dmNorthTV plays … Jaws

dmNorthTV and Guests play board games!!  Saturday nights, we get together with friends and try and play a stream friendly board game.  It is usually a fun get together with great people.  A time to enjoy to social aspect of gaming that we are lacking right now.

Here, you will find our short and sweet review on the board game we have played from each of the players.  We stream the gameplay on the dmNorthTV Twitch channel every Saturday.  Come hangout and say “Hi” if you get a chance.

Saturday, we played through Jaws: The Board Game.  Jaws is a 2 to 4 player, one vs all type game.  One player takes the roll of the shark, trying to fill his stomach with as many swimmers as possible.  The remaining players are trying to prevent that by taking the rolls of the movie’s protagonists: Brody, Hooper, and Quint.

The game is played over the course of two “Acts” (Amity Island and The Orca).  In the Amity Island Act, the shark menaces swimmers and avoids capture. The other players attempt to locate the shark and rescue the swimmers who should know better than to swim in these waters.  In the Orca act, you play out the final battle of the movie.  The heroes (Brody, Hooper and Quint) do their best to defeat the shark before their boat sinks.  

The heroes win by killing the shark, while the shark player can win by either destroying the Orca or killing all of the heroes.

We were joined by RonathanPxPx who played as the shark and Kim and Matt trying to hunt down, “Bruce”.  You can take a look at our game play video on our YouTube channel, or scroll on down to see what we thought of the game.

Final Thoughts About . . . Jaws

Here, we will give you some basic thoughts about the game we played.  This is by no means meant to be an in-depth review of the game, as there are already lots of those out there.  This is just a “what did we think of it and would it be a good board game night game” type thing.  If you want to see something more in-depth, please let us know in the comments below.

Rating System

  • 5 Meeples: Fantastic Game, A must-play game!
  • 4 Meeples: Great Game, minor flaws.
  • 3 Meeples: Good Game, some weaknesses.
  • 2 Meeples: OK Game, needs work.
  • 1 Meeple: Awful Game. Do not play this unless you want to punish yourself.

jourdo 

This was a bit of a tough one, as the two acts are completely different games.  The first act was very fun hunting around for the shark, but definitely felt like you had to get lucky to figure out where the shark was located.  The idiot swimmers made it difficult to put out shark hunting skills to the test.  Still overall enjoyable though.

Act 2 is where it kind of fell apart for me.  While it started off fun, by the end of the round it was apparent that there was not much going on here.  It eventually devolved into a “come at me bro” with the heroes turtling together and making it difficult for the shark to win.  I don’t see how this is not the hero strategy for every game.  Strength in numbers and all of that.  Because of this though, I don’t really see much value in replay here.

I think if you stopped with Act 1 and build upon those mechanics you would have a decent game.  Act 2 really hurt it for me and I can’t really recommend adding this one to your collection unless you find it on a deep deep discount.

SuperK

The game had two Acts. The first act was trying to find the shark and oh boy that was frustrating but fun. That shark was sneaky. The second act was the hunt. We needed to kill the shark and the shark trying to destroy our boat or eat us. Act 2 felt easier as there wasn’t much strategy to find the shark. I felt like act 2 was missing “something” to make it more dramatic. We did find out that we missed a bonus attack by the shark for crew members in the water, so maybe that would change things? I would play this again just to see how different the game play would be (if there is any) or if its the same ole.

RonathanPxPx

I haven’t played a one vs all board game since Fortress America (MB Gamemaster Series) in several years and in this game I took on the role of Jaws vs the humans. (Jourdo & SuperK) The game is divided into 2 acts. Act 1 sees Jaws try to eat as many swimmers as possible while a crew of three try to track its secret movement and attach barrels to move onto Act 2. In Act 2 it becomes a Jaws vs boat crew battle where either Jaws wins by sinking their boat “The Orca” or by eating all of the crew. The crew can win if they defeat Jaws by dealing enough combat damage to it. I really enjoyed playing the part of Jaws in Act 1, it was nail biting trying to keep my location secret while still hovering around the crew that was looking for me. The cool thing about Act 1 is that however well you do will determine your bonuses that you get in the final part of the game, Act 2. Initially after playing Act 2 wrong it seemed as if the game would drag out in a stalemate that would put Jaws at a complete disadvantage. (I didn’t attack with Jaws correctly, realizing later you can declare an attack zone and attack an adjacent space. We also didn’t put the crew into the water when the tile was flipped as well as roll the bonus attack die for Jaws) However, after reading the correct way to play out Act 2, it seems it is more balanced out and provides a better back and forth exchange. This is definitely a seasonal game you want to play during the summer and is worth the sub $10 you can find in the States. Would play again to get Jaws the “W.”

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Anyone is welcome to play board games with us.  If you have a game you would like to see streams, please let us know.  The only limitation (beyond actually owning the game) is that they must be stream friendly as we are playing it remotely.  Contact us on any of the Socials or leave a comment below.

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