Product Type: Cheatwell board games
Newest Review: ... game is more complex. On each card, there is a list of ten things such as "Things that are Yellow", "Julia Roberts Movies... more
No one is too old or young for this game.
Member Name: kirstymc
Advantages: A family game with a level playing field.
Disadvantages: You may have to concede defeat to someone in primary school.
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.
Summary: Great game that is a level playing field no matter what age you are.