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You've Been Framed

You've Been Framed

Fall 2017 Games
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: Getta1Games
Price: $24.95
Review:

You've Been Framed is a fast-paced game from Getta1Games that challenges each of up to four players to be the first to reproduce the pattern on the game card, using a set of colored frames. The easier patterns are flat arrangements on the table, but as patterns become more challenging, they sometimes require tower-building. The fastest player ends the turn by striking the buzzer, which echoes out "You've been framed!" The first to strike the buzzer wins the card (unless they make a mistake, in which case the player loses a card); the first one to collect ten cards wins the game.

The game includes 100 unique patterns (50 doubled sided cards), which are rated from easiest to hardest. The cards can be played in numerical order to help players develop the game skills, or shuffled to make each game randomly challenging. Random play was more fun in our experience, because the easy cards kept the game moving quickly, and the challenging cards kept the game interesting for all players. In a typical game with three players, more than a quarter of the game cards will be used, so players will typically start seeing repeats in only a few games even if the cards are played in order.

The game design requires evenly-matched players; younger players or those with less dexterity will likely become frustrated playing against older siblings or family members, which makes this a better game to play with friends than with parents. The game requires rapid spatial reasoning; we saw players improve in this skill even over the span of a single game.

In our testing, we found the ominous tones of the "You've been framed!" buzzer to be off-putting; we would have preferred a more classic bell or electronic tone. Fortunately, in actual game play the goal of speed quickly overcomes any reluctance to cause the buzzer to sound. And in answer to the potential for pattern repetition, we suggest ramping up the challenge by using a timer.

Emily Crawford   ©2017 Parents' Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master's in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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