How's your imagination today? Good we hope; you'll definitely need it for Macroscope! Lifestyle Boardgames have really impressed us with this one and have created a game that simply looks incredible. The Macroscope is a very peculiar device which enables you to peek through round holes in order to guess what image is concealed inside. Can you tell a giraffe from a pizza when using the Macroscope? Things aren't as simple as they seem...
Macroscope is a very unique way of playing an easy to learn game. We absolutely loved it and it even got our brains working overtime! The game can be played by 2 to 6 players aged 6 and up and can last approximately 30 minutes. You've never seen a device like this before!
This quirky game box really looks the part and has been designed very well to fit in with the whole game image. Inside, you'll find a lot of rather cool things and you'll even get the pleasure of building your very own Macroscope before the game begins! All the components you need to build it will be ready to be popped out of the cardboard (a very satisfying task as I'm sure many of you will know) and the instructions will tell you all you need to know to get set up quickly.
An awesome family game and one that gamers will like too!
-Game Boy Geek review
As well as the components to make the Macroscope, you'll find dice, a selection of blue and yellow gems (which are used to keep track of points throughout the game) and 200 double sided cards, which have a variety of images for you to guess throughout the game. There are also circular card tokens which are used to cover the holes in the Macroscope which are removed when guessing, and a tracker so you always know which round you're on. The stack of cards are placed inside the Macroscope with the numbered tokens placed randomly on top. When everything's set up, we're ready to play! Admit it...it looks rather impressive!
Players take it in turns to roll both the dice. The numbers on the dice tell the player which numbered tokens to remove from the top of the Macroscope. When these are removed, the image underneath can be seen. However, parts of the image remain uncovered so can be quite tricky to tell what the image is on a player's first turn! If a player can't guess the image, the game continues until another player feels confident enough to make a good guess. When a player guesses correctly, the image is removed and placed to one side. Be sure the put the number tokens back onto the Macroscope before you remove it!
I like the device and the concept of the game; a fun and interesting party game too!
- The Dice Tower review
Now for those shiny gems...when a player guesses the drawing correctly they receive a gem for each number token that is left on the Macroscope (as well as a pat on the back!) These are victory points for the player; the quicker it takes for a player to guess the image, the more victory points they receive! The yellow gems are worth 1 victory point and the blue gems are worth 5 victory points. The winner of the game is the player who has the most victory points after 10 rounds.
Macroscope is a fantastic tool to engage the imagination and to get you thinking about different possibilities. There are some strategy elements to the game, such as is it worth taking a risk and guessing early or should you hang on and guess when you are certain? We think this is a brilliant game which will bring endless fun for those family nights in!
A quirky little game like Macroscope is definitely worthy of a place in our 12 Days of Gaming! Keep a look out for a question about Macroscope on our social media; answering the question, sharing a competition and tagging a friend will ALL get you entries into our prize draw. This year, you could win a HUGE games pack with old and new games worth several hundred pounds. This is not to be missed!
Please note, we're NOT including the games from the 12 Days of Gaming promotion in our competition. This is purely because stock is extremely limited and can be purchased on a first come first served basis from our website. We regret that we are unable to ship prizes and 12 Days of Gaming items outside the UK.
Macroscope is available in store and online now. Click here to be taken to the page and make a purchase; stock is limited!