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2.0 out of 5 stars So-so trivia game, December 20, 2002
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:1.0 out of 5 stars 
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I am a HUGE Friends fan and bought this game thinking that it would be fun. After playing it, I am disappointed that I even bought this game, as it is not at all what I expected.
The game comes in a large tin which is mostly full of a large, plastic insert that holds all the game components--trivia cards, coffee card, game board, item score sheets, instructions and game pieces. This game could easily have fit in a much smaller container. The game as a whole is durable, but the prized "coffee card" will not last for very long. It needs to be laminated as it rips and tears very easily. The game pieces are your standard colored, plastic pegs (similar to Sorry or Clue) but are made of a much cheaper/lower quality plastic. The game board is a four-fold game board and there is also a pad of item score sheets.
The instructions are very vague with complex rules that can be difficult to understand. It takes 3-4 rounds for everyone to feel comfortable with the rules and to stop referencing the instructions. One major complaint is that some player's turns end up being several minutes long due to the poorly designed rules. You need to wait for a player to get a question wrong before the next player can have a turn. If you're playing with more than 3 people, the turns can get very long--especially if a player gets some easy questions.
The object of the game is to collect objects from all the Friends apartments and mark them off on the item score sheet. You can only collect certain items from specific Friends apartments. The restrictions are hidden in the rules and it would be better if they were printed on the item score sheets. I don't understand the point of these item sheets. It seems pointless to mark off a page of items when it would be so much easier just to keep score. The item score sheets are just an un-needed element that adds to the complexity of the game.
I have seen every episode several times, but some of the questions are really tough. There are a lot of questions about things that are in the background that you would never notice or about minor characters that appeared on the show. There are roughly 200 question cards with 5 questions on each card and a Charades option. That makes roughly 1,000 questions for the game and 200 Charade options. Several questions are even repeated on several cards. However, I think that there should be a lot more question cards for a "trivia" game about a show that has been on tv for over 9 years.
After playing this game several times, you start getting some of the cards that were already read for previous questions. The Charades option (if you roll a star) can be fun to act out if you have decent action, but for the most part, the Charades are too difficult to act out without speaking or giving a clue to the other players.
Overall, the game is so-so. The complexity of the rules & instructions, as well as the small amount of trivia cards that come with the game, is why I rated this so low. I don't think that I will play this game all that much. It is not what I expected and it's just as fun and enjoyable to read the questions without playing the complex game.
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Initial post: Sep 12, 2011 10:41:27 AM PDT
Mo Diddley says:
I TOTALLY AGREE! The charades part is insanely impossible. The rules way too complicated. It would have just been better if it was simpler, like just the trivia questions & getting points for those (which I think is some kind of option also.) We were super disappointed, especially after it took TWO of us about an hour to get through the instructions enough to even start playing (4 players)! As far as the obscure questions... I watched about five episodes shortly after attempting the game and did see SO many of those answers revealed. But the charades part - TOTALLY RIDICULOUS :( We all just decided to keep the cards handy for whenever we're bored & just want the trivia challenge!
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