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Our review of Risky Chicken, what we have to say about the light-hearted, carefree presser of Luck and the board game Prisoner’s Dilemma. The game consists of a series of lifts, each involving two players, the leader and his chosen assistant. The higher players climb the mountain, the higher the potential payout, but also the risk of falling, so it is advisable to watch out. At each level of the mountain, the leader and assistant discuss whether to continue the climb. It’s a simple, straightforward game that has a lot of depth thanks to player interaction.
We looked at fun, replayability, player interaction, quality, graphics and style to arrive at the overall result of our Risky test. See the breakdown by category below.
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Fun (7 of 10)
As for the fun part of the Risky Chicken review, we give it a perfect 7 out of 10. Although the game is very simple, the interaction and your own inner turmoil make it fun and engaging. The first one to have a certain number of coins wins, and the road to it is always interesting. First, you play for luck, rolling the dice to get more, and it gets harder and harder, so knowing when to stop is very important. That in itself would be funny, especially with all those chickeny words to make fun of, but then it’s associated with having to bring someone along and generally agreeing with each other, but always with the fear that they could turn on you at any moment.
They do the easy thing, but each path has many options and things to consider. You have a lot of freedom in your decisions and every action you take follows you throughout the game. It’s fascinating in many ways, and it’s a lot of fun.
Reproducibility (6 of 10)
We give a good 6 out of 10 points in the reproducibility section of our Risky Chicken review. Since most of this game is about fighting with your position relative to other players, it’s easy to play this game over and over again. The game mechanics do not become redundant, as they are merely a tool to explore some of the unique traits of humanity. It’s not about climbing a mountain the right way, it’s about relying on luck and standing up for it.
Other than that, not much changes, so after a while you really feel like you’re playing the same game over and over again. Depending on who you’re playing with, the novelty of knowing when to stab yourself in the back isn’t as exciting. One aspect that changes and keeps things interesting are the turn cards for the chickens. They can only be used once, but they essentially act as a player’s variable power, and if you’ve ever experienced something like this, you know that even the smallest pros and cons can completely turn the game on its head.
Interaction between players (8 of 10)
For the player interaction section of the Risky Chicken review, we give it a fantastic 8 out of 10 points. The game uses the prisoner’s dilemma mechanic, a terribly underutilized mechanic in the board game world that is perhaps one of the best ways to bring player interaction into board games. Originally formulated by the American mathematician Albert W. Tucker, it is a paradox in decision analysis in which two people acting in their own interest do not obtain the optimal result. A typical prisoner’s dilemma is such that both parties choose to protect themselves at the expense of the other.
The way it is used here is that the player has one turn to try and climb the mountain. Going higher becomes riskier, but the payouts are better, but they have to take a sidekick in the form of another player. To climb the mountain, you must secretly agree to take the same step. This would lead to the most ideal situation, but a person could lie and put themselves in a position where they would get it and lose their partner. Crossing the line between trusting your partner and not trusting your partner is the basis of this game, which creates a psychological riddle that makes the interaction between the players very enjoyable.
Quality (7 out of 10)
For the Quality section of the Risky Chicken review, we give it an excellent 7 out of 10. If you can get an incredibly simple, yet reliable and satisfying game, you’ve won. The most popular board games in the world are those whose simplest rules achieve this goal. Risky Chicken contains only two mechanics, the Luck Shift and the Prisoner’s Dilemma, divided into concise and well-balanced gameplay. That is commendable.
As for the packaging in general, it’s generally well done. The parts are good and do their job. The performance will not surprise you, but it is solid and will certainly stand the test of time.
Art and style (6 of 10)
For the art and style section of Risky Chicken’s review, we give it a good 6 out of 10 points. It all fits well into the overall chicken theme, but it all feels a bit generic. The game board for example is rather large with almost nothing on it. Either cover is nice, but the choice of typography seemed thoughtful. This is all well and good, but it’s not a strong argument.
A fun style piece are the chicken tower cards. These are specially designed tricks that you get randomly at the beginning of the game and that you can use once. There are 12 of them, and they are all well-crafted puns and chicken jokes. Watch out for a chick that can resurrect chickens from the dead, or a fowl that mischievously takes the place of another chick, or maybe just a spring chick that lets you take a big high jump. They are funny, witty and fit the theme well.
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Risky Chicken is a very simple and straightforward board game that softens the mechanics of Push your Luck and Prisoner’s Dilemma to provide a streamlined and engaging experience against the backdrop of a fun world full of chicken talk. You have a lot of freedom to make decisions, and since the way you act affects specific aspects of human nature, the player interaction and replayability is very good. This cartoonish, not-so-serious title is well put together and is suitable for all players, from the whole family to a lively competition between career players. This was our review of Risky Chicken, we hope you enjoyed it!
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