- Ted Alspach
- Bézier Games, Inc
- Solar Pop
- Solar Pop
- Card Games
- 5 - 75
- Solar Pop
Ultimate Werewolf is the ultimate party game – with its high level of player interaction and easy-to-learn rules, the game accommodates those who have never played a board game before, as well as those who play board games competitively. It is a two-team based game where players play as the team of the werewolves, or the team of the villagers. The game requires a game master to keep track of the day and night rounds, as well as each player’s turn to act during the night or day. The aim of the game is to try kill off the werewolves if you are on the villagers’ team, or kill off the villagers if you are on the werewolves’ team.
Ultimate Werewolf is a game about deduction and eliminating players from the game every round. At the end of the game, whichever team loses all their players, loses the game.
At the beginning of the game, every person gets an identity card. This card is to be kept a secret from everybody. Each card has its own special abilities and it will also tell the player which team they are on. For example, if a player receives a seer card, it means that they are able to peek at another player’s card once per night until they are eliminated.
The game has a night cycle, where the werewolves are able to take action against the villagers, as well as a day cycle, where the villagers are then able to take action against the werewolves. At the beginning of the game, once everyone has their identity card, the game master will tell everyone in the village to fall asleep (including werewolves). Once everyone at the table has their eyes closed, the game master will call each character, one at a time (unless the werewolves are called), to perform their special ability. Once all the characters have been called by the game master, he/she will call the werewolves to wake up. The werewolves then collectively pick someone to kill by pointing or using their eyes to tell the game master who their victim is.
After the werewolves have chosen their victim, the game master will call the villagers to wake up. The gam master will then reveal the events of the night, telling all the villagers who the werewolves have chosen to kill. The other characters, like the seer, may then decide to disclose some information about the cards that they have seen or their special abilities. Be careful though, sometimes the werewolves will pretend to be the seer or another character of the villagers’ team in order to gain the trust of the town’s folk!
Once everyone has resolved their special ability and the players have communicated about who they think the werewolves could be, the villagers (including the werewolves that nobody knows about) choose two or three suspects to hang for their crimes. Once that person is killed, they must reveal who they were and then they are eliminated from the game. Some characters might not have special abilities at all and others might only have their abilities activated once they have been killed. For example, the hunter’s ability is to kill another person if he/she gets eliminated during the game.
The game then repeats the night cycle and the day cycle until the villagers have killed all the werewolves or the werewolves have killed all the villagers.
Ultimate Werewolf is one of my favourite party games that is currently on the market. It is so easy to learn and it can be replayed throughout the entire night. It never seems to get boring or repetitive because it has such a wide variety of characters that the game master is able to choose from for each game.
Ultimate Werewolf can be played with up to 75 players! Although, having said that, I have yet to see or be a part of a game that is so big. The only downfall of Ultimate Werewolf is that you need a lot of players (I’m talking about 8 onwards) to actually make it interesting and not so short.
But other than that, if you haven’t played this game I really recommend that you give it a go and play with as many people as you possibly can. It really is such an amazing experience and it’s always fun to see people get worked up about whether or not they are the werewolf.
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