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Sell It to Me: The Million Dollar Doodle Review



Quick Look: The Million Dollar Doodle


Designer: Molly Zeff and Jon Cannon
Artist: Yuliya Kim
Publisher: Flying Leap Games
Year Published: 2020
No. of Players: 4-7
Ages: 14+
Playing Time: 60-90 min.

From the publisher:

In spite of what the "experts" will tell you, you don't need a good idea to create a great brand! All you need is...

The Million Dollar Doodle.

Let the cards inspire your logo design. Watch bizarre brands emerge from your friends' collective creativity. Then pitch the zany companies you've spawned and pit them against each other to compete for a million-dollar investment! 

WARNING: This is a preview of The Million Dollar Doodle. All components and rules are prototype and subject to change.

A partial prototype of The Million Dollar Doodle was provided to me for the purposes of this review; opinions here are mine or those of my friends and family.

Review: The Million Dollar Doodle

Overview and Theme:
Are you ready to sell the best company idea ever? Did you know that some of the best ideas have come from a simple doodle? Team up with your friends to create a logo, company name, slogan, and review for a brand new company idea, and then it's up to the final player to give a pitch and sell that idea! Whose company will receive the million-dollar investment?

Million Dollar Doodle is a creative-thinking party game from the creators of Wing It that will stretch your mind and give you lots of laughs along the way.



Components:
When published, Million Dollar Doodle will contain a deck of approximately 200 Logo Component Cards along with 8 dry erase pads and markers. I received a partial prototype (about 50 Logo cards) to test the game, so I can't comment on component quality! Most of the photos on this page are courtesy of Flying Leap Games.



Gameplay and Mechanics:
The idea behind Million Dollar Doodle is that it's "Telestrations meets Shark Tank!" You're coming up with ideas for new, investment-worthy companies, but you're doing so by passing the idea around the table and each giving your own contribution.

The game begins with each player drawing 2 Logo Component Cards and then sketching an idea for a logo that uses both these pieces. You might be challenged to combine sushi and a person's shadow, a flame and a shape with seven edges, or a pointing finger and a rainbow! Take a couple of minutes to decide on the best way to use both of these pieces in a single logo.



Then pass your board to the next player! Using the logo you've just received, you have to come up with the name of this new company. It might be Secret Sushi, Flaming Cages, or Up with Rainbows. Whatever it is, think quickly and cleverly.

And then pass your board again. You'll now have a new board with a logo and name dreamed up by two of the other players, and you'll need to create a slogan for this new company. This step takes a little longer, as players really ponder what this company might do: Fish breath is a thing of the past!, Keep little Rover safe as can be!, or Brightening every day since 2020!

Pass your board one more time. Now you'll be acting as a Yelp-style reviewer who is giving their own take--positive or negative--on this new company, complete with a starred rating.


Now that the company's information is complete, you'll pass those boards one final time. Your last job is to give a short but passionate pitch defending the company whose information is on the board you received in this step. In smaller games, this might be the game for which you drew the logo, but in larger games, it will be all new to you.

The pitching step is definitely the most fun and creates the most laughter in the room, often drawing players over from other games just to see what all the fun is about! Take a few minutes to talk up the positives of this company and use that review, or spin it if you got a bad one. The more excitement and detail you can pack into this impromptu moment, the better.

After all the pitches have been given, each player secretly votes on which company to invest in, and the winning company wins a million dollars*!
*Money not included.

Play three rounds for a full game, or keep going until everyone is ready to stop for an even longer experience. Many of our groups found they didn't want to stop after just three companies!



The Good:
Million Dollar Doodle takes the best of sell-it-to-me party games like Snake Oil or Wing It and mashes that up with the telephone game style of Telestrations or Cranium Scribblish. It is both familiar in the flow and style of gameplay and unique because there isn't another game I know that puts these two ideas together.

My gameschooling friends have been so excited for Million Dollar Doodle. It's a great way to have fun exploring creativity, including drawing, writing, creative thinking, and impromptu speaking, and every group I played it with had a blast and wanted to immediately play it again. The thinking skills kids can hone here will serve them well in our growing and changing world.



The Bad:
I don't have anything bad to say, except that I'm anxiously anticipating the full version of the game and I wish I had it right now.



Players Who Like:
Million Dollar Doodle is great for players who like any of the creative thinking, pitching and judging games from Wing It to Snake Oil to Apples to Apples, and it will pull in fans of drawing and writing games like Pictionary or Balderdash, too!



Final Thoughts:
My friends and family greatly enjoyed the chance to push our creativity with tons of laughs along the way. Million Dollar Doodle is a fresh new take on pleasant party games and I look forward to the final version. We wish all the folks at Flying Leap Games the best of luck!





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About the Author:


My name is Alexa: I'm a life-long game player and homeschooling mom to two awesome kids. I've loved board games since my early days playing Scrabble and Gin Rummy with my grandmother, and life only got more interesting when I married a Battletech enthusiast and fellow game lover. We've played games with our kids since they were small, and I helped start a thriving homeschool co-op where we have weekly sessions of board games with kids.  In a family with kids raised on Catan and Pandemic, life is sure to be fun! You may run into me on Twitter, BoardGameGeek, and other social media as MamaGames. Be sure to say hi!

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Sell It to Me: The Million Dollar Doodle Review Sell It to Me: The Million Dollar Doodle Review Reviewed by MamaGames - Alexa C. on March 03, 2020 Rating: 5

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