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**Why is it called Tension??**
In my opinion, Tension is probably the wrong name for this game as there isn't much tension throughout! However, in saying that, it is still a good game to play.
The basic premise of the game requires 2 teams to be gathered. I guess you could play it with 2 people but more fun in teams. There are question cards on orange and purple, neither card is more difficult, I guess they just made them different colours to make it look like the game is more complex. On each card, there is a list of ten things such as "Things that are Yellow", "Julia Roberts Movies".
The trick is, you have to name as many of the things ON THE CARD as possible, so its no good saying "Banana" for things that are yellow, if Banana is NOT on the card, you don't get the point.
There is also a timer which goes down quite quickly to add to the "tension", but honestly it didn't make much difference, if you didn't know the answer within 20 seconds you found yourself waiting for the timer to end so you could get on with the game.
I found some things irritating, particularly in those broad categories as they had really stupid answers for some of the things that are yellow/red etc. "10 things found on an English Breakfast" - one answer was indigestion. Things like that irritate me a lot so from that point of view, I found the game to be frustrating.
There is a small board (thankfully, I am so sick of huge boards in these sorts of games which I can never seem to find room for on a table, so I am glad for once this is a small board!). There are whirlwind and question mark squares but they just advance you forward or move you back, they aren't very dangerous if you are close to winning and in my opinion, something else was needed to spice the game up.
**Length of game**
We played for about 30-40 minutes and enjoyed it. There are lots of cards so lots of replay value in the future. It is something for everyone and very easy rules to follow which is always good at family events!
Also posted on Ciao as rosaliecullen6
The Zany Crazy Naming Game.
This game is a little bit like the concept of Family Fortunes. You are given a topic and then you have to name things that are associated with it under a specific time limit. The only catch is that there are limited answers which you can collect points for. The game is good as it really gets you thinking but it also frustrating when the answers you give aren't correct. I think that this is why it is called 'Tension' as it really does create some. This is definitely a board game with a difference as all the material comes from the imaginations of the players.
The game comes in a cool orange box with a purple border. The box isn't too big so it can be stored easily.
Inside the box there is:
*A playing board.
*2x50 Question Card Decks.
The game requires at least 2 players and if there are more then players can split into 2 teams. I think that this makes it a great game to play with family and friends. Each player/team has their own counter which they place on the board to start. One team starts by picking a card from the other teams deck and that is then their subject. The team has 30 seconds to name as many things as they can connected to the subject. The other team notes down what the players are saying and then once the time is up the answers given are checked against the ten answers on the card. If all 10 answers match then the team wins and they can move their counter a space on the board. The first team to reach the centre of the board wins!
The categories in Tension are varied, some of them are easy and some of them are more difficult. I think that this is important as without some challenging categories the game would be too easy and it wouldn't hold your attention.
Some examples are: Beatles hits, types of cake, pizza toppings, Hugh Grant movies, Carry-On films and Abba Hits.
I think that it is definitely better to play this game in teams as 2 minds are better than one. When playing this game sometimes if it is a difficult subject my mind just goes really blank and I cannot think of any answers so it is good to have someone else there to prompt you.
Overall I really like this game. I love games which get you thinking and I love having to think under pressure. This game is so much fun to play with the whole family. It can be really funny and you can play it for hours. I understand why the game is called tension as it can be very frustrating when you can't think of any answers. This is definitely one of those games which afterwards you will want to play again. I can see this game lasting a long while and not really ever getting boring.
I bought the game from Amazon and I paid £7.99. I would definitely recommend shopping around for this game as there are some bargains out there.
I would definitely recommend this game to everyone!
5 out of 5 stars!
Thank you for reading : )
Review also on Ciao under luceey.
There are 2 kinds of people in the world - those who love board games and those who don't. I am in the love camp and am always looking out for a great new board game.
Tension is a board game brought to us by Cheatwell Games and it is absolutely brilliant. Like all the best games it is easy to play, there are no complicated instructions, scoring or setting up and you can play this game be you 5 or 105.
The game is basically a chase game where by you race to the finish. It is billed as "The Zany Crazy Naming Game" and essentially it does what it says on the tin. The game contains question cards on which you are asked "name x" there are 10 answers written on the card. You have 30 seconds to name as many things as you can on that subject but you will only score for matching an answer on the card. The questions vary between the specific such as "Name film villains" to the abstract "Name things with a head".
We played this game at Christmas with players aged between 6 and 82 and everyone enjoyed it and could take part. It was particularly good as it gave the children a chance to genuinely play rather than the adults having to let them win or give them special treatment - our team certainly would not have won had it not been for my 8 year old nephews extensive knowledge of pizza toppings and things that are blue. The children also have a very good way of thinking outside of the box and are more creative in the abstract questions that have the adults puling their hair out. It is a game that is a level playing field no matter what the age of the player is.
The against the clock aspect of the game is where the "Tension" arises. It is amazing how as soon as the timer is turned over music aficionados suddenly are unable to think of any Beatles songs. You will also find that you can name 50 things within the time and only match 2 on the card.
It is hard to be gracious when being genuinely beat by an under 10 but you might just have to suck it up.