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Chicken Time Warp Review

Quick Look: Chicken Time Warp
Designer: Jesse Harding
Publisher: CrashStache Games
Year Published: 2019
No. of Players: 3–6
Ages: 14+
Playing Time: Less than 30 minutes
Find more info on BoardGameGeek.com

Chicken scientists have developed a means of time travel. An amazing feat, but the experiment didn’t go according to plan. A vortex has opened and, because they only have an escape pod for one, it’s every chicken for themself!
Chicken Time Warp is a quick-to-learn draw-and-play card game that has you scrambling as time runs out. You must get control of the escape pod and use it to get out of this coop when the window of opportunity is open. But you are part of the team of time scientists, which means you can possibly turn back the clock to give you more time.
We played several 4-player games of Chicken Time Warp. Each one was different because of the randomness of the draw. We had fun and, with our group, the chicken jokes soon became part of the play. Players enjoyed playing. One item we all agreed on was we believe that the 14+ age recommendation is high. The timeline adds a little more complexity to a draw-and-play game, but not much. There is also nothing offensive for younger players.
When playing, don’t get in a curry about which card to play. If you play the wrong one, you might get fricasseed, or roasted by the other players. And in the end, the good egg will come out on top.

Each player gets a character. The characters do not have any special abilities, they are used for markers on the time line when you’re dead. It is important to know which minute you died because someone may turn back the hands of time and bring you back to life and into the game once again.
The timeline cards are placed in order, 10 down to “Escape Window Open” (0). They are exposed as part of a player’s turn.
Players start with a hand of 4 cards. Before dealing the cards, remove the black cards “You Dead” and “Time Slips Away.” Then add in the correct number of black cards to the deck and shuffle them in for drawing during play.

The turn starts with a player turning over the next card in the Timeline. This means a minute passes in game time for every player.
The next step is a player can play a card from their hand. You don’t have to play a card. In fact, there are some cards that are best to keep handy for the draw phase. There are “Handy Cheat Sheets” for everyone to know what the cards do, so you don’t have to ask. Part of the game is keeping your cards secret because it is important to have the one and only Escape Pod.
To end the turn you must draw a card. All but the black cards are added to your hand. The two black cards are resolved immediately.
If you draw a “You Dead” card, you are dead. You can immediately reverse the effects only with a “Clux Capacitor” which backs the timeline to 3 minutes prior.
When you draw a “Time Slipping Away” card, the remaining highest card is removed from the timeline, never to be revisited in the game. This not only shortens the time window countdown, but any chicken who died in that minute can no longer be brought back into the game.

Theme and Mechanics
The time travel concept of Chicken Time Warp would work with any theme you wanted to put with it. However, having chickens does remind you this is a game to be a little goofy and just have fun. There is no heavy mechanic to create long-lasting strategy.
There are a total of ten different cards that can be drawn. All have clear instructions. You also have instructions and a little bit of strategy on the Handy Cheat Sheets. All of them are meant to be used and probably abused as you work to obtain and hold on to the Escape Pod.
The added measure of the timeline provides a little more variability than many other draw-and-play card games. If you are unable to make your grand departure, you may back up time to prevent someone else from doing it.

Artwork and Components
The artwork was done by the designer, Jesse Harding. It keeps the light-hearted feel of the strategy involved and some pun time travel.
The Good
  • Easy to learn (it is listed for 14+, but I think you can go younger)
  • Cabin game
  • Filler game
  • Fast pace (most of our games were about 10 minutes

Final Thoughts
Chicken Time Warp is a game for a group that doesn’t want to take the game too seriously. Yeah, there are some good twists with the timeline added to the mix. But remember, you’re still a chicken scientist stuck in a time vortex and only one of you is getting out without getting fried.
Players Who Like
  • Game you can socialize while playing
  • Draw-and-play games

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Daniel Yocom - Reviewer

Daniel Yocom does geeky things by night because his day job won’t let him. This dates back to the 1960s through games, books, movies, and stranger things better shared in small groups. He’s written hundreds of articles about these topics for his own blog, other websites, and magazines along with stories, after extensive research. His research includes attending conventions, sharing on panels and presentations, and road-tripping with his wife. Join in the geeky fun at guildmastergaming@blogspot.com.

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Chicken Time Warp Review Chicken Time Warp Review Reviewed by Guild Master Gaming on December 18, 2019 Rating: 5

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