Rear Window board game, based on the classic film, sounds amazing

Funko enters classic cinema with Back window gamemodern board game based on classic 1954 film starring Jimmy Stewart, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The final product supports three to five players and will ship this summer for $34.99.

At first glance, this all sounds like a terrible idea. A licensed board game based on a movie released less than ten years after the end of World War II? It’s not exactly the right recipe to satisfy modern tabletop tastes. But the game is being developed by Funko Games Prospero Hall, whose experience with licensed content is well known.

We recently reviewed Prospero Hall. Fast & Furious: Highway Robbery and found it excellent. We also announced the upcoming Jurassic World: The Legacy of Isla Nublar, and are very excited to see how the final product turns out. Therefore, I have full confidence that they will treat the source material with respect. But what about the gameplay?

Well, judging by the sound Back window game is a bit like a riff Mysterium, a game based on secret information and non-verbal communication. Team on Polygon overboard sure enjoyed it, but Mysterium you can hit or miss depending on who is sitting behind the screen. Time will tell if Prospero Hall can bring such a concept to life.

Here is the official description from Thursday’s press release:

Experience Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece rear window in this game of deduction and suspense. Watch carefully for strange clues and ominous patterns in what happens in the apartments opposite. There are parties, knives, saws, bickering, laughter, music… and a mysterious chest. Did you solve the murder? Or is the secret, private world of your neighbors planting frightening ideas in your mind?

The photos show a pair of screens, one for the director and one for those taking on the role of Jimmy Stewart. There is also a finite number of tiles, some with pictures and others with words, that both sides of the table will have to place on the board to communicate their understanding. Expect to find out as soon as the board game conference kicks off and, of course, Gen Con is the nation’s largest board game conference taking place in August.

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