Billionaire Banshee Game Review

Steven Razio Bailey is the creator and artist of Billionaire Banshee, a game akin to Cards Against Humanity and Telestrations, by virtue of it being more a social activity than a game. Even if you chose to include a point system for scoring the thrust of the game focuses on the player interaction and hopeful whimsicality of a party environment. If you are caught within the rapturous frivolity of a party situation, possibly intoxicated with a little more than laughter, you may just enjoy passing the time with this game, but I wouldn't count on it.

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Billionaire Banshee Set up and Gameplay
Billionaire Banshee is simple. Two piles of cards are placed on the table, a Perks deck and a Quirk deck. These two decks contain qualities that when placed together randomly generate the positives and negatives of a hypothetical date. Each player is provided two voting cards one with Date and the other with Deny. For the purposes of this game everyone is expected to act as if they are single. The turn player flips a card from each deck to get a full description of a date. Perks might include they have a pet Unicorn Called Mister Cinnamon to if they Finger your Belly Button Hole Your Headache Goes Away. Quirks, however, include such cards as: They Have Translucent Skin to They Were Raised by Goats.

The players must read the perks and quirks of the date and consider if the turn player would date this individual. If they decide the player would date the suggested person then they place their Date card face down in front of them, alternatively the Deny card should they think the person would not date the individual. Beginning with the player to the left of the turn player each person flips their card and explains their choice. This proceeds around the table until the turn player reveals their card and provides their explanation. If scoring is being conducted people who agreed with the turn player now score a couple of points.

I was perhaps not well equipped for playing this game. I was sober. I should own up and state that I do not really enjoy Cards Against Humanity either. It is good for a couple of rounds, but I bore of it easily and the game is essentially about trying to collaboratively create dirty sentences. It seems like a waste of a gaming opportunity to spend time on games such as these rather than Mission Red Planet or Cosmic Encounter. So in fairness I may not be the ideal audience, however, I think even the most lubricated participant would struggle with how some of the cards seem to be desperately grasping for ideas. The cards have some mildly amusing concepts, but try to be adult while verging on pure absurdity. As a fan of the absurdist humour that rose to prominence in the late 80’s I would embrace this normally, but the absurdity just did not add anything fun or funny to the game.

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The artwork tried to capture the popularity of the 8 Bit fad that flashed through so much of pop culture a few years back, but sadly is there with no real meaning or purpose. With Boss Monsters the theme carried the game as part of an 8 Bit dungeon crawl side scroller, but no meaning or justification is evident here. In fact the 8 Bit stylised font is very hard to read and any added struggle to playing the game only worked to highlight the futility of playing the game in the first place.

The artwork is simply a distraction from how repetitive and lacking in engagement the rest of the game is. If you strip the game to the core mechanic, this game is essentially a game where all players have two cards each with everyone trying to guess which card the turn player has chosen. With the layering of theme and game play this mechanic is not well supported with an interesting challenge, or funny interactions. I cannot recommend this game.

Billionaire Banshee plays 3-8 players (though you could have as many as you wanted)
Playing time: 60 minutes
Published by Breaking Games