Fighting, eh? Everyone loves a bit of fighting! Well, apart from the the broken bones, the bruising, blood everywhere, the pain… Hmmm. Perhaps fighting’s not so great, but we do love beating other people, don’t we? We wouldn’t play games otherwise. People play because they like to win! So how good would it be if we could combine a bit of rough and tumble with a game?
Very good, in fact – especially if you’ve bring Flatlined Games‘ latest release into the mix. Rumble In The House is a quick playing game that’s all about beating people up and staying on your feet as long as possible. When I say quick playing, I mean it – you can play a round of this in a couple of minutes, making it an ideal filler or party game.
Before you begin, players must use twelve room tiles to build a house – however you please is fine. Some like to bunch all the rooms together, others prefer big sprawling things. Each room has four doors so there’s plenty of ways to set the house up and each layout will give you a different game. The twelve characters are then put into the rooms, one in each, and each player is handed two discs face down. These discs have characters on their opposite sites corresponding to the folks in the house and you’ve got to keep your two secret. Only then can the game begin…
Going around the table, each player is allowed to do one of two actions. You may either move someone (anyone!) into an adjacent room or – if a room has two or more characters in it – decide who’ll win in the fight, removing them from the board for the rest of the game. These are lined up next to the house and eventually all but one will be kicked out, leaving a single champion behind.
Players then flip their two discs to show who they were given at the start of the round and points are given out. If someone managed to keep their character in the house until the bitter end they recieve ten points, then going down the line you’ll get nine, eight and so on – however, only the character that lasted the longest is scored.
And that’s all there is to the game! Normally it’s played over three rounds, though as it’s so quick you could play as many or as few as you like. Of course you can always make up your own custom rules and special changes, like t-shirts versus skins or what
have you. Rumble in the House is far from a difficult game to play – you can explain the rules in seconds – but it’s a pile of fun trying to work out which characters are under whose control. It doesn’t pay to be too obvious; moving enemies away from your little guy may well give the game away! However, you could go for the strategy of sacrificing one for the good of the other but that could well backfire.
Flatlined Games have done a grand job with the production of this little game – and it is little, the box could easily fit in a jacket pocket. Everything comes printed on good quality cardstock, so is able to put up with being handled a lot. That’s good, because those fractious little housemates will get thrown around a fair bit!
The artwork’s cute, with ninja otters taking on Cthulhu and a housekeeper robot facing off against a cousin of the Swamp Thing. It’s definitely a game that doesn’t take itself too seriously. As you’d expect from something that comes with an angry wizard and a kitty with a machine gun, this is something that is all about having a laugh.
I’ve found that Rumble in the House plays better with more players – it can handle up to six officially, but in all honesty it could go up to twelve with each player getting a single disc in the beginning. It’s silly, quick, raucous fun that – despite coming in a teeny tiny box – is well worth a look.
Rumble in the House was published in 2011 by Flatlined Games. Designed by Olivier “Ken Rush” Saffre with artwork by Kwanchai Moriya, it’s available now for around £12 / $15. Grab a copy and get ready to rumble! (Sorry.)