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Strike a Pose: A Frozen Unicorns Review

Quick Look: Frozen Unicorns

Artist: N/A
Publisher: Gamely Ltd.
Year Published: 2019
No. of Players: 3+
Ages: 6+
Playing Time: 20-30 min.
Designer: Hazel Reynolds

From the publisher:

Frozen Unicorns is the game for all ages that challenges players to transform their bodies into frozen pirates, frozen monkeys and frozen unicorns and dozens of other hilarious people and animals.

As one player closes their eyes all other players look at one card and freeze into a statue, attempting to convey the identity on the card. The guesser then opens their eyes to a room of statues and has to guess what people are.

You can compete to see who is the best statue maker and smartest guesser, or work together to make ridiculously funny co-operative human statues.

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I received a copy of Frozen Unicorns for the purposes of this review; all opinions here are mine or those of my frozen family and frozen friends.

Review: Frozen Unicorns

Overview and Theme:

The premise of Frozen Unicorns is simple--it's like charades, but you can't move!

It's so simple that it's a snap to explain, and it's easy to have people join or leave your group. You can play it as an actual game (there's a way to keep score) or just play it for fun. You can decide to play on teams or you can play cooperatively. There's no wrong way to play...just strike a pose!

Components and Setup:
Frozen Unicorns is another in the wonderful line of party games from Gamely Ltd. (including The Pretender, Soundiculous, Randomise, and the delightful Jibbergiggle) that pack a big party atmosphere in a compact and oh-so-portable box.

Inside the box are three small decks of cards: Easy, Medium, and Hard. Give each one a little shuffle and put them out so everyone can reach them. Decide if you're going to play just for fun (our favorite way!) or for points as individuals or as teams. That's it--you're ready to go!

Gameplay and Mechanics:
To get started with Frozen Unicorns, one player chooses a difficulty level and then turns around (or closes their eyes). The rest of the group reads a card of that level describing a particular kind of frozen person or animal (frozen golfers! frozen mice! frozen dancers!). Everyone strikes a pose--as individuals or in a group tableau! The hardest part is not laughing out loud and letting slip what you're trying to do.

The guesser counts down and then says, "Freeze!" and turns around. They have three chances to guess what the other players are pretending to be.

That's the game! If you want to play for points, there's an optional section in the rules that describes that. Most of the time, we just play for the sheer silliness of it.

The Good:
Frozen Unicorns is quick to explain and barrels of fun to play. It drew in players from all over the room (kids right up through adults) and was the kind of game that people wanted to keep playing. It's engaging and entertaining.

From a gameschooling perspective, it's great for working on gross motor skills and kinesthetic sense, moving your body into all different positions. It's a fun way to work on vocabulary and some communication skills (How will they know I'm a gymnast? What makes a meerkat look different from other animals?). It's a super game to enhance teamwork and cooperation, especially when the players work together to make a particular scene or object to help the guesser zero in on just the right idea. (My friends below are a FROZEN CYCLIST!)

The Bad:
Nope, there's no bad.

It's just delightful--as long as you're in the mood for a charades-esque party game, this is a good one.

Players Who Like:
Frozen Unicorns is a good choice for groups who like Charades and Guesstures or the acting parts of Cranium games. It's also good for groups who like cooperative party games like Hoopla or Just One.

Final Thoughts:
Frozen Unicorns is the kind of game that makes people groan when I have to put it away. I had to promise my friends to keep my copy in my purse for the foreseeable future so that we can play it any time we have ten minutes to spare! It's just as much a hit as the other Gamely Ltd. games--my daughter and her friends think it's their favorite so far!

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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!
Strike a Pose: A Frozen Unicorns Review Strike a Pose: A Frozen Unicorns Review Reviewed by MamaGames - Alexa C. on March 20, 2020 Rating: 5

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