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- Humorous card game
- Tongue-in-cheek view of international diplomacy and propaganda
- Two to six players engage in touchy negotiations
- Ends when a warmonger pushes the button
- Easy to learn and fast to play
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I only have one quick recommendation. When you first get the game, you may be tempted to immediately start cutting out the population cards (which are printed on an 8"x12" piece of card stock). I recommend that, instead, you scan or make copies of the population cards just in case you lose them. We were playing this on a trip, and a bunch of the cards disappeared. Had we scanned the population card image, we could have made replacements.
I was regularly playing this game with my gaming group in the early 1980’s, before a game about blowing up millions of people to win might be considered “politically incorrect” (finger quotes mandatory). It was a go-to game to play before or after a more lengthy game with heavier strategy, and I recall we played the hell out of it and both of the expansion packs. We loved playing Nuke War.
Surprised it is still in print, I purchased a brand new copy of Nuclear War. The box is almost identical to the copy I had in the 80’s and the cards and spinner have not changed much, either.
You read that correctly – the game has a spinner. The only other game I have played that had a spinner is Twister, where I was reaching to put left hand on green and rubbing body parts with Caroline in the process, when I was still figuring out what the body parts were for, so… huzzah for spinners.
In Nuke War, each player plays as a country, embroiled in global propaganda, where population are stolen from other player’s countries to join your own. This can only go on so long before someone launches a missile and then propaganda means nothing and the cold war is over – all countries start blowing each other up. The game’s goal is to be the last player with remaining population cards, and there are other random events that shake things up, such as the Super Germ, where 25 million people die from an epidemic.
Nuke War touted it was, “One of the few games where it is possible to have no winners (often everybody loses!).” This is true, and there were quite a few games where we annihilated each other, with no player having any remaining population. In a way, this abstract game felt real.Read more ›
One unique thing about this game that I really enjoy is that there is no guarantee of anyone winning. It is totally possible for all players to eliminate each other and have no one left. The ingenious "Final Retaliation" when you lose makes it quite possible to leave no winners, only losers...just like in a real Thermonuclear War!
It's not terribly hard to learn and it's fairly fun.
The graphics aren't very attractive to me, and some of the cards are just cardstock, so they seem a bit cheap. I'm probably just being picky--my husband and his friends don't seem to have a problem with it and love to play it during lunch at work.
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Years ago I used to play this game with a bunch of buddies in the Navy. Yesterday I played it again with my wife and adult daughter, both of whom could be described as "peaceful." They enjoyed the game immensely, making sound effects as they launched their missiles and laughing as millions perished. It took them just a bit to get the hang of things, but they very quickly picked up on the idea and started picking on me. Warning: don't attack Mom or daughter will get upset, don't attack daughter or Mom will get upset. So what was I suppose to do when my wife launched the first rocket, even though it was just a "missile test"? (She forgot she had to load a warhead onto the missile.)
The game plays better with more people. I would recommend at least 4.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hey a bit of history with your nukes! After all how many kids even know what a b-70 bomber is anymore!Published 5 months ago by zach besso
Impossible directions to follow; not a lot of fun...we played three games and put it away.Published 6 months ago by michael a drury
Been playing this for over 30 years. I've worn out copies. It's the ultimate "beer and pretzels" game! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Miso
I love this game! I first played it in high school and finally got my own copy a year ago.
I find it's actually a terrible party game - it tends to make people mad at... Read more
Been play this for years, bought this copy for some friends.Published 12 months ago by R. Wimberger
Fun game but need a small group. We rarely feel compelled to play this.Published 13 months ago by Dana