A’Writhe: A Game of Eldritch Contortions – why not Cthulhu Twister ?

Something is stirring in Arkham.  Again.

Pretty much everyone I know has played Twister at some point in their lives.  Callout a body part and a colour, and let the awkwardness begin!  It’s not a game I thought I would be looking at adding to my collection anytime soon, but WizKids may have just changed my mind on that.

A’Writhe: A Game of Eldritch Contortions is coming to Gen Con this year, and really it’s Cthulhu Twister.

The idea is pretty simple – split into teams of two.  One player is the cultist, trying to twist their body into arcane symbols by touching various locations on the board.  The other player is the Elder God the Cultist is trying to summon, calling out directions to their lunch loyal follower.

There is a catch though (isn’t there always?).  No one pair can get all of the positions correct themselves.  Humans are limited by four limbs after all.  So the other Elder Gods must be careful their cultist doesn’t help you form your symbol.

The WizKids Crew demonstrating the ritual - no I mean the game! Yes, game. That's it.

There isn’t a lot of depth and strategy here.  It’s a party game for 4-6 players that should take about 20 minutes.  The board or play area can be customised, as the locations appear to be neoprene mats.  This makes location setup unique, but might want to be careful about playing this on tiled floors!

Cthulhu as a theme is overdone.  I am a fan of the theme, and I cannot deny this.  As much as I am a fan though, it’s not the theme itself that makes me look at essentially a game of Twister – it’s they turned Twister into a game again.

Sample layout for a visit to Arkham

Twister you play to pass the time and let everyone fall down.  This doesn’t make it bad, it’s just how it is.

A’Writhe: A Game of Eldritch Contortions adds game mechanics to a silly fun time.  You have to be Elder God that directs the Cultist to create the pattern first, so it’s a race.  You also hide the pattern you are trying to make from the other ‘Gods’ so they can’t stop your symbol from being made, adding an element of hidden information.

So there is ‘game’, but not enough to bog it down and not make it the party icebreaker and laughs of the original design.

Amazon US has this preordering for USD$50 + shipping, so this may be an expensive bit of fun though.  I would have to see the finished product to justify the price or wait for a good sale, but one thing is clear – WizKids made me interested in Twister again.

Until next time,

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