Quick Look: PinPoint
Designers: Brett Sobol, Seth Van Orden
Artists: Matt Paquette & Co.
Publisher: Nauvoo Games
Year Published: 2022
No. of Players: 2-99
Playing Time: 30 minutes.
From the Publisher:
PinPoint is a 3-in-1 party game in which you must make clever use of comparisons in order to win. Here are the three ways to play:
- 1-100: The recommended starting game mode. Using a comparison of two extremes, one player gives a clue to help others guess a specific number between 1 and 100.
- 1-10: The best game mode to get to know other people. Teams of two players answer questions on a scale of 1 to 10 and win by answering the most similarly.
- LEAST-MOST: The quickest game mode to learn. Vote which person or famous character is least/most likely to do something. Consistently pick the most popular answers to win.
Contents include: 28 Number Cards, 54 PinPoint Cards, 80 Character Cards, 8 Dry Erase Boards, 3 Game Mode Rulebooks, 1 Game Overview, 8 Markers, 1 Die, 8 Player Tokens.
Disclaimer: The publisher provided the prototype copy of PinPoint. The opinions expressed in the review are completely my own.
This game was really fun! There are 3 different game modes in the box, and when polled afterward, our playtest group was about evenly split on which of the 3 was the player’s favorite.
The 3 modes play as follows:
1-100 the active player gets a randomly assigned spectrum from 1-100 that represents some concept like short to long or old to new. Then the clue giver gets a randomly assigned number like say 28 and has to give a clue without numbers or specific words to get others to guess as close to that number as possible. An example was my brother in law who rolled up the short to long scale and gave “house” as the clue to get people to try to guess 24 in his mind a house was longer than a number of things but much shorter than most really long things. Surprisingly enough it got a decent number of numbers within 10 which is how close you have to be to score. There are bonuses for matching the number or getting closest. Whoever has most points at the end wins.
1-10 is a different game where teams choose their own character range. We saw ranges like “on a scare from Oscar the Grouch to Eregorn” or “on a scale of Harry Potter to Gandalf” OR from “The Tabernacle Choir to Evil Kneevil” it lead to some very interesting comparisons like how Beethoven is being a CEO on a scale from Beethoven to Jackie Chan. It was delightfully ridiculous and there is even a point chart so that you can see that your low points are much more expected than you might think :).
Least and Most has a Dixit style range of 6 cards that everyone votes on, however you aren’t choosing them. So you will be voting on whether Vader, Florence Nightengale, Grogu, or Ghandi are most or least likely to …say please or thank you, or maybe pick their nose in public, etc. The more votes that you match each round with other voters the more points you get.
We loved all 3 games and they play very differently! They are really replayable by shifting teams or scales. It plays quickly and is super family friendly. The games are hard and require abstract thinking without turning general players away. We would gladly stock this game in our store and I will be happy to play it every time it is requested. Our only problems with it are that the instructions are not necessarily the most intuitive. We made it there eventually but for how simple the game is to actually play (Simple is not easy in this case) it took too long to puzzle through the rules as written, but even with that it was worth the puzzlement. Each of these games is a solid 7/10 with people that love that game getting 9/10 worth of enjoyment from it. That comes from a diverse playgroup with all different ages and abilities. The fact that the 3 are materially different enough to appeal to different people and all 3 come in the box makes this a solid 9.5/10 on my scale of games worth picking up to play with anyone, from intro gamers to serious gamers.
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