Outside the Box - The NEW fast-thinking team and party game!
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- If you like brain-challenging games, trivia, word or party games, then you will love Outside the Box!
- It includes hundreds of categories and a Master List of over 15,000 possible answers.
- The game comes complete with a digital programmable timer (battery included),"easy-to-follow" instructions, quick reference cards and an audio CD.
- The box top actually becomes the game board. So not only will you think "outside the box," you will play the game ON the outside of the box.
- Outside the Box is proudly made in the USA and is the recipient of The Toy Man® Product Guide's 2011-2012 Award of Excellence as well as other awards.
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Outside the Box is a fun game to play, and there's no doubt about that. After having had my review copy for a few weeks, I finally had the opportunity to get together with a group of people to check it out. We were lucky to have a group, because it appears that the game is going to be more fun when there are more participants. Although you could play with two on a team, it would be a bit dry in that format in my opinion.
The game has four "mini-games". Each turn you play one of the mini-games depending on which space on the board your token resides on. Each mini-game is fun. The first time through a couple of them can take a bit of figuring to determine just how to go about playing them. However, once you've been through each of the mini-games once or twice you'll have a good grasp of them. The rules to two of them could have been made MUCH more clear, but you'll figure them out, and to be honest you only need to be acting in the general spirit of the rules if both teams are doing the same thing. This is not a game for the hard core. It's really a party game and the more fun the party, the more fun the game will be. It took our teams about two hours to play the game, and that included opening the various game components, feeling our way through the rules and learning how to play each mini-game. It might go faster if most of the players are up to speed before starting.
We had a group of seven, so we played with three on one team and four on the other. The imbalance of players had no effect on the game ... in fact the team with only three players won.Read more ›
If you're a masochist and don't mind tedious rules and scorekeeping (and you like the sort of game mechanics this is a mashup of) or don't mind developing your own "house rules" and scoring system, then maybe you could try this.
However, for everyone else, I'd recommend skipping this one (and maybe try Scattergories if parts of this one sound fun to you).
Note: I received a copy of Outside the Box from Sugarman Games in exchange for an honest review.
I apologize in advance for the lack of dignity with which I will approach the review of the new party game "Outside the Box." I like to think that I stand for an underrepresented portion of the adult gaming market (or at least one that doesn't speak up enough). Namely, I believe any gaming function can be enhanced by the addition of liberal doses of free-flowing alcohol. The first step is admitting you have a problem! Don't get me wrong. I can sit down for an analytical war game or chess match, I can get violent with a video gaming console, and I can have a high-brow evening of cards. But when it comes to inviting a collection of people over in which we will attempt a communal game, you can bet it will lead to an evening of debauchery and next day deniability. Such is the case with my experience with "Outside the Box."
Let's be honest, any party game will succeed or fail based on the willingness of the participants to engage. I had friends who were smashing at raising the entertainment quotient of "Outside the Box" (myself included, I like to think) and those that were dreadful. That is not unique to this game, by any means, but there are different levels (or rounds) of the game and a certain sense of showmanship and/or a lack of inhibition truly is what elevates the actual gameplay.
Content: There aren't a lot of moving pieces in "Outside the Box," it is mainly a question challenge game and there are lots of cards, categories and answers provided.Read more ›
Solid material components
A HUGE amount of fun, especially with the right players
The subgames are a little like "Scattergories" and "Charades" but at least in the case of "Charades" better and faster.
Not so good: OK, we played this with five of us, all of us with lots of gaming experience, at least two qualify for "grognard" status. I have even designed a couple of games in the long ago past. But although the rules for the subgames are just fine and easy to understand, the rules for the meta-game (in other words how to progress around the board and win) are not very understandable. When & how "control" passes is not very clear, and it is far too easy for one team to race around the board in a few rounds and win pretty fast. I am not sure this game was "blind playtested" .
IMnotsoHO, the game would be more balanced if "control" alternated.
Now, one other thing- in "Speed Round" my team was lucky in that we had a semi-pro entertainer as "actor"- and let me tell you, he made it really fun. In fact the other team was also having lots of fun. But when they tried it, their "actor" wasn't anywhere near as good, and the game lagged. That team said "It's Password on Steroids. We don't need Password on Steroids."
So far we rated it a 5 for fun and a 3 for game balance.
In a game session with hard-core gamers who are more into winning than having fun, this is not the right game.
In a party, with rather artistic and imaginative people ( who are more concerned with having fun than winning) this game would be great.
I rcvd a copy of the game for review purposes.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This game is so much fun! Great for small groups and larger groups. You really have to think on your feet. If you loved Password growing up, this game is that and more. Read morePublished 7 months ago by JulesinGA
I personally didn't enjoy this game, however, the company was very good to refund our money. Different people like different games. Read morePublished on January 17, 2013 by MLash
tried this on christmas with the family. maybe we lack patience, but it was just too much for us to figure out. my 22 yr old daughter took it home to play with college friends. Read morePublished on January 10, 2013 by kathy
I got a lot of enjoyment from Outside the Box. The thing about this game is that you continue to think about it long after you have played. Read morePublished on December 6, 2012 by Tim Murray
This is such a fun game and very easy to play. We like to use the cards without the board for easier, more transportable play.Published on December 6, 2012 by Chris Paynter
I had my reservations about "another" board game, but playing with friends made a believer out of me. So much so that we are giving a few as gifts for the holidays. Read morePublished on December 2, 2012 by Robert L Hale
This game is soooo much fun! Have played with many different people, lots of age ranges, and we all loved it! Read morePublished on December 2, 2012 by Susan L. Tanner
I purchased this Game and was very disappointed. It's not fun, not educational and extremely expensive when comp[ared to other games. Read morePublished on November 29, 2012 by ChillyWiIlly