Have you ever felt like a mind reader? If so, then Wavelength is the board game for you. Wavelength is a social guessing game that pits two teams against each other in an attempt to read the other team’s minds. Come up with the best guess to see whether or not your friends and family are truly on your wavelength.
The Psychic And The Bullseye
Wavelength comes with a pack of cards that contain opposing concepts and a plastic spinner that dictates what kind of clues the players give to each other. The players begin by splitting into two teams. On each team’s turn, one player is chosen to be the “psychic” for that round. Each team controls a small cardboard marker that sits in a track inside of a plastic insert. This marker keeps track of both player’s scores, with the first team that makes it to ten being declared the winner.
Each turn the psychic will pick a card that has two opposing sides on it: Fad vs. Classic, Hot vs. Cold, Fantasy vs. Sci-fi. They’ll then spin a plastic spinner, which is covered with a plastic window that prevents the other players from seeing where it lands. Underneath the window are wedges with different colors and numbers ranging from 1-4. These numbers represent the number of points that the players on their team will get if they make the correct guess.
The psychic’s goal is to try and come up with a clue that will lead their fellow teammates as close to the number four wedge as possible. Once they’ve given their clue, the rest of their teammates will then decide where they think the clue lands in the range between the two concepts on the card. They’ll make their guess by pointing the spinner on the little plastic dial to a specific angle that they hope points to where the number four wedge is hiding.
Hot Vs. Cold
An example of a round might be played using the card Fad vs. Classic. If the number four wedge is located almost all the way to the left where Fad is located, then the psychic might give an intensely fad-like clue such as “pet rock.” The other team will then know to place the spinner more towards the Fad location than towards the Classic location.
Once the first team has made their guess, the other team has the chance to make a guess of their own. They can guess whether or not the four wedge is really located further to the left or to the right of where the first team guessed. They make their guess by placing a little pencil figure to either the left or the right side of the board.
Once the viewing window is opened, all players get to see where the number four wedge is located. If the first team landed correctly on the number four wedge, then they win four points. If they did not land on the number four wedge and the other team was closer in their guess, then they win zero points and the second team wins one point. If they landed on a different wedge and the second team was incorrect in their guess, then they win the number of points of the wedge they landed on.
App V. Board Game
The Wavelength board game comes with the plastic spinner, colored cards, and cardboard markers to track game progress. However, in addition to the physical board game, there is also a Wavelength app that players can download on the App Store or on Google Play. The app is currently free and has no ads, although it comes with extra packs available for purchase. Players can select the packs they want to play with to provide a more diverse gameplay and enjoy with friends or family.
But don’t do this. Buying the real game is what you want to do. (Jedi hand wave)
Wavelength: A Game For Mind Readers
Wavelength is a game playable by 2-12 players. Playing time lasts around 30-45 minutes, although you can play as many rounds as you like. It’s suited for ages 14 and up, making it the perfect game for parties.
Buy Wavelength and test how close you really are to your family and friends!