For those of you who are not familiar with the board game Concept, congratulate yourselves. You must be smart, intelligent people with good taste. I don’t want to spoil this review, but I’ll give you a hint: I do not like this game.
Is Concept the worst game ever? Probably not, but it definitely gets an honorable mention in that category. Here is how to determine if Concept is for you.
Do you like Charades? No? Wonderful, we can be friends. If you do not like Charades then you will not like Concept as they are the exact same game. But Concept has a box! And a game board! Well, you got me, they aren’t the exact same.
Concept is Charades without the acting. Does that sound fun? Here’s another hint: it isn’t.
Instead of acting out a word or phrase, the active player places game pieces on different spaces on the game board that represent common Charade-like themes, such as a color, big/small, person, object, etc.
I just put my primary game piece on “object” and a secondary game piece on “big”, start guessing! Each card has a set of three words/phrases containing three words/phrases of increasing difficulty. A card could start off with something seemingly easy like “Tractor” or “Shell” and end with “Make a fresh start” or “Breaking the silence”. The challenging phrases are in fact difficult. Try guessing “Delusions of grandeur”, “Forbidden City”, or “The road to hell is paved with good intentions” by placing stupid markers on icons. The name of this game could easily be “Frustration” as that is more descriptive of how you’ll feel when trying to guess someone else’s clues. When everyone gives up and the answer is reveled, everyone immediately groans and says, “Why didn’t you put the markers here and here; I would have immediately guessed correctly if you would have done that.”
If you like Charades and you go to parties where playing Charades is the most fun part of the party, then Concept might be just the game for you. Unless of course you like the acting part of Charades, then this game will suck for you just like it sucks for everyone else.