Product Type: Winning Move board games
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Game for geeky grown up fans
Winning Moves Da Vinci Code - The Game
Member Name: Radusiq
Winning Moves Da Vinci Code - The Game
Advantages: intelligent game for Da Vinci Code fans
Disadvantages: not for kids, limited number of mysteries
I am quite a fan of board games, and also of Da Vinci Code, however I must say I wouldn't normally buy this board game - only I found it in bargain sale for £2, so decided to give it a try.
As of packaging, it's classic themed square cardboard box with all the bits inside. For the price I found all pieces to be good quality, robust built, they don't look or feel cheap.
Firstly, you need to find at least one, but max 5 grown ups (or geeky 10+ I don't agree game is suitable for 7+ kids unless they are really into the theme) who preferably read the book or at least saw the movie and are willing to spend time playing a movie-based board game with you. At least my box is saying 2-6 players, not 2-4 as stated in description here, however I don't think it would be comfortable for 6 players.
Then you need to set up the board - fairly easy, there's a cardboard plan that you just need to unfold, select a game, take out appropriate cards and place them on the board, prepare all the decoders and funny gadgets that you may need to use and give every player a paper sheet from the block where they can write notes and record their answers. There are 15 "mysteries" to solve - 15 unique games. Mysteries are a phrase or word that you need to uncover, which you do by traveling the board and visiting significant places from the book (Westminister Abbey, Louvre, etc.) - you draw cards when you're there, and each card gives you some kind of clue, or part of the clue. Sometimes you need to use one of the funny gadgets - decoder, cryptex, mirror, sometimes you only have certain amount of time to look at the card (timer is included). Once a while you get a letter, and its position, which you write down until you have the whole phrase (or can guess it). There are also extra points for answering some questions that you come across. You don't need to be familiar with the movie, or know a lot about art and history, but it certainly does help a bit and makes the game more fun. The game ends when someone solves the mystery, which generally doesn't take too long - perhaps 30-45 mins so you don't get bored.
Disadvantages - there are only 15 mysteries, and you need one or two to get into the game to find out exactly how it all works. There is a DVD with instructions and a Sample mystery which I would recommend if you don't waste the mysteries for learning how to play. Also, person skilled in anagrams and crossword puzzles would have an advantage as they may see the mystery phrase with very little letters. Also they are all themed so guessing the mystery will be easier if you have seen the movie or, better, read the book.
Final verdict - well, if you are into the theme, and are perhaps a bit geeky type that finds searching for information and playing with words fun, than yes, you will like the game. If you don't fit the profile, you will find it incredibly boring (speaking for my husband who I made play with me once). It's not a colorful exciting board game for kids if you expect that, and I find it quite hard to find someone who would find it interesting enough to play, so most of the times it just sits in the cupboard. For £2 I don't mind, but I wouldn't pay full price for it
Summary: Only for real fans
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