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Store:  Strategy Games, Party Games
Edition:  Barbarossa


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Product Awards:  
Spiel des Jahres
Game of the Year, 1988

Ages Play Time Players
12+ 60 minutes 3-4

Designer(s): Klaus Teuber

Publisher(s): Mayfair Games, Catan GmbH

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Product Description

A modern classic, Barbarossa is a great game for a party or a relaxed evening! Enter the fantastic world of this casual riddle-solving game. Share laughs with your friends and family as you create and master riddles!

First, each player forms objects out of clay. Since the contours. So there's no need to be an artist when you mold the rough shape of a dinosaur or a bug!

"Is it a living thing?"
"Is it bigger than me?"
...these questions might bring you closer to solving the other players' riddles.

When you solve a riddle, you are rewarded with points. You can also earn points when your riddle gets solved, but only if it's not too easy and not too hard! You earn bonus points if your riddle is solved in the middle of the game, but you lose points if it is answered early (too easy) or late (too hard)! Earning points is the key to victory, so put your thinking cap on and mold your best riddles in the clay of Barbarossa!

Product Awards

Spiel des Jahres
Game of the Year, 1988

Product Information

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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.3 in 6 reviews

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Great mix of social and strategy!
January 10, 2005
What a great game! You get to play with clay just like when you were a kid, and you don't have to be embarrassed about being a bad artist since you don't want people to figure out your object first. My only complaint is that there are several weird mechanics like every scoring peice moving when a ghost gets landed on and things going backwards and several special cubes. My favorite part was playing with the clay and trying to figure out the weird creations of my Mom!
Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
Not too hot, not too cold, juuuust right.
November 28, 2002

This game is sort of a clay-sculpting game. That would normally scare a lot of people away. Bring this to the table and your Aunt Suzie is probably going to say 'Oh, I am no good at those kind of games! I can't make clay look like anything!'

Bear with me here: At the beginning, players pick two objects from a list and make clay models of both. All models are placed in the centre of the board, and players then move around the board allowing certain actions, like asking for letters in the answer, asking yes/no questions, and making guesses. Players get points for being one of the first two people to solve a clay 'riddle', and points for having people guess your riddle -- sort of.

What makes it the PERFECT game for people like Aunt Suzie is the scoring. Why? Because this is a 'Goldilocks & the 3 Bears' kind of sculpting game. People who aren't very good are probably going to do quite well! You see, you don't want to make your 'models' too bad, OR TOO GOOD, because players lose points for riddles that are guessed too early or too late. The way to get lots of points is to create models that just bear a slight resemblance to the object. People will end up in stitches trying to figure out what on earth that half-spherical orange blob with a line on it is. (Clock? Grapefruit? Compass?) It's funny to watch one or two people get an answer right away while the others are dumbfounded.

This game is unique and fun, with great graphics, some fun deduction, and 6 colors of model clay inside. Much fun, and the deduction adds a bit of brain to the game.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
by Wendy
Lots of laughs!
March 19, 2002

Played this for the first time a few weeks ago...

Players make 'riddles' (actually, just one word objects) out of clay, that each opponent must correctly guess by moving around the board asking questions outloud to the artist or obtaining the first letter of the word.

This game has a great scoring mechanism, as it discourages players from making their riddles too easy (you lose points) and also too hard, which also penalizes you. Naturally, the more riddles you unveil, the more points you will score. Each riddle is only allowed to have two players correctly guess it, and then it gets two black spears stuck through it. Very amusing. The most fun is in guessing and discovering the clay objects.

Highly entertaining...

It's definitely a 'must have' for my collection.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.

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