ATMOSFEAR DVD Board Game Review | A Fun Interactive Game for Teens & Adults
Also known as 'Nightmare', this interactive board game is the most memorable game I have ever played and is ideal for those who find kid's games too childish and want something more grown-up.
I first played the original VHS version when I was 11 years old at a sleepover with friends, and it has stood out in my mind ever since (maybe because I was slightly scared...but don't tell anyone that!)
The included DVD adds a totally new dimension to what would otherwise be a regular board game, and playing alongside a video means that the time is strictly limited - every game is completed within an hour. This is great because racing against the clock really ups the suspense, and it's fast-paced to ensure you will never get bored.
How The Game Is Played
First of all, each player chooses which character they wish to be (examples include Baron Samedi the zombie and Anne de Chantraine the witch) before placing their themed playing piece at the starting position on the board. Up to 6 players can play at a time, and it is definitely a case of 'the more the merrier'!
Next, everyone must write down their fear on a piece of paper, fold it up and place it in the 'Well of Fears' pot. This pot is placed in the center of the board and in order to finish the game, someone must reach it and pick out their own fear.
The game officially begins when the DVD does (and a timer appears on screen). The first thing you will see is the lovely gatekeeper introducing himself to his audience, in his own inimitable style. Warning: the gatekeeper may call you a worthless maggot more than once ;-)
The person to roll the highest number on the dice becomes the 'chosen one' and kicks off the game. You then simply take it in turns to roll the dice in order to move around the outside of the board, and if you land on a symbol, you follow what it means. Examples of symbols include black holes, duels, keys, fate cards and time cards. I particularly like the time cards which instruct you to do a certain action at a specific time, because they certainly do keep you on your toes.
The aim of the game is to collect a key from each of the six 'realms', move to the center, face your fear and win the game. Of course you have to factor in the fact that the gatekeeper pops up on screen frequently to either reward, punish or challenge you, so it's not all plain sailing.
One of the many fun parts of the game is that everyone must answer the gatekeeper 'Yes my gatekeeper' when spoken to. I played with my family once and hearing my dad say 'Oh master' in panic was quite hilarious!
A great advantage of the updated DVD version over the VHS version is that it can be more interactive using the remote control, plus the gameplay is selected randomly every time to ensure that you never play exactly the same game twice.
It is fantastically silly fun, and I hope nobody is too put off by the scary theme because it's quite tame and even I love it despite hating horror movies. The game provides lots of giggles and even gets the adrenalin going when the timer gets closer and closer to the end - plus it would be absolutely perfect for Halloween night!
If you are in the UK, you can find the game here on Amazon.
Also be sure to keep an eye out for the game 'Khufu' which is the newest game to be released and is very similar to Atmosfear but is instead based on Khufu who is the Egyptian mummy character.
This is the original VHS game I played when I was 11 - and I still have it in my cupboard :)
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Here is a short clip showing what verbal abuse you can expect from the gatekeeper...