Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Star Wars Episodes I-III Timeline from Asmodee Games

Timeline, a fast playing,simple to learn and teach portable game thats suitable for all ages. We have had a look at other variants of Timeline, with Timeline Historical Events and of course the Version that covered the original Trilogy Star Wars Timeline
Now its time to look at The Timeline game for the Star Wars  Prequel films.
  It recommends from ages 8 up on the box, but I think this can be varied, , Olivia is 7, but loves the Star Wars films, so is not bad at it, but then when I play against my friends of similar age to me it gets real tense, and it can be mixed with the original trilogy Star Wars Timeline too for bigger games, with more challenge.  It easily plays 2-8 and is fun at all player counts.

On the back you get a lisst of the films it covers, and can see its all screenshots direct from the films.


If you love Star Wars, you may want to check out some other Star Wars games, like Star Wars Armada or perhaps flying in snub fighters is your thing, again you are covered with X-Wing Miniatures Game or perhaps you want to roleplay in exciting ground battles and sneaky missions? then Star Wars Imperial Assault

Now back to Timeline......

Lets see how it plays......




 When you pop the lid open you are greeted by a rulebooklet, and a nice tin with two inbuilt slots to stack your cards, so storage and set up is as simple as it gets.
 
All the images are screenshots from the films, ans on one side it is plain, and the other has a time index.
The basic ideas is to build a "Timeline" from earliest to latest events y slotting in your hand of cards.

 its not as easy as you may think, I am a fan and even I struggled when the timeline got long, so its a challenge, plus an excuse to watch Star Wars for research purposes of course.

 Now down to how it plays, the recommended number of starting cards is 4 per player, which does not sound like much, but if you have 4 players that's 16 cards in your timeline overall.  The rules suggest you can increase the number of cards depending on players, so for a two player game you may want 10 each, or whatever you may prefer.  The idea is to get rid of all your cards, the first player to do so wins.
  All the cards are shuffled and dealt to the players date side down.  The deck is then put to one side, and the top card is flipped over to show the date and placed in the centre.  Then the first player starts.  You pick one of your cards, and place it still date side down where you think it happened.  Did it happen before or after the main card.  Once you have placed it where you think it goes, you flip it over to show the date.  If it is correctly placed play moves on to the next player.  If the dates are wrong and not the correct order, then you discard that card and draw another from the deck.  Play continues with all players doing this until they run out of cards.  The first player to get rid of all theri cards is the winner.

 Its a great quick fun game for adults, the box states about 15 minutes for games, which is about right, though the games I have played I  found to be about 10 minutes, so its fast and does not outstay its welcome.  Its a good "filler" game, a great party game as you can play a few quick ones then move onto something else and come back to it with ease as there is so little to teach.

As with all the Timelines games, the production value is Top Notch, good quality metal tin, lovely cards and inbuilt Storage. 

 With an RRP of £13.99 its nice and cheap for some Star Wars fun, and makes a good present for any Star Wars fan too, so head on over to your local game store and grab yourself a copy.