Game Review: List It
Posted On April 27, 2020
# of Players: As many as you want (min 2)
Time: You set the number of points (20-30 recommended)
Age: 7+ (reading involved)
Game Type: Trivia
Gamer Type: Casual/Party
Party games are fun, but they tend not to do well in our system. When they are going up against high strategy game and mechanic driven board games, we see that they tend to get low scores. List it from Analog Games is the next contender in this massive genre. Does it have what it takes to be a “king of trivia games” or will it fall short into the Jester Category?
The story of the game is a difficult topic for all trivia games. Most of these games ask questions and that is it. List It follows suit in this area, but with a twist. The questions in the game look into your opponents, which makes “you and your friends” the story of the game. So I guess the story tends to rest on your friends, but as they are your friends the game earns a 6 out of 10 for the interesting approach.
Art and Mechanics
The artwork of the game is simple, but it draws the player into the game. Honestly, the artwork is more of a “road sign” for the mechanics, so we are looking at both categories together. The artwork earns a 4.5 out of 10. The mechanics are interesting. The best way I can describe them is “reverse Scattergories.” In List It, you write down five answers to a given topic. The goal of the game is to match the answers of your opponents. With many games in this genre having you try to “guess things that others do not,” this is a massive challenge for some people. This is a simple mechanic (there are five topics on each card) and it earns Analog Games’ List It 6.5 out of 10 for this category.
Strategy in this game does not follow our four-part system, but that does not mean it lacks strategy. The goal of the game is to pick a topic you know you can match one of the other players, but you think the person you are matching with is the only person who will have matches and those matches are with you. Without a deeper strategy element, we have to give a 4 out of 10 for this category. While seemingly low on a 10 point scale, this is good for a trivia game.
When it comes to novelty, we are looking at an 8 out of 10. The topical aspect of the game has been done to death, but the fact you have to match, rather than dodge, is a great change of pace. I think this makes the game more of “knowing your friends” and less of “outwitting opponents” than anything else. Games that bring people together are important, especially during these troubling times.
List It is a King of Trivia Games
So with List It, Analog Games breaks the model and become a King of Trivia Games. With a score of 29, this is a monster of a trivia game. It is fun and anyone can play it. While the NSFW questions may get racy, the wording of the questions is not “in your face” so younger players can play (just agree not to use that category). This is a fast-paced game that everyone can enjoy, I highly recommend it for parties.
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Dr. Christopher Smithmyer is a writer for NRN, the Vice President of International Affairs at Brav Online Conflict Management, and an Adjunct Professor of MBA Business at Doane University. He is also part of the founding team at BlackWalletLTD, one of the leaders in stable coin 2.0 ecosystem maintenance. Dr. Smithmyer’s focus is international business and finance, along with reviews of board games, weapons platforms, and survival items.