USAopoly the Thing Infection AT Outpost 31 Strategy Game
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- • Relive the 1982 classic horror movie The Thing with this social deduction-hidden identity tabletop board game
- • To win the game, players must complete missions, locate and identify the imitations, and escape the outpost
- • Player’s ability to uncover the truth is critical to discover the imitations and win the game
- • Play as 1 of 12 iconic characters as either a Human or an Imitation from The Thing movie, such as MacReady, Palmer, and Blair
- • 4-8 Players | Ages 17+ | 45-90 min Play Time
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An alien life form has infiltrated a bleak and desolate Antarctic research station assimilating other organisms and then imitating them. In the hidden identity game the thing infection at outpost 31, you will relive John Carpenter sci-fi cult classic in a race to discover who among the team has been infected by this heinous life form.
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|Item Dimensions||11.75 x 11.75 x 3 in||10 x 2.75 x 10 in||11.6 x 3.1 x 7.75 in||10.7 x 10.7 x 1.65 in||9.3 x 2.9 x 9.3 in||2 x 12 x 12 in|
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First of all, let’s start with players. The more players you have, the better. You cannot play this with less than four players. You cannot double up and play multiple characters yourself because one of you is an infected human and the goal of the game is to find out who. I would say that you want at least 6 players to have a truly exciting game. You can get lucky and have a shorter game, but you should probably count on close to two hours with setup and gameplay.
Naturally I bought this game because I am a fan of John Carpenter’s The Thing. The game is just as fun if you’ve never seen the movie, but it was definitely made with fans in mind. The character pieces or “movers” are remarkably detailed and actually do look like the movie characters. The instruction manual also adds plenty of movie references and background. The board looks beautiful and details abound everywhere. This is actually one of the best looking games I’ve ever seen—and we have well over 100 board games in our game closet. As far as recreating the feel and ambiance of the movie, this game excels and easily deserves 5 stars.
As far as gameplay itself, this is a fairly complicated game with many different facets. The alien has three ways to win the game and the humans only have one. We never came close to winning, but it’s definitely possible. If you are used to games like Monopoly or Risk, this game will seem overwhelming and excessively complicated. This is better for people who enjoy more complicated board games to start, but anyone can learn to play. You task is to clear out the outpost, finding supplies and fighting aliens along the way. One of you is already infected, however, and will try to sabotage your progress. Your goal is to escape on the helicopter with only humans, leaving the aliens in disguise behind (or torch them with a flamethrower). If you fail tasks or fail to beat an alien, the outpost starts to take damage and the infection spreads. Along the way, you will need to tend to various emergencies in the outpost or risk losing it from damage.
Faults – there are a few. This is a complicated game and the instructions do not appear to cover all contingencies. We ended up making our own rules when some aspects of gameplay were unclear. For instance, do you need to clear all rooms in a sector before moving on, or can you advance as soon as you find the necessary supplies? We could not determine this from the instructions. Can you put out two fires at once by sending one player to one room while the rest of your team goes to another room with fire or smoke? As I mentioned, you can always make up your own rules so that’s not a game-ender.
What is a little more troubling is determining who the imposter is. You are encouraged to talk out loud, but there really aren’t any questions or challenges that make spotting the imposter any easier. If the imposter HAD to sabotage the party, it would be much easier. Instead, the best way for the aliens to win is to play along like any other character and be chosen in the escape party. With that being the case, it’s essentially just blind luck in the end to determine who the imposter is. Your best bet is to use the blood tests, but this too is mostly just a shot in the dark. This is the one area of the game I think could use improvement, but no one ever said surviving was easy.
So in the end, The Thing is a fantastically constructed, beautiful game that should please fans of the film and people who enjoy large-group board games. It’s complicated, but not impossibly so. It could use clearer instructions and may take you a couple trial runs before you understand it all. That said, it easily deserves 4 stars if not a little more.
Forgot to mention; if you buy this, try to play with at least 6 people. Games with 4 players only are almost impossible for the humans to win. Games with 5 players are really difficult but not impossible. 6 or more is a good number for a good challenge on both sides.
This game deserves the 5 Stars for a reason, it is quite literally one of the best boardgames I've ever played.