Cheapass Games comes another strange idea... marketing body parts. In
this game the players are shopkeepers in a town of aspiring mad scientists.
Of course the players are not the ones that determine the fads of the
town, a certain Dr. Victor Frankenstein is the trend setter, roaming
the town and causing the young scientists to jump at whatever he looks
Your role in the game is to make the most money in this market of
madness. Build your shop and set your prices in a way that will interest
the buyers. If you have the best price in town, you will get the business
- but will you make enough profit. If you raise your price, beware
of fellow shopkeepers that could undercut your price, leaving you
overstocked with an item that buyers have lost interest in.
Cheese, Mold, Lurds, along with your more usual Hands, Feet, and
Nervz are some of what you market, but the game also has other interesting
spins, such as riots and a roaming monster which can disrupt your
marketing strategy. Planning for future moves along with some tricky
undercutting have allowed me to do very well in this game.
Although the package says that the game is for 4-10 players, but
I haven't seen how it makes much of a difference having only 3. One
thing that I have heard would improve the game is for the players
to draw for cards at the end of the turns instead of the beginning,
since there is some time were the game stalls while waiting for a
player to decide what to do with new cards, and of course that would
be a simple change (which could also help shorten play time which
averages 90 minutes). The game was not too difficult to catch onto,
even though we did missinterpret the rules slightly during the first
game. If your are interested in an interesting game of "buy low -
sell high" check this game out.