Full disclosure, I’m not a huge fan of party games. Don’t get me wrong, there are some fantastic group games out there. I just find that it depends so much on the group you’re playing with. The more people you enter into the equation the more of a range you’ll get between hyper competitive and not into it at all. That said, I’ve spent many fun nights playing party games and I’m always up to give a new one a shot.
But Wait There’s More! is the hilarious new party game from Sen-Foong Lim and Jay Cormier. It builds on the 30 second pitch idea made popular in Snake Oil and Who Would Win and takes it one step further.
In BWTM players have three product descriptor cards in their hand. They can be anything from ‘Fast Acting!’ to ‘Assembles in three easy steps!’ to ‘Strong enough for even larger cats.’
A product card, like a toaster or adhesive tape comes out and one at a time each player gets to use one of their descriptors to describe a product that their company wants to produce and sell. So, if the product is pants, you may want to use your ‘Adjust to fit you!’ descriptor card for your imaginary product. Simple, right? Well here is where BWTM gets AMAZING! Halfway through your pitch you have to draw a second, random descriptor card, whilst saying ‘But wait, there’s more!’ Now you have to sell this mangled Frankenstein of a product with whatever feature comes up. All of a sudden your Self-adjusting pants also make delicious yogurt in seconds. How are you going to sell THAT?!
This is the real key fun element in the game. Seeing players’ brain churning up BS as fast as possible to explain why a towel that is aligned with your chi, also has a five prong rotating head.
Snake Oil is hilarious for different products people can come up with, but BWTM adds a random element to fantastic results.
Like most games, there is a scoring element to the game and like most party games, it’s not really that important. You can easily play this non-competitively with friends for a low pressure option.
After everyone has pitched you secretly vote 1,2 or 3 for the players, handing them face down point cards. Points are kept secret until the end of the game. You play three rounds and total up the scores at the end.
I’m going to go out on a limb and say that gamers are going to like this game. You have to think creatively and quickly and the results are pretty great. The one thing to be aware of is that it is a performance game. If your group is going to be shy about getting up and looking silly, it may not be a fit for them. As for me, I don’t get a lot of party games to the table, but BWTM will be filling that role for a while.