E3 - Ebola Monkey Hunt: Third Edition
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In E3 you are a special operative in the Center for Disease Control's Crisis Response And Prevention team. Your mission is to retrieve Ebola-infected monkeys from office buildings with ill-concieved floor plans. Be the first to retrieve one monkey from each of the four sites in the building, and you win. Be careful, though, your opponents have the same mission, and everyone is armed with tranquilzer dart guns and other nasty surprises.
I already had the first edition, and this was a must-have. The rules were changed for the better, the quality of the components was higher, the jokes were better... What more could I ask for in a microgame featuring monkeys and the ability to shoot other players? EMH 3 is a board game where players must pick up monkeys (most of which have wierd and funny powers) to a secure 'cool zone.' They can shoot other players with tranquilizer darts and steal their monkeys. Option cards, which are gained on low movement rolls, can help players move, steal monkeys, get rid of someone else's monkey, and alter the game play in nearly every way possible. This game is great as long as it is NOT taken seriously. But then again, how can a poser goth monkey be taken seriously?
With the correct group of fun-loving, non grudge-holding, potentially inebriated comrades, this game is a riot. My good friend Edward Testa introduced me to this game, and I had a blast chasing one of my other friends all around the lab. I even stole his laboriously acquired, Ebola-ridden, flesh-eating monkey from the remains of his corpse directly before his safe return to the 'cool zone'. This is when you need a good-hearted group that will not take events seriously, as a nudge could easily destroy the game at this point.
In the end, this is a great game for a group that likes to (and is able to) write their own rules and is willing to call a game at any time, even if it is not 'finished' yet. I gave it four stars because there are certain rules that you will have to rewrite, and confusion before this point can slow the game down.
I had high hopes for this game when I ordered it, but it really wasn't what I had hoped. The monkeys were all different from the first edition, and they were more just silly than funny. The extra cards also didn't seem very interesting (ie. they repeat too often). The game-play is a lot like the old roborally, which could be good, but here it's just kind of a rip-off. The idea of this game is still amusing, but I think it could have been done much better.