The Worst-Case Scenario | The Tabletop Letters

Dear Readers,

Life and Death – that’s how some tests feel. What better way to test your survival skills than against your friends? Absurd situations where the #shtf abound as you race your opponents across the board. Like the reality TV show, “Survivor”, this game is every man for himself.

Can you pick the best option to see another day? Can you diagnose your friends’ injuries in the wild? Do you know the best option for fixing your car having no formal training?

Don’t leave it to the professionals! Check your theories in this game where the only thing that might be harmed is your ego.

This game is based off a book, and has been updated to a new title. I have only played the original and haven’t read the book.

Here’s the Breakdown:

  • Players: 2+
  • Playtime: 30 minutes
  • Age: 12+
  • By: University Games

Here I’ll cover this game’s accessibility, mechanics, and engagement.

Accessibility ⭐️⭐️🌑🌑🌑

While most of the situations revolve around ideas that are easily understood, they invoke a level of oversimplification that is absurd, some of the correct answers are so ridiculous they can’t really be considered practical and seem implausible if not impossible. At the same time there are ridiculously easy, common sense questions thrown in as well, and some that are not related to worst-case scenarios at all.

This game would probably not be fun for children as it’s based on multiple choice options read by your opponent. It’s pretty much black, white, yellow and a smidgen or red, so not one to break out the EnChroma glasses for.

Mechanics ⭐️🌑🌑🌑🌑

While the game had 4 tokens, the rules were unclear in how to actually play with four players. One element of the game says if 1 reads a question for 2 and 2 answers incorrectly, then 1 gets the points that 2 would have received. It didn’t cover what to do with more than two teams.

We couldn’t agree whether:

A) the reader should receive points for incorrect answers,

B) all other players should receive points for the active player’s incorrect answers, or

C) No one should receive the points the active player failed to win

After much debate, and trying to remember how we played it before, we decided that no one would receive the points.

Also, there didn’t seem to be instructions as to which side of the card the reader should use. This meant that the reader picked which of the two topics to offer to the active player.

The result was that the game ended up taking longer than expected – about two hours playing time. Also, that feature of adding points would keep all the players closer together. Without those extra points, some players lag behind when other players are getting correct answers with a 6 roll.

While we weren’t following the rules exactly … I’m still ranking it because the rules were so unclear we didn’t know what to do.

Engagement ⭐️⭐️⭐️🌑🌑

I’m giving it a three because… even though there wasn’t anything to do when it wasn’t your turn, that was okay. Often I am bored during this type of game, but I didn’t even realize how fast the time went.

Some of the questions were so funny we could hardly read them.

On the other hand, some of the questions are very similar to other questions. We just skipped those.

In Conclusion: Despite some issues with the game, it was still quite enjoyable. In fact, the people we played with decided to take it to their Thanksgiving celebration.

However, the cost point is not very desirable: the original game is $47.95 on Amazon and the newer version, “The Worst Case Scenario Game of Surviving Life” is $59.48. It’s good but it’s not that good!

Happy Gaming! Play On!

4 Comments Add yours

  1. alicegristle says:

    A bit like simplified Trivial Pursuit, then? Interesting, although I’d like to see a game where the players get points for working together, since real survival is anything but “every man for himself”. Like in the sword fight scenario? You have your buddy stab the enemy from behind. 😀

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    1. It was kinda like trivial pursuit. I enjoyed it a little more than trivial pursuit, though. Lol.

      I agree about cooperation! In fact, I’d love to see a tv show where the people get eliminated for not working together!


      1. alicegristle says:

        Actually, there used to be a talent show where choirs competed against each other. Kinda like American Idol, but with teams. Don’t know if the format saw any international popularity, though, haven’t seen it recently. Prob very popular in Latvia, though. 😀 😀

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  2. That’s pretty cool. I’ve not heard of that show. I really wish there were more cooperative things. Like there’s a Netflix show called “Sugar Rush” where teams of two compete to make deserts. I really enjoyed it.


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