THUNDERBIRDS CO-OPERATIVE BOARD GAME
released OUT NOW! 1-4 players
Publisher Modiphiüs entertainment
This Thunderbirds game pits four players against the twin perils of worldwide disasters and the devious antics of the Hood. It’s a game of resource management, making sure personnel and equipment are in the right place at the right time, averting crises and earning the bonuses needed to foil the Hood. If his third scheme is thwarted, the team wins; but if your catalogue of disasters gets out of hand, the Hood emerges victorious – “Mwahahaha!”, etc.
The game is entertaining to play as a team, and rapidly ratchets up the tension, but featuring both dice rolls and the draw of cards, it can at times be random and unforgiving. Some characters are less fun to control, too – especially John, who sits up in orbit in Thunderbird 5 and rarely gets in on the action. And there are occasions where you wait patiently for your turn only to find there’s just not that much to do – maybe move to a new location or draw an FAB card.
Still, Thunderbirds successfully delivers a different type of boardgame experience, so fans of the show or co-op gaming should definitely check it out. Steve Jarratt
Game designer Matt Leacock had never heard of Thunderbirds until he was approached by Modiphiüs’s publisher.
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