Franken­stein’s Bod­ies

Play­ing the face card

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Rated / Videogames Miscellaneous -

Re­lease Date: OUT NOW!

Two to six play­ers | £ 30 Pub­lisher: Yay Games

There’s noth­ing quite like plac­ing an un­wanted and in­fected leg un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously onto the edge of some­one’s oth­er­wise pris­tine ta­ble. Well, apart from send­ing your master sur­geon out to har­vest their heads. That’s pretty sat­is­fy­ing too.

The del­i­cate mul­ti­player card- jug­gling pol­i­tics of this boardgame, best ex­pe­ri­enced with as many com­pet­ing mon­ster- builders as pos­si­ble, won’t emerge un­til ev­ery­one around the ta­ble has puz­zled their way through the very- Kick­s­tarter- qual­ity man­ual. But when they do, the sim­ple con­ceit of be­ing able to play any card ( from body parts to dis­in­fec­tants and beyond) almost any­where – on your own op­er­at­ing ta­bles, or those of your op­po­nents – turns this race to as­sem­ble the per­fect mon­ster into one of de­vi­ous al­liances, be­tray­als, and get­ting up to your armpits in a bin­ful of un­wanted body bits.

Sticky vir­tual sci­ence put aside, real- life friend­ships are likely to fray when the sticky sub­ject of the de­flec­tion cards ap­pears. They don’t stop an ac­tion but… de­flect it? Some­how? It’s a tricky rule to fathom. This and other weak spots in the man­ual mean that game­play ses­sions are likely to de­volve into house- ruled lab- monsters more of­ten than not.

We should also point out – not that it mat­ters, re­ally – that the flimsy stock used for the cards and op­er­at­ing ta­bles is dis­ap­point­ing. You wouldn’t want to get a bend in your favourite torso. Alex Cox

Yay Games is work­ing on a more fam­i­lyfriendly game based on the con­cept, ti­tled Sand­cas­tles. It fea­tures naughty crabs.

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