Remember how much fun it was to head to Blockbuster on a Friday night? Hoping that you would be able to score the new release before all the copies were taken? We are the last generation to experience such a joy.
As amazing as streaming Netflix is – there’s still some nostalgia that comes to mind when I remember my local video store.
While your local video rental store is almost definitely closed, thanks to Big Potato Games, we can now relive at least a little bit of the magic and pass down these memories to generations to come. There’s a new Blockbuster board game that recently launched and just looking at it brought me back to my youth. The brand new Blockbuster Party Game is set to become a new favorite on family game night.
According to a Big Potato, Blockbuster is a movie game for anyone who has seen a movie. And like all the best films it comes in two parts:
In the Movie Buzzer Battle, both teams are given a topic, such as “Movies with dogs”. You start the 15s timer, yell out a relevant movie then whack the buzzer to reset the time. The other team is now in the hot seat and has to do the same. Whoever runs out of time hands the advantage to the other team, who take control of the next round: Triple Charades Jeopardy.
In Triple Charades Jeopardy, your team has to guess the movie, while you act it, use one word or quote from it. This is where the strategy and the venom in the game comes in. The winner of Round One gets the pick of the six movies, keeps the three easiest and passes the hardest three to the other team. They then tactically place their movie cards face down, one on Act It, one on One Word and one on Quote It.
Collect as many Movie Cards in Round 2 as you can. Get your three movies correct and you can move onto the other team’s movies. The first team to finally collect a movie in all 8 genres, wins.
When discussing the game during its development phase, Massimo Zeppetelli, head of marketing for the British company behind the creation, said that they initially brought the idea to Blockbuster. “We realized if we felt such heartfelt nostalgia for picking up rentals, then others would feel the same,” Zeppetelli added.
The VHS packaging was one of the first things they decided on once they came up with the concept for the game, says Zeppetelli. “We knew we had to put it in a VHS, to remind customers of the true Blockbuster experience.”
You can get it at only two places for now: Target and the last remaining Blockbuster store in Bend, Oregon.
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