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Brilliant Family Fun
on 9 July 2012
As a massive fan of The Chase, I was a little skeptical when I heard a board game was out Turns out I didn't need to worry at all. It's one of the most fun game show adaptations I've ever played.
The game comes with a board, used for the main chases and the final chase, an electronic timer, a set of blue questions and a set of red questions, large and small pawn, Chaser tokens, and money tokens. Everything seems quite durable, though it gets a bit jumbled up quite easily.
Each player does a Cashbuilder round in turn. The player to their right sets the timer to one minute and then reads the player questions from the blue cards in the same fashion as on the show, 1000 pounds per answer.
After every player does this, they take the money token they earned. Each token has a blue side with how much was earned in the Cashbuilder and a red side with two offers on it, one bigger and smaller, you insert the token on your pawn showing however much you picked and place your pawn on the board accordingly. Each player then picks a Chaser, inserts them in the pawn matching the player's color, and places them at the end of the board. The next bit is the same as on the show, except only one player answers questions at a timer and the Chasers' answers are printed on the card. The player who makes it through with the most money plays the final chase.
The final chase works like on the show, save for the fact that the finalist picks two of their opponents (unless it's a 3 player game) to work together as the Chaser, but other than that it's just two two minute rounds, the finalist can move the Chaser back on an incorrect answer with the right answer.
The game only has two problems I've seen so far. One, the timer has none of the show's music or sound effects which would have improved the game big time, and secondly each player's performance in the Cashbuilder rests on how fast the question reader is. For example, I can get out questions clearly at about the same rate as Mr. Walsh, while my sister constantly stumbles over words, reads the question slowly, and takes too long to confirm the right answer.
Other than that, though, the game is massive fun, and having beat Shawn in the main Chase I have to say I'm quite proud of myself.