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July 9, 2017 / Jett

Box of Rocks Review

Are you smarter than a box of rocks? The answer may surprise you. Box of Rocks is a trivia game in which players work together to compete against…a box of rocks. How hard could it possibly be?

Play is fairly straightforward for a trivia game. At the start, a question is asked and players have to come up with an answer. Don’t feel bad if you don’t know most of the answers, as they’re intentionally written in a way that you won’t know most of this off the top of your head. The rub is that the answer to every question is either 0, 1 or 2.

After players come to a consensus, one player will shake the box of rocks. Each rock has a blank side and a 1 side, which allow the box of rocks to guess 0, 1 or 2 as well. Once the humans and rocks have made their guess, the answer is revealed. Correct answers earn points and the first to three points wins.

Yes, the premise and execution of the game are fairly basic. However, smart questions, great components and an excellent concept bring this package over the top. Most of the questions are things that people won’t know off the top of their heads, but they’re well written and many of them can be somewhat deduced by thinking things through. The fake rocks are well built while strengthening the core concept of the game. Also, the box has a bit of extra reinforcement on the inside to take a beating from rock shaking.

For the record, we did not bat 1.000 against the rocks. There was at least one game where they squeaked by us for the win, which caused the room to explode in laughter. Box of Rocks is a novel take on the trivia genre and one that works very well as a light filler game for a broad audience. With 300 questions in the box, you’ll have hours of fun and hopefully some shreds of your dignity left when the box of rocks eventually beats you.


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