Playing board games in real Life


The product of a partnership with game giant Hasbro, the collection will include real-world versions of Words With Friends, Draw Something, CityVille and FarmVille. Priced between $9.99 and $39.99, depending on the game, each title also comes packaged with a little something –- such as $50 in Farm Cash –- that you can use in the digital version of the game.

We were able to get an early preview of some of the games, set to hit store shelves this month, this past week in our San Francisco office.

Draw Something

Of the bunch, Draw Something was the biggest hit in our office. While the game is definitely based on Pictionary, gameplay is different enough that it feels like a new game. Players draw a card — the game comes with 180 — and select whether they want to draw a picture for one, two or three coins.

Once a word has been selected, the card is turned over and placed on the top of the player’s drawing pad for other players to see. Each card has letters printed on the back that are included in whatever word is trying to be guessed, so players can use those letters to help them make more educated guesses.

Zynga-board-games-bring-your-facebook-favorites-to-real-life-review--91593188c5Unlike Pictionary, there’s no time limit for how long you can draw or how long you can guess. The only rule? You can only use one sheet of paper.

Much like the digital version of the game, if someone guesses a drawing correctly both artist and guesser earn coins. If everyone gives up, the game just continues to the next person at the table. The first player to 15 coins wins.

Draw Something sells for .99.

Hungry Hungry Herd

Much like its name suggests, Hungry Hungry Herd is a new take on Hasbro’s Hungry Hungry Hippo game, featuring farm characters from Zynga’s FarmVille. Players can choose between Gobbling Horse, Munching Pig, Snacking Sheep, or Chomping Cow to get their snack on, and game play consists of counting down -– the rules actually say yell “1, 2, 3, Go!” — and then trying to gobble up more snack that your opponents. The winner gets to select what animal he or she plays with next.

Hey, you're posting on an Internet Messageboard....

by HaightStreetHussy

...not having a private conversation IRL. That means, anyone who posts on the board is allowed to chime in, and that includes myself (much to your chagrin.)
And I wasn't playing games with that person whose loved one committed suicide. I consider your assumption that I was, to be the *ultimate,* in 'stooping really low.'
I will ALWAYS extend a helping hand to those who are suffering through experiences that I personally have managed to deal with in my REAL LIFE, be it: alcoholism, suicide, and any other of life's tragedies that I have successfully dealt with.
Shame on YOU, Ivan.

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Other things to consider: Xbox Live Indie games has some real gems on the cheap; PS3 has had a really fantastic year and a half (aside from, you know, the PSN issue) and has been hitting the 360 hard with their exclusives on cross-platform games, as well as with their PS3-only titles; on top of that, the newly-announced PSP Remastered series will be bringing in previously-exclusive PSP titles; the Wii, though when it's solid it's really solid, has more or less run its course--but its comparatively cheap pricing and Netflix integration helps a heap.
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