I can still remember the first time I watched the classic monster movie Frankenstein. As a child I remember how fantastic it all was. To be a mad scientist with all of those wild machines that could have the possibility of bringing forth creations.

Now that I am older I still want to be a mad scientist, a more mild one, but I still feel like I want to bring forth a wild creation. And if you feel that same way then I there is a game out there for you.

From R&R Games comes the twenty minute, family friendly dice game for one to four players ranging from ages seven to adult. IGOR: The Monster Making Game is also one of the many games designed by famed game designer Reiner Knizia.

There are a total of eighteen monster cards, five dice, & eighteen chips for IGOR: The Monster Making Game. So there really isn’t much to set up to start the game. Just shuffle the monster cards, & if you want to shorten the game just remove five cards from the game. Then reveal three cards from the monster deck & place them into play.

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In a two to four player game, players will need to choose a starting player. Players will start their turn by rolling all five dice, one of the dice must be set aside. For each die that is set aside that shows a part for the monster, a player must place a chip on that corresponding symbol on one of the monster cards in play. Dice showing IGOR have no immediate effect. The current player may then either end their turn or re-roll their remaining dice.

If a player continues their turn by re-rolling then they just keep following the previous rules with placing chips.

Now if a player ends their turn, that player will win each of the monster cards that have all of their symbols covered by chips. That player must exclaim, “Pull the Switch!” & place those monster cards face-down in front of them. Then that player will replenish all cards that they won from the table. Any cards left that contain chips are available for the next player to win if they can finish the card on their turn.

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A player can lose their turn if they can not match a single die to the symbols on a monster card or if they also don’t roll a die with IGOR on it. If by chance a player does fill all the symbols on a monster card & they decide to press their luck & continue rolling & they don’t have a matching die, then that monster card gets discarded. Play will then pass to the next player.

Game will end when the monster deck runs out & the monster cards in play are completed or discarded. All players will then add up  the point value on each of their collected monster cards. The player with the most points wins the game.

For all of you solo players, you can play the game the same way as a two to four player game. However, after each turn you will discard a card from the monster deck. When all cards from the deck are gone then you have one more turn. Add up the value of each card & just keep on trying to do better each game.

So this is a really quick, family friendly game. Super easy to learn. There is a bit of a “press your luck” essence to they game. IGOR! is a great way to teach children how to push there luck without losing too much.

The only gripe I had with the game is that the box is two times too big for the components that are included with the game.

Get the sutures out, watch for the lightning, & game on!

-Christopher Richter

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