A few years ago, Lego had come out with a few board games that required players to build with Lego. One such game I remember was Creationary. It was a spin off of Pictionary, but it required players to build what was found on the cards instead of draw it. It was a fairly simplistic kid-friendly game, but in all honesty, it wasn’t really that challenging. I mean it did have it’s difficulty levels, but it wasn’t too hard. It was, in fact, a kid’s game after all.
Interestingly enough, there is another block building party game that came out recently. It didn’t involve the “Lego” brand, but I would honestly say that it is a lot more fun than Creationary.
Brick Party is a communication party game designed by Luca Bellini and is published by Renegade Games. In this game, players get into teams of two, and work together to try to build an abstract structure provided by the cards in the game. The more pieces the structure has, the more points you earn. If you complete the structure within the allotted time, the team earns the points found on the card. For each new round you switch up the teams, trying to earn points for yourself, and the player who has the most points wins.
In the set-up, give two cards of each type (5,6,7,and 8 point cards) to each player. Place the… well we can’t officially say that these are Legos, so let’s say the generic toy building blocks in the centre of the table as well as the point cards face up and the rule cards face down. Then you’re ready to play.
In Brick Party, teams of two are selected to build a complex structure. One of these two players is the “architect”, while the other is the “builder”. The architect will pick one of their eight cards, and communicate to the builder how to assemble it. In addition, one player, who acts as the leader for the round, will flip over a rule card, stating the round’s stipulation. The rule cards are challenges that put limitations on either the architect or the builder and depending on the difficulty, will be worth more points if you are able to complete the challenge first. Some examples of these rule cards include building with all but one colour, having the builder construct with their eyes closed, or having the architect only say yes or no when communicating to their builder.
Once all the players are familiar with the stipulation for the round, one player will say go and all teams will start building the structure found on the card that the architect had picked using the generic toy building blocks. Once a team completes their structure, they flip over the provided hourglass. This signals that the round is going to end. The remaining teams need to complete their structure before the hourglass expires, otherwise they don’t earn any points.
When the timer is up, all teams check whether or not the builder has finished the structure. If they did, both players earn the points found on the card. This is tabulated by one player taking the structure card, and the other player taking another random card of the same point total. Both players of the team that flipped the hourglass will also get the bonus points found on the rule card by having one member of the team take the rule card, while the other teammate take a point card.
When a new round happens, new teams, cards, and stipulations are determined. The game ends when all players act as the leader. Each player will then add up all their point cards, and the player who earns the most points wins.
I would describe Brick Party as a cute little game. The cartoons and artwork are comical and, of course, let’s not forget the fact that you’re playing with generic toy building blocks! The gameplay is really simple and easy to get into. Brick Party is also a relatively cheap game, and the hilarity that ensues is definitely worth more than its price. It is awesome to see builders try to build something without their thumbs, or have the architect not see the structure being built at all. However, I found that only the two point or three point rule cards were awesome. The one point cards where players have to build structures using specific colours, was kind of boring. I do understand that the point system was based on the difficulty of the stipulation, I just wished that there was something cooler for the one point rule cards. On that note, the game does provide a blank card, in which you can come up with your own cool rule.
I feel Brick Party also would appeal to a wide audience. I mean did I mention that YOU’RE PLAYING WITH GENERIC TOY BUILDING BLOCKS?! Many people should be familiar with these blocks already. Regardless of whether or not you are a fan of toy block engineering, Brick Party, puts an interesting spin on the communication party board game genre. You will find that people will starting coming up with their own systems of communication to get their point across, and overcome adverse situations when given specific limitations.
Brick Party is a cool party game that will get the talking going at a ging. It is a fun and casual game that many people might like and would definitely be a great ice breaker if you wanted to get to know people or find out how people really talk during stressful situations. This is definitely one to try out if you haven’t done so already.
- Quick gameplay. Easy to teach.
- A whole lotta game for such a small size and such a relatively small price.
- Witty and cute artwork
- YOU’RE PLAYING WITH GENERIC TOY BUILDING BLOCKS!
- I wish the challenges were a little more challenging.
- Would recommend that you always switch team members (no rule explicitly stating this.)
- Really simplistic game, not much depth.