Ultimate Werewolf Hidden Identity Game Overview

Will the werewolf get you tonight? - SahmReviews.com


I have a confession to make. What we’ve been telling you isn’t entirely the truth. Well, it is. Kind of. But there’s more to the story and I need to get it off my chest.

Scott and I often talk about our weekly board game meet-up at the local college. We go every week unless we’re at an all-inclusive resort or have some activity for the kids. We gloat about how our kids love us so much and enjoy playing board games with us until the late hours of a Friday evening. That’s where things aren’t quite as cut and dry.

They do enjoy playing games with us and regularly sit down with the group to kick our butts at some cool strategy games. What I failed to admit is that there is one game that will tear them away from us in a split second: Ultimate Werewolf from Bezier Games.

The Ultimate Werewolf group is at it again during our game meet-up! - SahmReviews.com

The minute they see the werewolf group gathering, they’re gone. History. Mom who? We don’t see them until we’re ready to leave at 10:30 or 11pm when we let them know it’s the last game for them for the evening.

You know what? I’m happy about it. They have discovered that they can have fun playing games without us with an ever-changing landscape of other individuals. It’s truly a social game!  I decided to capitalize on Scott’s current kick of “big game in a small package” theme and tell you all about this pied-piper of a game.

It’s an extremely simple card game that can accommodate anywhere from 5 people to 30 or 6 people to 75 depending on whether you have the ultimate revised or deluxe edition. Everyone is given a random card from the deck of roles including villagers and werewolves along with special characters such as a seer, witch, robber, village idiot, drunk, spellcaster or old hag. The goal of the game is to kill the werewolves before they kill all the villagers. Communication takes place through a moderator as he tells the players to open and close their eyes at certain points in the game. During the silent portion of the game, thumbs up and pointing occur between players. Each round at night the werewolves get to eat someone.

Ultimate Werewolf voting has begun! - SahmReviews.com

During the day, everyone votes to hang someone they believe to be a werewolf. Before a vote happens, players plead their case as to why someone should be put to death then that individual is allowed to rationalize why it should be someone else and not them. During voting, thumbs up means someone lives and thumbs down means they die. Each round players evaluate what people said, who they voted for and whether someone is being truthful. The game sounds morbid but honestly it isn’t. It’s a social deduction game relying on skills of deception and persuasion as players secretly swap roles with someone else, try to convince the others that they aren’t a werewolf and why someone they know is an innocent should be convicted.

Ultimate Werewolf goal: Keep the villagers alive! - SahmReviews.com

The only pitfall is that it can last several rounds depending on how many people are playing and how they play out their roles. That’s where One Night Ultimate Werewolf comes in. With the same base game, the roles are slightly different, accommodates up to 10 players and lasts about 10 minutes. Players need to work quickly because they only have one night to solve the mystery of who the werewolves are. This quick turnaround time gives players the ability to play multiple times allowing a lot of diversity as they will probably have a new role when the next game starts.

Ultimate Werewolf Daybreak changes things up with different roles plus artifacts. - SahmReviews.com  Werewolves take on a different look in One NIght Ultimate Werewolf Daybreak. - SahmReviews.com

One Night Ultimate Werewolf Daybreak removes the villagers and moderator while introducing artifacts as a new component. While we have played these as a family, they don’t have the same feel as with a larger group so plan to gather up some friends when you are ready to play! Whether you are looking for a long game or a short one, the Ultimate Werewolf series has you covered.

Prefer vampires over werewolves? Tune into Bezier Games’ Facebook and Twitter pages for updates on the release of their next iteration of this game: One Night Ultimate Vampire scheduled for January 2016! Looking for something a little more suburban? Then check out Suburbia. Stay tuned as we will be sharing another Bezier Games favorite, Castles of Mad King Ludwig!

Would you let your kids run off to be “attacked” by werewolves?

42 thoughts on “Ultimate Werewolf Hidden Identity Game Overview

  1. I think I might know someone who would love the Vampire Game–she love the Vampire books and can’t get enough of them–bet this would be the perfect Christmas gift for her!

  2. I need to find someone close to where I live that has One Night. My wife is a big fan of Werewolf. I am not as much as I played it a bunch during college in games that could take a very long time and be quite heated. One Night may be a good mix for us, scratching that itch for her and fitting into a more friendly timeframe.

  3. I prefer games that are quick and do not last much time. Have to check out the One Night Ultimate Werewolf! Sounds like a lot of fun and a great way to further develop the observing skills.

  4. This is one game I just cant bring myself to purchase. I have yet to play a few rounds, so Im trying not to pass judgement on whether Ill enjoy it or not, but I just cant bring myself to purchase this one.

  5. I have not heard of this game before and as I can see how some people would like it, I don’t think it would be the type of gamed I’d enjoy playing or play with the kids. What is the age level suggested for this game?

  6. I have never heard of this game but it sounds really interesting! I agree on the pitful being length – I do love when a game offers a shortened version when time is tight.

  7. This game sounds awesome and super interactive, which would be great for a family gathering, kids party and so much more. To my inexperienced gaming mind, it almost seems like a fun twist on Clue.

  8. This is a super-fun social game – more like a social activity really. It only comes out during the holidays when we have lots of relatives visiting who prefer light, shorter games. This one fits the bill perfectly and is a blast to play with young and old alike.

  9. You should come play with us at our convention dedicated to social deception games, Decepta Con. We started it as a way to get together more frequently than once per year at Dragon Con to play Ultimate Werewolf with a large group of players. It is 3 full days of Werewolf, hosted at a hotel in Atlanta. President’s Day weekend, Feb 16-19, 2018. @condecepta on Twitter, @Decepta.Con.ATL on Facebook and DeceptaCon.net on the web. It is free to attend, but we fund the space to play via GoFundMe!

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