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- Cooperative game
- For 1-5 players
- Tons of replay value
- Takes about 30 minutes to play
- CD player required to play this game
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About WorldWise Imports Specializing in retail and online merchants, Worldwise Import founder Cheryl Stern has assembled a team that has the experience necessary to import the very best international products. Since 2001, the team has traveled the world to find and supply the finest in chess, backgammon, cribbage, and other traditional games, as well as some exotic and not so traditional games. Worldwise Imports' commitment to excellence has helped it become a leader in world import markets. Cooperative survival game. For 1 to 5 players. 30-minute gameplay. CD player required for game. Made in Germany.
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Space Alert is a team survival game. players take on the role of a crew of space explorers sent out through hyperspace to survey a dangerous sector of the Galaxy.The spaceship automatically maps the sector in 10 minutes. The crew's task is to defend the ship until the mission is complete. If they succeed, the ship brings back valuable data. If they fail. it is time to train a new crew. Space Alert is not a typical board game. players do not compete against each other. Instead, they work together against the challenge presented by the game. The difficulty of this challenge can be chosen by the players themselves. Completing the most difficult missions requires close teamwork. Cooperative game. For 1-5 players. Tons of replay value. Takes about 30 minutes to play. CD player required to play this game.
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I am not a fan of needing a device to play the sound tracks, but the game comes with a CD and has tracks online which you can play. So if having a cd player, smart phone, or computer isn't a big deal, you should have no problem enjoying the tense sound track overlayed with the occasional robotic voice telling you which phase in the game you're in.
A bit of a learning curve but the game has a tutorial that gradually introduces the concepts of the game to players.
Its real-time-turn-setup format was a first for me, but its short playtime is a massive perk over some board games. No longer does "let's play a board game!" mean "Let's set around a table for 3 hours and drool during others' turns!" Instead, it turns a half hour, at most, into an intense survival simulator that demands a great deal of cooperation and intricate planning.
I would recommend this game 1. to anyone who does not hate fun 2. to anyone who wants to get a group to cooperate better in general 3. to those who can accept that even losing can be truly fun.
For Space Alert, you need a group that is willing to engage in an intense game that requires people to think on their toes and cooperate in the midst of some confusion and uncertainty (though the confusion and uncertainty dissipate as more games are played). If you are teaching the game, emphasize to your group that it's a learning experience; if you have an especially competitive group, let them know the first few plays are more about figuring out how the game works, including the dynamics of working together as a cohesive team.
Like any complex board game, this game requires more teaching than a mass-marketed "store-bought" game such as Monopoly or Life. In fact, the manual has a 7-step lesson plan that introduces more game mechanics with each lesson, so that everything isn't thrust upon the players at once. Hopefully your group is on the patient side; those wanting to jump right in will find it quite challenging to do so.
How would I describe the game? Well, if you ever wanted the feel of being on a starship in the midst of a battle, having to fire weapons, maintain shields, manage internal security, and divert power where needed, this game is for you.
If turn-based games are your thing, and you're not a fan of real-time challenges, this game is not for you.
I like both types of game so I enjoy Space Alert. If you want more information about it, read other reviews here at Amazon, or check out BoardGameGeek on the internet. As of this writing, out of approximately 500 thematic board games, Space Alert is ranked #54 (as compared to #7 for BSG) on BoardGameGeek, so it's definitely considered to be one of the better games out there in this genre.