ATMOSFEAR - a fast and frightening new DVD board game
The Gatekeeper has returned! Introducing a new, spine-thrilling DVD board game combining technology and interactivity - the ultimate in home entertainment.
You will remember Atmosfear from the 90's - it was called Nightmare back then and was one of the first VHS board games on the market. It took the world by storm and quickly shot to the number one game in six countries.
Atmosfear is not just a game it's an experience! It is a 49-minute interactive race against The Gatekeeper, time and your opponents.
With stunning 3D visuals and a 5.1 sound track, plus random DVD programming, which gives a new game experience every time, Atmosfear is truly unique.
Atmosfear is a board game for ages 12 years and over, set it up with a group of friends or get the family together and create your own perfect atmosphere - dim the lights and turn your living room into an eerie den where you can test your skill against the scary and very clever Gatekeeper!
Atmosfear is an unforgettable journey of skill, strategy and suspense.
Explore spooky new worlds in the ultimate home entertainment experience.
I played it with a few friends at a games night and as we set it up I thought this might be a complicated game, the instructions backed up this thought.
I was then to learn that one of the players would be the zombie dude's representative, which ment a person that has the rules during the game to make sure no cheating happens and to answer questions about the game. I was hoping (sweating) that it wouldn't be me thinking that I would be asking most of the questions. But I was the chosen one.
As the game started the rules became pretty simple to understand, a learn as you play type of game.
So if you look past all the constant abuse from the zombie.... that really makes U WANT TO GRRRRRRRRR...... it turns out to be a very enjoyable fast paced game as you only have about 50 minutes to complete it or you lose, as we did, but it leaves you eager to have another game.
I played the original game of 'Nightmare' many years ago, and found it quite simple and not particularly engaging. Not to mention the idea of yelling 'Yes, my gatekeeper!' to a television screen seemed quite pointless and silly. So, it was with a little bit of uncertainty that I agreed to play this game.
The board was set, the gamers ready and waiting. A lengthy and, towards the end, slightly confusing explanation of the rules, and we were good to go.
It was really fun. Time flew by reasonably quickly. time cards and fate cards adding quite a good twist with actions to be performed at certain times, or to other players' characters.
I found it still quite a self-conscious thing yelling at the t.v. but that soon went as the game progressed.
Overall, a good game, well worth more of my time.
Many years ago, I encountered a game called 'Nightmare' - it was a VHS tape and a boardgame and it was fun, novel and totally unlike anything on the market at the time.
Now, at last, we have the newest edition... Atmosfear. Based on DVD, this version offers many improvements over the older game. Firstly, the graphics are astoundingly different. With an almost seamless blend of real-life actor (The Gatekeeper) and CGI imagery, the game now has a much more interesting feel to it.
Also, with the introduction of random branching plot elements, it doesn't matter haw many times you play the disc, you'll end up with a different game. (I ran through the disc 5 times and it was different and unpredicatable each time - a definite step up from the VHS tape).
Gone are the old cardboard keys, doomed to a short lifetime of rapid dog-ears and being bent out of shape, etc. Now there are dinky plastic colour-coded keys, and a nifty little rack that allows you to keep track of them easily. I suggest that you practice the simple skill of randomly shuffling your keys around too... otherwise an observant opponent may challenge you to a duel and pick the key you most need.
Overall, the general consensus of the players was that it needs to be played a few times to get the hang of the rules (which can get a little messy when dealing with keys) before the full flavour of the game can be enjoyed. So... it's weekly sessions of Atmosfear for us. :) But, be aware that once the game is underway, the ONLY command the DVD-player will accept is the MENU button. There are no subtitles (making the game difficult for hearing-impared players) and you can't pause, rewind or speed up the game, so pay attention, you only get one shot at the Gatekeeper's instructions.
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