PIXELATE BOARDGAME REVIEW

WE THANK RIDLEY GAMES FOR THEIR DONATION TO EVELINA CHILDRENS HOSPITAL

The life of a pixel is a terrible one. Well it was an amazing one once upon a time, when they underpinned all creativity and magic. We all can understand its journey from the humble square on a computer screen to that which is on our TV screen. But its a strange evolution for many. From the days of 2 bit, 6 bit, 8 bit, 16 bit and beyond (I remember 64 bit and also I forgot the great 128k!). One minute you are going along and revealing a fearsome monster or a cute little sprite and the next it is all ‘more clarity and better definition’. Well that was then and this is the here and now. Its a modern age of making shapes to mean things and other shapes to mean something else. Its PIXELATE! The game where players use blocks and clues, in order to make other teams see something, then guess something, then score everyone points!

THE CONTENTS

Well the box is a small, compact affair. Inside its frame is a play cloud card. Then a bunch of item cards that are either orange or blue circled. These are nicely drawn but there are not enough for lots of games. Then you have clue cards that are pixels. A group of orange blocks. Not a lot, which is beneficial. Finally a rule book in a heavily laid out text series.

SETUP AND GAMEPLAY

Frankly speaking RIDLEYS do excellent set up and play videos! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXbU4XklFTQ My only additions to this are that choose a colour set of cards per player. Then take the clue cards and start making the shapes!

WHAT WE LIKED

Making something and then getting others to interpreted the creation is a well trodden route. For want of a better analogy, we would say that PIXELATE is like PICTIONARY for the PC generation. That is personal computer and not politically correct. It fuses the themes of guessing via the drawn images, with the computers visuals that dominated our lives. It works well for any number of players and kids and adults can understand it. The orange blocks add a new dimension. Reminding me of when I first played CRANIUM.  The placement and play of the blocks mean calculated skilled and expressive visualisations are more complex then either the other games.

WHAT WE HATED

There is not enough of the cards, clue ideas and images creations from within the pack. Players might need to dig around elsewhere for inspiration.

OVERALL

A game of swift, skilled fun. Not for those without a creative bone. The game delights us in many of its joys, creative, controlled and clean.

BUY IT NOW

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ridleys-Games-GME062-Pixelate-Family/dp/B08H8T5TCN

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