Suburban Timewaster

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Rite of Passage: Bloodlines Beta Test

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When a reporter visits her childhood friends, she finds herself in the middle of a murder plot.  Can she find out who did it without becoming the killer’s next victim?

The plot is your cliché murder mystery, with a friend of a prestigious family trying to figure out who the murderer is.  Be prepared for some slight spoilers about the game. For starters, one of the servants is romantically involved with the family’s wealthy daughter.  However, clichés are not always bad as I found myself intrigued by the secrets of this very family and wanting to find out who the murderer is. In addition, it’s the closest I’ll ever get to attending an interactive murder mystery play.  One thing I had a problem with was when you come across a red herring where a woman who loved the son poisoned him for spurning her. When you confront her, she confesses that she did poison the son, but she meant to give him the antidote later.  Whether or not she meant to give him the antidote, the law still needs to punish her. If you shoot someone, the police won’t pardon you because you meant to take the bullet out and heal the wound later.

The game is your typical hidden object with you exploring various locations and collecting items to progress further in the game.  Some items require you to participate in hidden object scenes and you can even play mini-games. You also have a book filled with information about each of the characters that you add to as you find out more about the story.  If you’re stuck, use the rechargeable hint. I actually didn’t find the game hard to understand, so I rarely used it.

This game is addictive and intriguing.  I am most definitely buying the full version when it comes out.

One Night Werewolf (Amazon Store)

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There’s a werewolf on the loose and it could be anyone you know, even you.  Can you help find the werewolf and save your village?

The storyline is a condensed version of one of those Murder Mystery dinner parties and the game plays out like one.  You get a card, look at it, close your eyes, listen to the narrator from the free app and do whatever your role requires.  After that, you open your eyes and try to find the werewolf. If you are the werewolf or his minion, your job is to mislead the players.  Each character comes with his or her own action, with the exception of the villagers. They just sleep there and add to the pile, which is definitely not my favorite character to play.  There’s also a character called the Tanner, whose job is to commit suicide. When my Monday Night Board Game group plays this, we have to leave him out because no one knows how to play him right.  Trust me when I say that I’m one of those people who screwed up with I played him. I also hate getting the werewolf and minion cards because, believe it or not, I’m terrible at bluffing. Therefore, more often than not, I lose.  Other than that, this is one of my favorite board games and I get excited whenever my group plays it. Unlike Werewords, most of the cards have a role to play and the storyline makes much more sense.

This game is exciting and suspenseful.  I give it an 8 out of 10; perfect for any meet up or board game party night.

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