Bakushow

Just to be completely unclear, I don’t know whether this is a review of Bakushow. In fact, I’m not convinced that you can really review Bakushow. The internet thinks you can, of course, but the wide range of scores suggests that even if it can be reviewed in the traditional sense, it’s probably not worth it. So what am I doing here? Waffling on a bit, it seems.

Bakushow is a facilitator of games, rather than a game in itself, and you can’t play alone. One player draws something on their screen that constitutes a challenge – a question, a drawing to be completed, whatever they like – and that gets sent to the other one to three players. Everyone then draws something in reply, either from scratch or by adding to the original drawing. The player who set the challenge then reveals the replies to all players, and they vote for the winner.

So you could argue that it’s pretty much pointless, in that it offers no entertainment in and of itself.

But the back of the box suggests that it’s ideal for holidays, so I dutifully took it with me when I went away last week. Unsurprisingly, it’s as entertaining, funny, daft and bizarre as you and the other players can be bothered to be. So actually I found it to be rather entertaining, funny, daft and bizarre.

But does it add enough to a social situation to be worth paying for? Not in most cases, I wouldn’t have thought.

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