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English language edition
List Price: $15.00
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from 13 customer reviews
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The revolutionary card game where you win by getting a head.
This irreverent and humorous card game takes place during the French Revolution. Players represent rival guillotine operators ving for the best collection of noble heads over three rounds.
Each round, twelve nobles are lined up for the guillotine. The nobles are worth varying points, depending on their notoriety. During your turn, you play action cards to change the order of the line so you can collect the best nobles. The plater with the most points at the end of the game wins.
Will you be skillful enough to bribe the guards to collect Marie Antoinette? Or will you lose points for beheading the Hero of the People?
Heads are going to roll!
Wizards of the Coast
Players: 2 - 5
Time: 30 minutes
Ages: 12 and up
Est. time to learn: 5-10 minutes
Weight: 239 grams
All-Time Sales Rank: #40
Language Requirements: Manufacturer's rules are printed in English. Game components are printed in English. This is a domestic item.
- 50 noble cards
- 60 action cards
- 1 guillotine
Average Rating: 4.5 in 13 reviews
We enjoy this game immensely. We prefer card games, but this is different than the usual "variations on a theme" that abound. The illustrations are hilarious, and we find it tickles our slightly off- beat senses of humor. It's easier to play with someone who already knows, but it's not too tough to figure out blind. We also like that it has a definite end; it makes for an enjoyable alternate when we have an evening of cards. And it always surprises the newbies!
Having only recently been introduced to games, this was the first game I bought to try out. Why did I buy it? Quite simply, it sang to me. The humor of the theme is contagious and appeals to everyone I've introduced it to. And the pictures, titles and descriptions smack of this historic period's sense of humor - a bit of good-natured bawd and clever wit. This adds to the enjoyment of the game enormously. It is quick to learn and play, with instructions on the cards providing thorough explanations of variations that might come up. I imagine it is more luck than strategy, but as I am not a particularly skilled gamer this doesn't put me off at all. I enjoy playing it frequently, and I am always looking for similar games – which would seem to me to be the highest mark of compliment. I highly recommend it for either two players or a small group.
Sorry for the bad pun in the title of this review, but playing Why Did the Chicken has deluded me into thinking I'm funny.
When I was a new gamer, Guillotine was the first game given to me as a gift. To this day it still provides a lot of entertainment and turns out differently every time.
I like the idea that practically all the nobles will inevitably lose their heads. The whole game revolves around making sure you take care of the ones the crowd hates the most. The action cards offer a lot of unique options, and very seldom is the game decided by luck. Also your strategy depends on the cards you get, so you have to adjust each game.
No other game in my collection plays quite like Guillotine, so that is a big-time plus. I have played it in groups of 2, 3, & 4 and it works great in all those situations.
I highly recommend this game for small group fun. Trust me it is a good game, and the theme isn't too dark (it is presented in a very humorous fashion).
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