s DVD. It plays like a regular DVD, and has 4 sections on the screen. Name the Artist, Name the Song, Video Trivia, and the Challenge section used at the end of the game. It says it uses technology to prevent repeat questions, but we have found repeat questions happen 4 or 5 times per game. I believe it pretty much just picks them at random. We also have a problem telling which question it is going to ask, as the selection on the TV is hard to tell which subject is selected. A little practice in selecting the correct subject, and this wasn’t as issue.
3) Rules – The rules come on a single, 2-sided page. Since the game is pretty simple, it doesn’t require much in the area of rules. The endgame (see below) is somewhat confusing in the rules, but is easy enough to figure out. Because of how the endgame works, it requires at least 3 people or teams to play.
Gameplay consists of being asked a question based on the numbered space (1-6) that your are on. Questions 1-3 are multiple choice, Questions 4-6 are harder “you need to know the answer type.” If you get the question right, you go to the next space. Miss the question, and your turn is over. Many of the “questions” are instructions like “You score tickets to the Loverboy concert, move ahead one space.” Is essence, you can reach the center ring without answering a single question right.
Once you reach the center ring, you have to answer video questions. The first ring is name the artist. You select that option using your DVD remote and hit play. A 25 second clip of an 80’s video will play and you have to name the group. The second ring is name the song, and is played the same as the first ring. The third ring is video trivia. You watch a 25 second clip, and it will ask you a question about something in the video. For example, a Run DMC video played and it asked how many members of the group were on stage. Another example is how many rings were on the lead singer’s fingers. Many of these are fairly tough, you have to pay close attention.
The endgame is where the “game” really seems to fall apart, in that there is no advantage to reaching the center of the board first. The first team to reach the center kicks back and waits for the second team to reach the center. Once two teams reach the center of the board, the endgame begins. Each team bids how fast they can answer a video question correctly. One team may say they can do it in 20 seconds, the other team bids 18, and so on. When one team decides that the time to answer is too low, they say “OK, let’s see you do it in [whatever the bid is] seconds.” The video is played, and the team with the winning bid tries to meet the time they bid. If they get it right, they score one point. Get it wrong or time runs out, and the other team gets a point. First team to get 3 points wins the game. So, it is possible you can reach the center before any other team gets off space one, but lose the game because of the end game scoring.
As a game, hey, there’s not much here. Judging it purely as a game, I would give it a 2. BUT as a social game, watching 1981 Journey in concert, getting a laugh at Boy George with “I Tumble For Ya’”, seeing Prince, and an occasional appearance by punk rockers brings back some great memories. The game seems to be little more than a mechanic to watch the videos, which everyone seems to like doing. I doubt anyone will pull this one out to play with the family, but if you are having a few friends over from the 80s, and can pick this one up cheap, it’s worth a few laughs.
South Sioux City
Fun review! Thanks David!