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Atmosfear Interactive Board Game with DVD

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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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Product Description

The gatekeeper serves as your host in this interactive game of fear and nerves.

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While a handful of board games have attempted to incorporate VHS tapes for a more visceral experience, the technology usually proved too clunky and unmanageable to provide enough fun to make it worth the hassle. But since it relies on digital technology, a DVD is inherently more precise, this makes it easier to work in to such games as Atmosfear. The game has a horror movie feel to it, featuring mummies, vampires and assorted other beasties and ghoulies. The cards drawn by players often correspond to time marks on the included DVD and ask you to be interactive with your fellow contestants, for instance: "at 46:50, start to giggle insanely. If any opponent asks why you laugh hand them this card and this message: I'm having the last laugh: You're BANISHED to the BLACK HOLE". It's a game for extroverts and technology lovers but if those factors, or the monsters in the design, don't scare you off, it should be a lot of fun. --Charlie Williams

Product Information

Product Dimensions 3 x 11 x 15 inches
Item Weight 3.1 pounds
Shipping Weight 5.8 pounds
ASIN B0001CU1C4
Manufacturer recommended age 16 years and up
Best Sellers Rank #259,808 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#42,428 in Toys & Games > Games
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By Maria T. Welych on August 21, 2004
This was the first DVD board game I have ever tried, so I was interested to see how it would play out. I played it with my 11-year-old son and his 10-year-old friend. At first, they refused to play it at night because they were worried they were going to be too scared. So we tried it during the day.

In the game, you have 49 minutes to race around the board collecting each of six different colored keys. As you play, the Gatekeeper interrupts you and tries to prevent you from winning while verbally abusing the players. (It's done in a very campy style, all in fun.)

I found it difficult to keep track of what was going on in the game because of the frequent interruptions, although it was easier the second time around (which was at night because the boys declared the game not at all scary). Although the game's manufacturer claims that no game is ever the same, there is not enough variety in the Gatekeeper's actions to keep an adult interested past the third or fourth playing.

That being said, it would be a great game for a Halloween party. It's quite spooky. I'd like to try it on my son's friends after I set up the family room with black lights and spooky decorations. They'd definitely have a blast.

The game is much more fun if you end up racing the clock to beat the Gatekeeper. We were all on our feet during the last minute of play the second time through, cheering each other on and passing the dice as quickly as possible so one of us could beat the Gatekeeper. I was surprised at the teamwork evident at the end of the game. It was nice to see, after my son had tried everything to defeat me during the rest of the game.

I'd give this gane an age range of 9 to 14. Would I buy it again? Yes, but for a Halloween party or one of my son's Harry Potter birthday parties. Not for everyday use.
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I played "Atmosfear, The Harbingers" on VHS in the mid-90s and several years later bought a copy of the game through ebay. Then, I saw this DVD update and gave in to temptation when the price was marked down. Here's my judgement: 1) The mechanics have been simplified. This has it's pros and cons. It could have been made easier to learn without removing as many components. 2) The gatekeeper has less of a nasty/funny balance in the DVD update. 3) It is a major upswing to have his dialogue randomly disbursed.

One reviewer seemed to think the game was boring. I'll guess, instead, that the people he parties with don't have the attention span for board games. Too bad for them. Atmosfear - The DVD Board Game get's a B+ from me.
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I'm a 23 year old college student and have become quite the board game enthusiest. I picked this game up because I remember playing the VHS version of this board game in my childhood/pre-teen days. Besides Risk it was the only other board game I enjoyed playing at the time. I bought this as a throwback to those days. I remember the fun interaction with the gatekeeper coming up on screen and throwing twists (as well as insults) into the game. The great thing about this DVD version is that the game is random each time you play. With the VHS version you quickly start learning when things are going to happen at what time and what exactly will happen when the Gatekeeper appears on screen.

If you've never played before you pretty much have a hexagon game board that is split into 6 areas of a different color. Each person picks a crazy Halloween type of character like a vampire, werewolf, poltergeist, etc. Each person writes a fear of theres on a piece of paper and places it into the jar that sits in the middle of the board. Each player takes turns rolling the dice and moving around the board collecting a colored key from each area. Once a player has 1 of each color key he/she must go to the middle jar and pick on out. If the fear belongs to the player then they win. If not they must return to their specific starting area that each character has and try to go to the middle again. You have 49 minutes to complete the game or else the Gatekeeper wins. The Gatekeeper is this creepy guy that shows up randomly on the TV screen and throws in twists to the game and makes some of the players do funny/ridiculous things at times.

Atmosfear is not a well known game so introducing it to your friends is fun. The game supports 6 players max which is good and can be a problem at the same time.
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I played the old VHS edition and gave this one a try... it was well worth it. The rules being simplified means the game is more wildly fun. Some people complain that it lacks depth without the Soul Reavers and the like... but, honestly, this game doesn't exist to be a competative dynamo. It's there for the experience of playing with others and random upsets and excitements and frights happening.

This works perfectly. The menu asking who is playing so it customizes the responses? Perfect. Worth it. Thanks Pressman!
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The 1st version of this game was a fun and exiting game for my family. but we soon got bored of the same video over and over. We could not believe it when we saw a new version of the game out, we rushed out to buy it and found this version not the same and not as complicated or as fun as the first they should have just released the first version of the game with new dvd setup it was a waste of money.
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