Billionaire Banshee Review - Fantastical Dating Party Game
Quick Glance: Billionaire Banshee
Game Type: Party Game
Number of Players: 2 and up
Mechanics: Card Game, Party, Social, Humor
Publisher: Breaking Games
Playtime: 15 Minutes
Introduction/Overview: This is a casual party game where you can find out where your friends draw the line when it comes to dating as they are presented with a perk and quirk for a potential mate and have to decide to "Date" or "Deny" them. The cards can be serious, sexy, or fantastical and the pairings tend to be fairly comical and interesting.
Gameplay: Players all have a card for Date and Deny, and you take turns pulling a Perk and Quirk for a potential dating partner and the other players make a face down pick on their choice to date or deny the person the perk and quick combine to make. You take turns revealing your decision and reasoning and then the "dater" reveals their choice an everyone with the matching answer gets a point.
Rulebook: It's a simple game and so the rulebook is light to match.
Components: A quality cardboard box and the cardstock should hold up to repeated play-throughs. The cards are marked for their content if you want to cater to your audience noting if the card will be realistic, ridiculous, or sexy. I made an edit of some of the dirtier cards to bust out at Thanksgiving and the coding made that easier. The artwork is a fun 8-bit style which somehow makes some of the crazier options cute somehow.
Final Thoughts: When Cards Against Humanity first blew up I knew party card games were going to really flood the market, with a mixed bag of quality. This game I really enjoy, it has a mix of comedy, actual conversation value, and replay-ability that puts it at the top of the genre. I can see touchy dating/married couples getting in trouble playing the game, but for most groups this is a strong addition to your party game collection that takes almost no time to set up and get people talking and laughing.