I don't know if you know this about me or not, but I used to work at Blockbuster Video back in the day. Shocking revelation, I know. Yes, I worked at my local Blockbuster for eight years before writing about horror movies on these here internets. In fact, I was working there when we closed our doors, and I was present on the final day of my store's life. Ah, memories. Now while most of the world only miss Blockbuster as a kick of nostalgia, to me, it represents my college years. And so I'm excited as hell to pass along word that there is now a Blockbuster Board Game. True story.
The game is now available at Target and allows gamers to step back into the '90s, bringing back the golden era of video rentals with a movie game for teenagers and adults alike. It's basically triple charades Jeopardy in that you choose three classic films and race to describe, quote and act them out for the rest of your team. But it also offers something called Movie Buzzer Battle where you can challenge a player to a head-to-head showdown and shout out as many movies as you can before the time runs out. But for best results, you'll want to split up into two mixed teams.
In round one, each team chooses one of their "members" (get it?) to go head-to-head in one of the above-mentioned quick-fire buzzer battles. These two players must think quick, shout out a movie, and slap the buzzer. The first player to run out of ideas loses the round and gives their opponents a severe advantage in round two.
And speaking of round two, it's called "Movie charades with a twist." The player that won the buzzer battle picks up six movie cards gives the hardest three to their opponent and keeps the rest for themselves. When ready, the two players will get a mere 30 seconds to get their respective team to shout out the movies by using three techniques - acting out the film, making up a quote, and describing them with just one word. Get these three movies right quick enough, and you have a chance to steal from your opponents. Take it too slow, and they might get an opportunity to steal from you.
It's an all-out race to collect a film from every genre and snag the crown of the new Blockbuster big-shots. With 200 classic movies, 60 category cards and a replica of a Blockbuster parking lot, you'll want to clear a space on your top 10 family party games - this is one that's sure to bring the entertainment home again and again. Now, to get into some of the final specifics of the game, it requires two AA batteries (which are, as the old saying goes, not included) and is suggested for players 12 and up. Classified as a Party Game, 4-12 players should be able to get through a solid round of the Blockbuster Board Game in about 15 minutes or more. Level of Difficulty: Intermediate. This story comes to us from Target.