My family really enjoys pulling out a board game and spending
hours laughing and playing together. After years of playing board
games, we've seen a big decline in the quality of game craftsmanship.
However, all of the pieces in the Big Sunday game are of top-notch
quality, and the game is made 100% in the USA.
So, yes, the quality is excellent--but is it fun ? That's
the question that really matters with any game and the answer,
as always, depends on the player. Big Sunday is based completely
on the game of football and includes all the scenarios of a real
football game. If you detest football, you will most likely not
enjoy this game. However, you do not need to have prior knowledge
of the rules of football to enjoy the game. In fact, the game would
make an excellent resource for learning the rules and details of
the real game of football.
The game requires several different maneuvers to work through
and is a little complicated but not impossibly so. A video is available
on the company website that helps run you through the basics of
the game. During his first try, my 13-year-old son was quite confused
about the rules, but he has no working knowledge of football. After
inviting a football savvy friend over to play the game, he quickly
caught on and was able to teach the game to me even though I, too,
am football-illiterate. Younger ages could join in the game as
well if they had a parent or older sibling to help guide them through
it. And truly, it would be an excellent way to teach a child the
basic strategies of football. The game can be played with two players,
four players, or six players. For six players, you would assign
two teams of two, with additional players filling the roles of
referee and field judge.
Big Sunday is a bit expensive at $45.00, but it is comparable
to other quality-made board games. It's a price that's much easier
to swallow if you have a football fanatic in the family. The game
is listed as a strategy game, but my family felt that most of the
game resided in the luck of the draw or roll of the dice. Even
so, we all enjoyed playing together and learning something new.
Maybe now we'll be able to follow more than just the marching band
at football games.