10 D.o.T.G. – Scream Machine
We’ve found so many great games at yard sales and thrift stores this summer that we decided to show you more than the typical one per week! For the next 10 days we’ll introduce you to a Thrift Treasure that you’ve probably never seen or heard of before. For our fourth feature, we bring you Scream Machine by Jolly Roger Games.
Sometimes we find out the adage of “big things come in small packages” is an accurate statement. That is definitely the case with Scream Machine by Jolly Roger Games. What appeared to be a simple card game turned into multiple rounds of fierce strategy and enjoyable game play.
First things first, you need a BIG area to play this game. What you see above is only the starting point with a pool of cards in the center, cards in front of each player, pairs of cards between each player and the required draw and discard piles. Designed for at least 3 players, make sure you have the table space before you start.
Scream Machine is a game about building an amusement park to attract customers. These customers can have different tastes, such as thrill rides, kiddie rides, water rides, etc. They might also be classified as “Cheapskates” and only prefer the least inexpensive park to visit.
You play as many rounds as there are players, and during each turn you are allowed up to four actions where you can build additional rides, advertise, swap out available rides for new offerings or even peek at the cards between you and your opponent. How you spend your actions directly impacts the end of each round and to which park (yours or an opponents) the customers choose to visit.
Each customer is worth one point and the player with the most points at the end of the game wins. Ties are ties.
This is not a game you’ll break open and start playing in 10 minutes, you really have to dig into the instructions to get a full grasp of the nuances of the rules. Part strategy and part luck-of-the-draw, I see Scream Machine remaining on our lower game shelf (the one everyone can reach) for a while. We couldn’t determine if it was still in print by looking at Jolly Roger’s website, but copies are available on Amazon for around $25.
7 thoughts on “10 D.o.T.G. – Scream Machine”
Oh that game looks like so much fun! My kids would seriously love it! They are always asking to play board games!
How fun is this? Now that my daughter is in 2nd grade, our whole world of games has opened up – she’s reading!!! It changes everything. I hadn’t heard of this game before but will be checking it out now….sounds like fun!
Such a great time – I want to play at your house and this game is very reasonably prices!
I love the concept of that game. It’s like the first generation of the Sims Family game. Hope you have many more fun family game nights.
My kids would love this game! We are always looking for new games to play.
How fun.. this looks like another great find.. I love your game reviews.. I already bought a few for the kids for Christmas (I know.. I’m starting early) and can’t wait to get playing with them. I think this one will be on the list for me to get, too. Thanks for sharing all these unique game finds, would never have heard about them without you.
I love the colorful graphics on these cards. It’s definitely a creative way to spend fun family game nights.