MFG: Blue Orange Games
#of Players: 4 – 8
Age Range: 8+
Overall Construction: First things first. I like and hate the box this game comes in. The reason I like it is partly the same reason I don’t like it is, that it is compact and all of the items fit into the formed base. Downside to the formed base is that you have to take out all of the pawns to flip over the box to get all of the cards out of it. The formed base is also made out of a material that attracts animal hair. The pawns are made out of wood and are really decent pieces. The cards are square and pretty solid. The graphics on them are pretty entertaining.
Gameplay: Each player picks out a pawn and takes the corresponding pawn card to go with it. Each player is given 4 “Accuse” cards. The decks are then split into Black & White decks. They are both shuffled. Choose one of them to be the “game board” the other deck will be dealt out to the players based on the chart in the rule book. The deck that is used for the game board will be placed out in a 6X6 field.
Once all players are situated the first player will choose a number on the field that does not match a number in their hand. They do this by placing their pawn on the number and saying “I’m looking for (chosen number here)”. This is where the fun starts. The person with the corresponding number will try to secretly wink at the person asking for the number. If someone thinks they have caught someone winking they can use their accuse card to try and capture the points. Which brings us around to the guessing phase. When the turn comes around again, each player that wasn’t busted can try to guess who winked at them. This will have one of 2 possible outcomes. Either they are wrong, in which case the number you were trying to match gets flipped over on the field. If you get a match, the person who winked gets to put their copy of the number under their token card & the guessing person takes the card from under their pawn and puts it under their pawn card. Keep going until someone is out of cards & then count the cards under your pawn card to determine the winner.
Yes/No Recommend: I will admit that we only ever played this with 4 people, but the few times we did that it was loads of fun. It so funny watching all of the players of the games struggling to wink or watching everyone having a staring contest to see who is blinking. We saw so many blinks and people trying to hide their eyes from other players, while they are trying to wink at each other. I will say to be careful how you use your accuse cards because you can run out of them way too early in the game. Kid Gumshoe kept accusing people early on in the game, ran out of the cards early, and when the winking started getting out of control all she could do was watch and bite her tongue. I also found it was fun to blink at everyone when it wasn’t my turn to be blamed, while trying to make sure to blink at the person who had asked for the number I had. Make sure to play this game with family and friends, you will have loads of fun. If you play this with more than 4 people let us know. We want to know what you think of the games too.
Where To Get It: I was sent my copy, but I know I can get a copy at my local game store. So far some of Blue Orange’s products are in some of the Big Box stores, so I expect these games will make their way to shelves eventually. If you would like more information on this product or other Blue Orange products follow this link http://www.blueorangegames.com/index.php/games/wink