Board to be Wild Reviews:
Netflix Queen's Gambit THE BOARD GAME!
If you’ve seen the recent Netflix hit series, then you’d be forgiven for thinking that surely a board game based on the series would just be chess. However, there are two interesting twists introduced by this game: you can play with up to 4 players, and you only have 1 piece that you can move, which you pre-program!
On your turn:
- You reveal the first of your three pre-programed cards in your facedown row, and your piece becomes the revealed piece (rook, knight, bishop or queen).
- You’re then able to make one move, ideally taking the highest value token on the board, and potentially ruining the plans your opponents have been making.
- Finally, you program your next move, and draw a new card.
Things we missed:
- More of a link to the series (pictures, story, drugs etc.)
- It was odd that you could set the tokens to either side (black or white)
- Scenarios could easily have been from historic chess games
Things we could have done without:
- Using that ONE picture from the show everywhere
Things that were just right:
- The brightly coloured wooden player pieces, individually wrapped in crinkle paper
- Low rules overhead, so you can get it to the table fast
- The compelling chess puzzle incorporating programming your moves
- Game does not outstay its welcome
Overall, this fast-paced filler game feels like a fun chess puzzle, and may even be a good way to introduce new players to chess.