Xbox version tested
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Awkward is a new party game from developers Snap Finger Click and features over a staggering 5,000 fiendish questions for you and your friends to answer. It will be available on Steam, PlayStation, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch from the 5th June. Snap Finger Click was founded in November 2015 by Ed Gladwin and Martijn van der Meulen who originally began working together whilst they were at Sony. The pairs key philosophy when creating Snap Finger Click was to pull together their experience in the gaming industry and make something of their own. With titles such as the amazing Buzz! in their back catalogue it is really exciting to see what this new entry in the party game genre will bring.
There is a tale of a legendary card game that the government declared a global ban on in the 1800s. The game was blamed for an increase in bar fights, divorces, and family feuds – you could say it was political correctness gone mad. Awkward is the ultimate test for finding out how well friends, couples, and family know each other. Players must answer increasingly uncomfortable questions while their companions try to guess the outcome. This modern interpretation features the originally banned questions while adding a host of new ones into the foray. Danny Gallagher (Quiplash, Fibbage 2) and Joanna Haslam (Buzz! Quiz World, It’s Quiz Time) have created a plethora of original content which consists of heated classics like – Pineapple on pizza, yay or nay? – relationship choices – What part of your partner do you prefer, body or face? – and horrible dilemmas – If you could only save the life of one, would you choose a 1-year-old or an 18-year-old? – all of which are in the name of good old-fashioned wholesome fun.
Awkward is designed to be played by one to six players and offers a selection of game modes including cooperatively, teams, competitively, or solo play. Games are simple to set up and the rules are straightforward, answer the given questions truthfully and not let anyone else see what you have answered. Each game can be played by passing one controller around the room which allows the maximum amount of people to get involved, even if you don’t have a pad for everyone. It’s a really smart move since the game by design will be played when you have guests in need of entertaining. I think it’s is the ideal party game for when the drinks are flowing, people become more relaxed and some of the questions instantly cause an eruption of giggles and dirty looks to fly around the room.
In solo, players get to answer Awkward’s controversial questions whilst being fared with the rest of the world. It features innovative streaming technology which lets up to 500,000 concurrent viewers play along in your broadcast on Twitch, YouTube, or Mixer. Thanks to the unique ‘Live Show’ technology, viewers can participate in the chat, without needing a mobile companion app or having to visit a special website. Your viewers have to guess what you think, and compete to get their names on the top of the leaderboard!
Awkward is a decent entry into the party game genre, its risqué setting has the potential to bring out the laughs and hopefully not cause offence. I’m a big fan of this type of game currently as it means I can get away with playing video games with the other half and her friends instead of the usual chick flick that would normally get thrown on when entertaining. It would have been nice to see the addition of a voice over but realistically with the number of questions involved that would have been some task… and download. Awkward is a great distraction to set the mood for a fun night in but as always not one you would really consider playing alone.
TBG Score: 7/10
Genre: Card, Party
Players: 1-6 Local
Publisher: Snap Finger Click
Format: Xbox One, PlayStation4, Nintendo Switch, Steam