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The Princess Bride: Adventure Book Game Is Almost as Epic as the Movie

The box cover art and miniatures for The Princess Bride: Adventure Book Game.

The field cowl artwork and miniatures for The Princess Bride: Journey Guide Sport.
Photograph: Beth Elderkin

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On the subject of board video games primarily based on common movies, TV shows, or franchises, Ravensburger is the corporate to beat. It’s confirmed that with its newest triumph, The Princess Bride: Adventure Book Game, which manages to envelop you in a narrative and world that’s price telling.

The Princess Bride: Journey Guide Sport is a 1-Four participant cooperative board sport the place gamers work collectively to reenact key moments from the traditional 1980s fantasy epic, The Princess Bride. I attempted the sport with my husband, who watched the film for the primary time earlier than we performed it. This made an enormous distinction. I extremely advocate ensuring you’ve seen the film earlier than you play as a result of it may not make sense in any other case. It’s particularly enjoyable to look at it proper earlier than you so the jokes and moments are recent in your thoughts. However actually: Do I have to give you an excuse to look at The Princess Bride once more? After all I don’t.

Very similar to the unique movie, which is framed via a storytime session between the narrator (Peter Falk) and his grandson (Fred Savage), the board sport unfolds like a guide—with every chapter diving into a brand new a part of the journey. It jogged my memory of Stuffed Fables, a wonderful role-playing sport with an identical storybook mechanic, albeit a bit simpler. Very similar to Stuffed Fables, this sport comes with detailed miniatures of the film’s greatest characters. They give the impression of being so good, you’ll nearly be unhappy that you just use a few of them a lot lower than others. For instance, Vizzini solely exhibits up twice earlier than, effectively, what occurs. (“By no means go in towards a Sicilian when dying is on the road!”)


A take a look at one of many “chapter” boards, which every have distinctive duties and challenges.
Photograph: Beth Elderkin

There are six chapters in whole, and each comes with its personal guidelines and characters to play (for this assessment I selected to solely present the primary chapter about Westley and Buttercup, so of us can keep shocked for the remaining). Gamers have to perform a collection of duties—on this case having Westley end some chores, assist them fall in love, and ship Westley away to search out fame and fortune—utilizing a mixture of employee placement and image playing cards that you just mix to finish a problem.

The playing cards—which use skills like Intrigue, Braveness, and Love to perform feats—could seem a bit daunting at first, however you get the dangle of the gameplay in a short time. Fortunately, this sport is collaborative in each sense of the phrase; instead of every participant taking over the position of a playable character, everybody shares them. In spite of everything, you’re telling a narrative, and tales don’t usually assign roles.


Playing cards are used to assist full duties, however you don’t all the time draw the best ones.
Photograph: Beth Elderkin

Every subsequent chapter will increase in problem, including new tokens, obstacles, and challenges—like finishing a journey via the Cliffs of Madness earlier than Prince Humperdink catches up with you, or saving Westley from the Pit of Despair earlier than Humperdink and Buttercup full their vows of “mawwage.” It could be tough however issues transfer alongside fairly properly, and also you’ll end up tempted to leap into the following chapter proper after you completed the earlier one. Every chapter takes about 15-20 minutes to finish, so you may get via the entire sport in a single sitting in the event you’d like. If not, the sport consists of directions on the way to save your progress.

If there’s one criticism it’s that I’m on the fence about whether or not it’s replayable—not less than for adults; okayids can undoubtedly get pleasure from a number of rounds of this sport. When you’ve performed via The Princess Bride: Journey Guide Sport, you could have a strong deal with on what the challenges are and what you want to do to finish them. There are curveballs thrown your manner, largely within the type of numbered playing cards you draw on the finish of each spherical which will or might not add a penalty to your board. Apart from that, I don’t see lots of selection in how you may play the sport, particularly in the event you’re enjoying with the identical individuals. That mentioned, I’d be curious to strive it once more with somebody who’s by no means performed earlier than as they could give you methods I hadn’t thought of.


A process has been accomplished, and a reward awaits.
Photograph: Beth Elderkin

Even when it’s a sport you play as soon as and put away for a few months, The Princess Bride: Journey Guide Sport is certainly price it. Ravensburger has managed to comply with the success of Jaws and Back to the Future with one other franchise board sport that captures the spirit of its namesake, whereas nonetheless giving it one thing distinctive and entertaining. When you decide up this guide, you’ll have bother placing it down.

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Beth Elderkin on io9, shared by Kaitlyn Jakola to Gizmodo