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The Visitor is an asymmetrical game for those of you who like to fool your friends.
Normally I wouldn’t really look at a game like The Visitor. The art style of the cover didn’t really appeal to me too much. The description was vague and sounded weird. But I decided to give it a shot because I saw that it was funded. And as I started reading down the Kickstarter I started to realize that this game looks really fun and different!
Why is The Visitor so unique?
The best way to explain why this game is so unique is probably just to explain how it is played. The game is played with 3-5 players. It is an asymmetrical game, so each player chooses one of the three roles. Agent, Visitor, or Kid.
The game board is circular with a spaceship in the middle and is surrounded by a force field. At the beginning of the game the Visitor invents a rule for what can and can’t get through the force field. It is the Agent’s job to determine that rule. It’s the Kid’s job to determine the rule also. But if the Kid determines the rule, him and the Visitor win.
The Kid and the Agent take turns testing different objects to see if they do or don’t fit the rule. Then if they have the chance on their turn to draw four objects from the deck and say whether each one does or doesn’t fit that rule. If they get it correct they win.
But the Agent(s) have to be careful about guessing too often. Because each time they guess and get it wrong, the Kid gains Trust with the Visitor. Trust allows him to do more actions per turn and allows him and the alien more secrecy in their guessing. Giving the Kid an advantage over the Agent.
My general thoughts on The Visitor
Like I mentioned briefly at the beginning I don’t like the art style. I don’t know exactly why. It all has a very definite style. The components match the box art, etc. But the art is a little dull for my taste. I think the art style is definitely important to being able to enjoy the game. Mostly because you’ll spend the whole game looking at components in most tabletop games.
That being said I love the idea of the game. If you read this blog you know that replayability is really important to me. This game is as replyable as you are creative. That really appeals to me personally. I love the open ended nature of the game and that it allows you to make your own rules instead of having a deck of rules, which was probably the alternative choice.
I think the rules are very simple and sound very fun, and the price of the game is very low. The game is selling on Kickstarter for about $18. All in all I think the game is probably a worthwhile investment at such a low price. As long as you are the kind of person who likes open ended games that are very social.