This is an interesting game for a group. It is definitely one of the favorites at any of the game parties I’ve been to, but at the same time, I always feel a little bit of unease while playing this game.
The games premise is pretty easy. There’s a board that has a map drawn with spots for your token to progress towards the center, and in doing so, win. Around this map is a circle where you can write your name, the names of the other players, and whatever other names you’d like with the dry erase marker that is provided. (Don’t forget to remove these names after you’re done or its impossible to get off later!) There is a token for each player in various colors, and a marker spot to go on the outer name circle. Then there is the dice, in which you know the number of spots to move the marker.
The first thing to do is choose someone to go first. They do and roll the dice and the marker is set around that many names until finally landing on one. The player reads the card which states Imaginiff…..and then gives a result with different answers directed at the person whose name was chosen by the token. (Example: Imaginiff *person* were a car, which would they be? A. Sports car B. Firetruck C. Pick up Truck D. Clown Car….etc.) At the beginning of the game each player is given some cards with sequential numbers on them. They pick their card they think best fits the chosen player and put them face down. When all are ready, these cards are turned up and the most common answer gets to move forward on the board (if you are the reading player and choose the right one then you get to move 2 spaces). There is also a challenge feature in the outside circle of names but I have to admit, we’ve always ignored it. The game continues until someone reaches the center.
This game has some interesting questions, and there is an expansion pack as well if you feel you’ve seen your original cards a million times already. I do find some flaws with the game though. You do run through these cards quick and it can become boring. There is also a great potential to offend some people. As an example, one of the cards says “Imaginiff so-and-so were a disaster” and lists several disasters including the titanic and the Hindenburg crash. Now lets be honest, no one wants to be called a blimp or a monstrosity of a ship or be compared to something that large. Sure the real intent of the game is the actual nature of the crash, but that’s not usually how its taken. And there are a lot of answers in this game that could be hurtful.
Not all of them can be hurtful though and as long as you’re comfortable with the people you’re playing with, you should be ok. As said before, its one of the favorites with the group of people I play with and no one seems too upset after a game. In fact, sometimes you can’t even hear the speaker read the card there’s so much laughing going on.
This game does move fast though! Personally I think a little too fast and that it’s over too soon, but for those that like shorter games so they move on to something else, this won’t be too bad. It is suitable for multiple players but you can’t play with too few or it just won’t work out well. I think a good minimum for this game would be 4 players, preferably more. Even if you have more players than board you can always make your own pieces and divide up the name areas yourself to let them in to play as well.
I do think its a good party game and as long as you’re careful, it can be enjoyed by all.