Starlink Review

Starlink - Blue Orange Games

Game title: Starlink

Game description: It's time to create your very own constellations by connecting the stars together in the night sky. Starlink is a drawing party game that take's it's inspiration from the stars in the sky. On your turn, you must try to represent a secret word by drawing straight lines between the stars on the board, and then hope that the other players can guess your intent.

Overall
3
  • Play (Mechanics)
  • Presentation (Art/Quality)
  • Plan (Rules)

Summary

There are plenty of party games out there where a player has to draw something and have the other players guess what it is. There are plenty out there that give both the artist and correct answer points when the picture is guessed. There are even plenty of these games that incorporate a sand timer in them. There are not, as far as I know, ones that do so by having players draw in the stars. Starlink does just that.

Pros

  • Awesome white markers
  • Fun for the whole family
  • Scales up to 6 players

Cons

  • Minimum of 3 players
  • Requires artistic talent

Full Starlink Review

There are plenty of party games out there where a player has to draw something and have the other players guess what it is. There are plenty out there that give both the artist and correct answer points when the picture is guessed. There are even plenty of these games that incorporate a sand timer in them. There are not, as far as I know, ones that do so by having players draw in the stars. Starlink does just that.

The rules of Starlink are straight forward. One player draws a card, secretly chooses 1 of the 2 words on that card, and draws that on the board. They so so by using the stars on the board like a giant connect-the-dots. Straight lines only. No curves. Once the timer is up the other players have a chance to guess what the picture is. If someone guesses it, both that player and the artist gain the amount of points listed on the card. There’s bonus points to be had if the entire drawing fits in the included telescope template. Once each player has been the artists twice, the game is over. Simple.

Here’s everything that comes in the box

That’s the beauty of Starlink. It plays pretty much like every other illustration party game out there, but does so on a beautiful board of stars with the some pretty sweet white markers. The telescope template is a nice bonus, forcing players to try and get their point across in a small area if they’d like some extra points. The whole game is quick, extremely family friendly, and looks nice on the table. There’s also no pads of paper to be wasted.

Being a party game, Starlink handles up to 6 players. Unfortunately that also means you need at least 3 players, so it’s not a game a single parent and child can play together and follow the rules. Being an illustration style game, there may be a bit of frustration to those who are artistically challenged. There’s something about the way the game is packaged and portrayed, however, that doesn’t immediately make the game drop to my “never, ever” category. My kids and I have had a lot of fun playing.

There’s not much else to say here. Kids will certainly eat this one up and adults won’t have much issue indulging them.

A copy of Starlink was provided free for review by Blue Orange Games

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