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Nuclear War Card Game


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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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  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B0014JRY64
  • Item model number: FBI6001
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 12 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,305 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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A humorous card game with a tongue-in-cheek view of international diplomacy, propaganda, and finally: holocaust! Two to six players engage in touchy negotiations until a warmonger pushes the button! This hilarious card game is easy to learn and fast to play. But watch out: if everyone is wiped out -- nobody wins!

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By EBG on February 10, 2012
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I bought this game as a new addition for our dorm's board game stash. It was an instant hit. The rules are easy to learn, and there is massive replay value. There is no better feeling than launching a nuke uncontested, and spinning the little arrow to see how much damage you dish out. The "final retaliation" rule is also great fun, allowing any eliminated players to immediately launch everything in their arsenal. You may wonder, "couldn't this lead to a huge chain reaction that kills everyone"? Well, much like real nuclear war, sometimes there are no winners. But, unlike real nuclear war, it's always a ton of fun!

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jarod Lojeck on August 5, 2008
Nuclear War is a fantastic game! It is fun, funny, and keeps your interest time after time. Every game is different, and it uses devious strategy and blood-thirsty aggression in concert to win. It's all the fun of a nuclear war without the pesky fallout and collapse of society.

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!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Brewer on March 9, 2009
I first played this game when I was about 14. I didn't see it again until I ordered it from Amazon, and let me tell you, it's just as fun now as it was then. The instructions are a little confusing, but once you start playing, it all comes together. Looking forward to getting the expansions for it. Strogly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Lavender on June 16, 2014
Let me be absolutely transparent: This is a review that is heavily weighted by nostalgia.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jenlobster on July 8, 2013
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This game has been out of print for a while, so it's hard to find. I was hesitant to play it for a while, because I didn't think it looked fun, but it wasn't too bad when we actually played.

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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter Isaacson on June 3, 2009
"Got Change for 25 Million Population?" is something you'd only hear during play of this game. I've owned my copy of this for *years* and taught my nephews how to play. It doesn't take long to play, and is quite enjoyable despite the macabre overtones. Of course what makes this game interesting is that it's quite possible for *nobody* to win! (this really pissed my younger sister off when I played with her) but of course with real actual Nuclear War it's realistic that Nobody Can Win.
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By just ok on June 21, 2014
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My son and his friends who are thirteen years old were so excited when they got this game.
Coolest game ever.
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