I met the lovely Zak and Kate from Gutter Games at BlogOn Toys recently who showed me their amazing new game, Beat That! The game is described as 'the bonkers battle of wacky challenges' and it is 100% what is says on the box! Zak and Kate actually designed this game and kindly gave me one to play with friends to see what I thought of it!
Nicky and I love a games night with friends, even more so when we've all have a few wines and we can have a right laugh playing all sorts! Last year on Boxing Day, for example, our friends D & R came over and we drank all the gin in the world and played lots of board games. They're not really massive board game people, so if they love it and want to play it again, you know the game is good. So naturally, I got them involved with helping Nicky and I review this game for Jots!
We had a couple of glasses of wine with dinner, cleared up then got Beat That! out to play with it. Nicky read the instructions out to us all, whilst I took all of the bits and bobs out of the box. It was packaged up so nicely, with random pieces in it; cups, balls and some chopsticks just as a few examples.
We got all of the props out, stacked up the challenge cards and off we went! I got the first challenge and read it out to the group. I had to place 10 cards on the table in a random order, three of them face up and blow just the face up ones off the table. There are 10 rounds in the game, you bet counters (worth 1, 3 or 5 points) as to whether you think you can do the challenge. If you do it - you can bank those points. If you lose - those points are GONE. It's interesting to see what you manage to do and what you think you will be able to smash and are actually crap at...! For me, I was crap at most of them!
Some of the challenges we faced were stacking dice on each other's foreheads, stacking cups and cards, picking a cup off of the floor with just our teeth and bouncing the balls into the cups with our elbows. As you can imagine, it was hilarious.
As I said previously, if D &R like a game enough to play it more than once, you know it's a good game. Well, we are heading off on a hot tub, forest getaway break next week and all four of us agreed that we would be taking stuff to do and this game has made it to the top of the list with all of us!
This game is so good for a group of friends or a family get together (suitable for 2-8 players aged 11+). It would also be brilliant as an ice-breaker for a hen party, or a stag party. I suppose you could also use it for real bets (using £1, £3 and £5) if you really wanted to as well. 18+ only though if you're going to gamble and do so responsibly!
I would 100% would recommend this game to everyone for any type of get together. I'm looking forward to the next time we play it already!
*Thank you to Gutter Games for gifting me this game. As usual, all thoughts and opinions are my own.*