Just Survive The Game

From: Broken Archer
Reviewed by: Ron McClung

Just Survive The Game is a Card Game from Broken Archer Games.

 

From the website: “Use teamwork to help everyone stay alive or lookout for yourself and forget your family and friends”

Just Survive is a somewhat abstract and lightly themed game of cards where you play roles in a survival scenario.  The disaster is not defined, the situation is not defined, all you know is that you have to be the last person standing.   In this game, there are Job cards, Event Cards, Secret Cards and Dead/Skipped cards.  Each person gets a Secret card and a Job card.  There are a total of 11 Job cards and 15 secrets.  These define your role in the game by giving you things you can do – both your Job ability and your Secret ability. These abilities counter things in the game or break rules.  Secrets don’t necessarily have to remain secret, it’s totally up to the player.

Play goes from the youngest player onward, reacting to Event cards on each turn.  Event cards can be a variety of things.  There are 87 total cards in this stack.  They range from Bad Day  where you snap and pick a character to murder, to Food running low.   Secrets and Job abilities can effect these Events.  During these Events, sometimes the group must vote, and sometimes those votes can be deadly.  One thing to note is that Death in the game does not end the game for the player.  The only thing that ends the game for everyone is the SURVIVE card in the events.  When that comes up, the last player alive is the winner.

From the website: “You’ve just been locked in a bunker holding out to survive a disaster outside. You and the people you’re with must do whatever it takes to survive, but only one of you will be able to live.”

In conclusion,  this is a fun little game.  I prefer a little more theme and it is pretty no-frills in terms of production value.  When we played, it was with 3 players but we determined that it would play better with more people.  It became unclear at times what a Dead person could and could not do, so I think the rules need to be a little clear on that.  It has great potential for expansion, however.  And I think it would serve well if it had a little more theme.

For more details on Broken Archer and their new Card Game“Just Survive The Game” check them out at their website http://brokenarcher.com/, and at all of your local game stores.

Codex Rating: 15 out of 20

Product Summary

Just Survive The Game
From: Broken Archer
Type of Game: Card Game
Website: http://brokenarcher.com/

Reviewed by: Ron McClung

Best Pitch Card Game

Best Pitch
From: Broken Archer
Reviewed by: Ron McClung

Best Pitch is a new Card Game from Broken Archer Games.

I have seen the fairly simple Apples to Apples mechanic (for lack of a better term) in many forms.  Cards Against Humanity is the most  well-known there days.  Best Pitch presents this same mechanic in a more family-friendly ad different way.  With a simple concept, a few cards, and the right group, fun for all can be had.

From the back cover: “Pitch your best idea with the most outstanding innovation to a panel of investors…”

Out of the box, there are three sets of cards – yellow Idea Cards, blue Innovation Cards and red Sabotage Cards.  Every player gets 2 of each card.  Each round, a different player is the Tycoon and everyone else is pitching ideas to the Tycoon.  Each player pitches an Idea, with an Innovation to the Tycoon, face down.  Before the Tycoon reads them, each player then plays a Sabotage on a single player’s Idea/Innovation pair.

Game play is simple, very similar to Apples to Apples or CAH.  We had a few laughs when we played but felt like it was missing something.  It’s a great family friendly game, where I think the kids would really enjoy it, but that’s not the crowd I playtested it with.  The relatively random sabotage aspect to the game (not knowing what exactly you are sabotaging) seemed kind of awkward but added as interesting aspect to the game.  At times, the sabotage enhanced the pitch.

From the back cover: “… but watch out as others are looking to sabotage your idea in favor of their own.”

While we enjoyed the game some, I feel the entire group wanted a little something more out of it.  It would be great to play with kids and family.  There is a potential for fun in this game in that environment.  Or at a convention with a mixed group of players.  I feel there is more potential with expansions that play to a specific group – adult, comic geeks, computer gamers, or something like that.  The ideas were somewhat generic and bland,  Combining them with the Enhancements did make them interesting but like I have said, there needed to be more.  I recommend this game for family game night with grade school kids or grandparents.

For more details on Broken Archer Games and their new Card GameBest Pitch” check them out at their website http://brokenarcher.com/, and at all of your local game stores.

Codex Rating: 14 out of 20

Product Summary

Best Pitch
From: Broken Archer
Type of Game: Card Game
Website: http://brokenarcher.com/

Reviewed by: Ron McClung