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Doctor Who - The Timewars Boardgame
- Doctor Who fans can you save the universe?
- Playing Occasions: Home or Away with family, with friends, family gathering
- 30-60 minutes playing time
- 2-6 Players
- Ages 8+
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|Item Dimensions||27 x 40 x 7.01 cm||26.01 x 26.01 x 5.99 cm||5.08 x 30.48 x 22.86 cm||—||5 x 40 x 27 cm||20.32 x 20.32 x 5.08 cm|
|Number of Players||—||2 to 4||2 to 5||2+||2 or more players||2 to 4|
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“FLIP THE BOARD, RACE THROUGH TIME, SAVE THE UNIVERSE!” It’s every player for themselves, as they race through time, collecting enemies and out-smarting their opponents in a bid to be first to the finish. Start the game with a Mission card, detailing how many of each enemy they need to collect. Answer the trivia questions to collect your foe and head to the finish to win, but watch out, the other players will be trying to thwart your efforts by flipping the board, or battling you for your enemy cards. It’s designed for Doctor Who die hards and those who just love playing games with family and friends. Go on travel through time who know where it will take you!!
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It's a race game for 2-6 players aged about 8 or above. The board has an overlay which covers one half of the playing area at a time and "flips" to the other half every time someone rolls a double or lands on certain squares. Obviously, this happens slightly more often than once in every six player moves.
Every time the board "flips" half the key locations become inaccessible, trapping those players who are in one of those locations until the board "flips" again, while restoring access to the other half of the key locations in the game and freeing any players who were trapped there.
The locations on the board and the trivia questions all refer to situations, characters and enemies encountered during the 2010 series of Doctor Who (link: Doctor Who - The Complete Series 5 (with Lenticular Sleeve) [DVD]) with Matt Smith as the doctor, Karen Gillan as Amy Pond and Arthur Darvill as Rory. So if you're looking for a game which refers back to David Tennant, let alone to one of the previous doctors, this isn't it.
Having said that, knowledge of earlier Doctor Who adventures will help you answer quite a few of the questions. For example, those who saw the original David Tennant adventure which first introduced the Weeping Angels will find it as easy, if not easier, as those who saw the 2010 series to answer questions like "What should you never do in the presence of a Weeping Angel?"
Each player takes one of six mission cards, and keeps it secret from the other players: the mission card tells you how many of the doctor's "enemies" (Daleks, Weeping Angels, and Silurians) you have to capture, and gives you a final destination to which you then must travel to win. The first player to capture all the enemies specified on their mission card and reach the final destination is the winner.
The better your knowledge of the 2010 series the easier you will find it to capture the necessary "enemies" but you don't really have to be a great expert to have a chance of winning: many of the questions are "True or False" which give you a 50:50 chance, and some of the answers will be known to anyone with a reasonable knowledge of history trivia. For example, one questions asks for Winston Churchill's middle name, and only one of the three options given starts with the correct letter, so if you know his middle initial you'll get it.) I had watched about half the episodes of the 2010 series and that was easily enough to make the game playable.
There are also some "Wild cards" in among the questions which can be very helpful or completely snooker you.
One aspect of this game which some people will like and others hate is the enormous potential for unpredictable reversals. One minute someone can be on the verge of winning, the next they can be trapped while another player has the opportunity to seal the deal. Apart from the constant possiblity of flipping the board, other players can challenge you to a contest and steal your cards if they manage a better dice throw, and among the "enemy cards" is a "Davros" card which it is very bad news to pick up. This certainly makes things more exciting, though if you are one of those who hate it when you have carefully built a winning position and see victory snatched away from you by chance this may not be the game for you.
Kept our children amused for 30 minutes to an hour per game while filling the house with alternating laughter and screaming (the good kind of screaming) and not at all hard for adults to join in - helps if you are a Doctor Who fan but you do not have to be a hardcore one.
I can recommend this as a good family game.
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For Ages 8 and Up
Trivia-driven challenge game for Doctor Who fans
Includes over a hundred trivia questions
Each player gets a unique mission in time and space
Unique flip board action adds an extra layer of challenge to finishing your mission
Comes with everything you need to go on a time traveling adventure
There are a few little things about it that are a bit annoying, but nothing too bad. The tokens are little glass baubles that, unless you choose the red or black, are a little difficult to see against the multicolored background of the board. The cards are really flimsy which makes them hard to shuffle. There are only 6 Mission cards so there isn't a lot of variety on HOW the missions are given out. The "Flip" part of the bard seems quite unstable and doesn't rest flat, and it also a little crooked, but I can get past that.
What I can't get past is that this game is severely lacking in the variety of trivia questions. When I bought the game I was lead to believe that it was "Doctor Who" Trivia not just "Series 5" Trivia. Every question was about events in the 5th season of the reincarnation of Doctor Who. We played this with some friends who have only seen 1-4 and they didn't know any of the answers. Had there been a question about Rose Tyler or Martha Jones in there it would have made for easier game play. Had They asked about The Impossible Planet or The Empty Child it would have given the other players a fighting change...
But as it is the questions are ONLY about the 11th Doctor and ONLY about series 5.
I'm disappointed. As a whole, the game could have been made a little higher qualtiy, but like a said, the most disapointing fact it that the questions are so one sided.
I'll try contacting the game makers and see if they would release some booster packs to include some of the previous seasons in the trivia questions. Otherwise I'm not sure that this game will get played that often, and that's kind of a waste of money.