The Resistance board game by Indie Boards and Cards is an adrenaline-filled, high-stakes game of hard-fought, dramatic victories and interactions. It is not for the faint of heart or slow of mind. The Resistance pits a small group of resisters against a powerful, corrupt government in an attempt to bring it down.
FEATURES OF THE “RESISTANCE” BOARD GAME BY INDIE BOARDS AND CARDS:
- ships from and sold by Amazon.com for about $15.68
- gift-wrap available
- for 5-10 players
- 30 minutes of playing time
- recommended for ages 13-99
- includes a board to track progress, role cards, voting cards, and mission success or fail cards
- 8”x 1.8” by 6”; shipping weight: 12 oz.
PROS AND CONS:
In this game, players take on one of two roles: “good guys” (dealt at random) or “bad guys/spies.” The spies know who the other spies are, but the “good guys” are clueless. Participants try to form teams to go on missions against the government. If the team includes a spy, the group may lose that mission. If the team consists of all “good guys,”the mission will succeed. The trick is to figure out who the spies are, and each team has only five missions in which to deduce the truth, or lose their chance at freedom.
The game requires logical deduction, strategy, team playing, and social skills. Being able to read people is a great help. Who looks nervous? Who’s the best liar? Who’s trustworthy? False and misleading accusations may be thrown around as everyone is suspicious of everyone else. There is a fun and interesting social dynamic as the spies try to trick the resistance, and the resistance counters by figuring out the spies. When things begin to go wrong on a mission, then the team members can begin to figure out who the infiltrator is, and make sure he doesn’t go on future missions. Unlike some other games, there is no player elimination in this one – no one “dies” and everyone gets to play to the end; and if you are embarrassingly defeated, you can always play another game. For a twist, players might pretend the corrupt government is on Mars, or in the Middle East.
One down side to “Resistance” is getting together a large enough group to play it. It seems perfect for 7-8 participants, but smaller groups had better find a different activity. The game can erupt into shouting and colorful language, as team members disagree on who should go on the mission. It may even cause rifts in friendships or families, as players may accuse each other of lying outside of the game. The arguments can be either frustrating or exciting. Hopefully, the players will be mature enough not to take the game too seriously.
WHO WILL LIKE “RESISTANCE” BOARD GAME BY INDIE BOARDS AND CARDS?
Teenagers and adults who enjoy “Mafia,” “Werewolves,” “Battlestar Galactica,” or poker will probably like this one too. It is full of good-natured lying, accusations, and planting seeds of dissent. If you think you can look your friend squarely in the eye and lie through your teeth, “Resistance” will provide many hours of fun without becoming boring.