Mixtapes may be a thing of the past. An 80’s relic that moved on at the same time as the cassette tapes they were so lovingly recorded on. Those who remember them remember staying up late nights perfectly matching different songs in the perfect order to create the “one.” The perfect mixtape for whatever occasion we wanted to chronicle in music. Whether it was to impress a crush, lay out the tunes for a late-night sleepover, or to help pass the time on that long road trip, mixtapes were a part of everyday life.
Breaking Games aims to bring back that feeling with Mixtape, a party game of creating the soundtrack of your life.
Before playing Mixtape you need to make sure to have a library of music to pull from, preferably a digital one through a subscription-based service like Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music, or Google Play. Youtube can work in a pinch, but I wouldn’t recommend it. All you need after that is a Mixtape deck and some people to play.
The basic gameplay is simple. A player pulls a card from the deck, reads the scenario, and everyone picks and plays a song. The group then votes on which is the best and a point is awarded to the winner. There are variations on the rules where one player judges and one where a single song is played and the players have to come up with the best scenario for the song. No matter which way you play there are also Action cards which may pop up that have the players performing a bit while their song plays.
The general rules have players earning a point for winning a round. There are also Mediumcore and Hardcore scoring rules where players can earn 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place after a round to score a different amount of points, having extra points awarded for Action cards.
The first player to 10 points wins.
There’s not much to Mixtape other than a sturdy box that cleverly looks like a stack of cassette tapes and a deck of sturdy cards containing easy-to-read text and the Mixtape logo. Not much else is needed, really. The game is designed to hold up to repeated play and to be easy to comprehend quickly.
Where to start. As with most card-based party games, Mixtape is less a game and more of a social activity. I can’t imagine many people playing to 10 points and stopping, or even keeping much of a score other than loosely remember who’s songs have been picked the most. The real draw here is a gathering of friends listening to good, and sometimes not-so-good, music together, laughing and enjoying a bit of nostalgia while enjoying each others’ company. It’s a game that can be played late into the night as players lip sync, play air guitar, and play the perfect song for that special person in the room.
I’m generally not a fan of party games, but Mixtape’s use of music makes it the perfect exception. There’s nothing like breaking out Mister Mister’s “Broken Wings” and belting it out for all the wrong scenario. It never gets old.
A copy of Mixtape was provided free for review by Breaking Games
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