We have been playing the Countdown board game, so today I’ll share our thoughts on it with a review, along with offering one of you the chance to win a copy…
Countdown is one of the longest-running and most iconic quiz shows on British television.With its distinctive music and compulsive game-play, the show has recently been given a new lease of life – and audience – through the 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown adaptation on Channel 4. Now you can play along as the stars do and hope to achieve a nine letter word or the elusive target number before the 30 seconds expire.There’s also the Countdown Conundrum, where you need to be quick off the mark to spot the jumbled up word before your fellow contestants.And for a real feeling of “being there”, the familiar music will count you down so you don’t have to take your eyes off the page as you try to win the game that has become a true household name since it launched Channel 4 back in 1982.
Also available from your friendly local game shop.
If you’ve seen the show, then you will find playing this game is just like that. It follows the same format and so is easy to get into and play.
The box includes a board game, timer, cards for the letters and numbers rounds as well as several conundrums. There are then scoring pads and pencils along with a die to generate the numbers round total.
You play four letters rounds, trying to score the longest word each time from the letters available, before moving onto the numbers round. Again, there are numbers selected and you throw the die three times to generate your three digit target number. You score if you gain the highest letter words and get closest to the number target in each round, the same as the show. You repeat these rounds, with the game culminating with the conundrum. This is cleverly done as you all look at the anagram, and when someone thinks they have it, they use the little red screen to check the correct answer.
Oh, and every round is done to the sound of the countdown timer, which adds authenticity and pressure to proceedings!
This game is just like the TV show and translates to a board game very well. I like that they have kept it true to the show and haven’t made any attempts to over complicate a straightforward and engaging game.
The recommended age is 8 years and up, though my 6 year old enjoyed joining in with us, too. For young children, it’s a great way to get them thinking about words, though the numbers round was too challenging for her. From an adults point of view, it’s a simple set up and the chances are that everyone you play with will understand how to play as how many of us have never watched Countdown?!
Though there is a score pad with several rounds, it is really up to you how long you choose to play this one for, making it versatile enough for a quick game or hours worth of play.
If you enjoy playing along to the TV show, then you’ll love playing this one at home.
I now have a Countdown board game up for grabs. To be in with a chance of winning it, enter using the rafflecopter below. The competition is open to UK entrants only and closes at 12am 26th September 2016. Good luck!
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Disclosure: We received the game FOC for the purposes of this post, and the post contains affiliate links