So, I'm doing the Mindflex game review, and I start thinking about the evolution of classic board games. Personally, I like the fact that many of them got a 21st-century makeover. These 10 games may have purists thinking otherwise.
We have enough reasons to worry about carpal tunnel, which is one reason why the Rubik's TouchCube is so awesome. Instead of actually turning the segments, users simply swipe their finger in a straight line or an 'L' shape (for rotations). Of course, at $US150 you would incur a more severe financial penalty for tossing it at a wall in frustration. [Rubiks via Gizmodo]
Did you know that there is a version of Clue called "Secrets & Spies" that uses text messaging? Are you surprisingly angered by this?
Agent Mustard, Agent Scarlet and the rest of the colourful Clue characters are now on assignment to thwart C.L.U.E. (Criminal League for Ultimate Espionage) and take down the evil Agent Black. At the beginning of the game, players check in at Hasbro headquarters via text from their own mobile phones. As the game proceeds, Hasbro sends six text messages back to move the action along. An ultraviolet decoder, included with the game's activity cards and other pieces, also reveals information.
There have been several attempts to add electronics to the old fashioned beer pong table over the years, and this particular version is typical in that it includes LEDs — 120 RGB LEDs to be more precise. It also features a wireless module that will connect with a scoreboard. As we noted earlier "it's one of the most advanced tables you could ever puke on". [Gizmodo]
With our society slipping faster and faster into a crippling world of germaphobia, the classic thumb war is slowly dying out. This electronic version prevents you from having to touch hands, and it also ups the ante with an electric shock for the loser. [Firebox via Gizmodo]
Paul Fryer's Vacuum Tube Chess set features pieces that light up when plugged into the sections on the board. [Gizmodo]
Sink your opponent's battleship and their battle with alcoholism with the Enigma Battleship drinking game. The design of the case was inspired by the Enigma encrypting machine. The radar screen marks the shots of each player and displays a list of the ships remaining. Unfortunately, the Enigma version is only a concept, but there are simplified versions of the game that are available for purchase. [Coroflot via Gizmodo]
You would have thought Jenga would be the one game that would stay pure, but even a game about tumbling blocks isn't safe from progress. This cheap monochrome display version requires the player to slide in two plastic blocks with just the right amount of force to prevent the whole tower from coming down. [Gizmodo]
Maybe it's just me, but an arm wrestling game that shocks the loser is a little Over the Top. [Latest Buy]