Stumbling though life's awkward situations one party at a time.
Oh, you are here. Umm, I wasn't quite ready to start this review. Should I...
a.) Fake a long winded opening while I try to gather my thoughts.
b.) Make a groan-worthy pun.
c.) Create an unboxing video.
Place your bets folks, It's all about how well you know your friends and how you think they will react to a fistful of cards recreating those situations that we'd all like to forget. It's Blunderful is a party game for four to eight players. Each round, a player reads off an awkward situation card, like being caught with your proverbial review pants down in the midst of writing it, and then reads off the three “solutions” to getting out of the situation. Every other player then picks which of the three (A,B,C) they think you will answer and bet five, ten, or fifteen points on how “sure” they are about your answer. Match the answer the person reading the card gives and you gain that many points. Get it incorrect and you lose said number of points. Don't worry, unlike real life, you can never go below zero points.
Despite the 17+ age descriptor on the box, the game is decidedly non-offensive. You can play this one with Granny without creating a situation that would be at home on the actual cards. Plenty of the cards do reference “your partner/significant other” so the recommended age range might be apt in that way. (Wouldn't you love to see a recommended age rating of “15+ with dating experience and the actual ability to be embarrassed”).
As you would expect from a game made by Bicycle Cards, the cards themselves are of high quality and the scoring tracks feature recessed scoring areas to place your cube so they don't slide around (and hey, we didn't have to Kickstart an expansion to get them!). The situations on the actual cards, though, are pretty hit and miss. And if you do relate to a card, sometimes the answers provided miss the actual way you would react. I often found myself at a loss as to which answer to choose on how I would respond, so I'm not sure how the other players were supposed to suss out what I would do.
I also noted that, when reading out the situation cards, we often ended up having to repeat the answers. “What was “A” again? Could you repeat “B” for me? What the heck does “C” even mean?” And in a “true” party atmosphere, when it's actually loud, it only gets worse. You always want a party game to flow easily and this was a negative towards that aspect.
It's Blunderful occasionally surges, sometimes blunders, but it is always a party. You might end up dancing with a lampshade on your head or gawkily sitting around swirling your drink...and if you end up spilling that drink on your best friend's date, at least you know there is probably a card about that.
a.) Blame the lampshade for impairing your vision.
b.) Point out that vodka and grapefruit juice will work wonders on getting rid of that cheese dip she dropped down her front earlier.
c.) Yell “Party Foul! Alcohol Abuse!” at the top of your lungs.