SPOILERS is a Question & Answer game about Movies for up to 2-6 players (or more in teams). It is published by BrainPicnic/Zacatrus! in Spain and Designed by Manu Palau.
Players keep note of their scores on a 1-15 grid board (there is a 15+ token for each player if their scores go above 15). Each player also has 3 coloured Betting tokens marked A, B and C, plus a Nose card and a Lie-O-Meter card.
The game is played with the players as individuals or in teams. The rules are that one player takes on the role of the SPOILER (Question Master) each round so that during the course of the game every player will have been the Spoiler. As the game is played over three Turns the winner is the player with the most points when the game ends, although the rules are quite vague about what constitutes a Turn so we presumed it was when all players have been the Spoiler once.
There are three type of question cards: Movies; which ask about the Storyline, Trailer; which questions the dialogue in a movie and Poster where the question is about the tagline from a movie. The Spoiler reads out a question from one of the cards, one surmises that the deck of cards are shuffled together and the player whose turn it is to be the Spoiler takes the top card and tells the other players what the subject is. They then read out one of the questions from the card along with all three answers, two of which are wrong and one correct. The Spoiler then places two of their betting tokens face down on the board ensuring that the third token is also kept secret. They must place the correct answer token on the Star space and the other token on the Hook/Trap space. Then they then try to lead the other players astray by pushing them (not literally) towards one of the answers. They can suggest that the incorrect answer is correct or that the correct answer is correct, obviously not letting on which answer is which.
Example. The answer to the question is A. The Spoiler places the A token face down on the Star and then either the B or the C on the Trap space, for this example let's say they place the B token. The Spoiler then hints strongly that they believe the correct answer is B and places the Recommended Tile pointing at the Trap or the Star. Remember, the Spoiler knows what the correct answer is and has placed the A accordingly on the Star and the B on the Trap. The other players, the Spoiler Hunters, then place one of their tokens face down on the board to represent their answer, A,B or C.
Once all players have decided and placed their tokens face down on the board, they then discuss amongst themselves whether to point the +1 tile at the A, B or C on the edge of the board. This will add an extra point when the true answer is known, to the players who chose correctly and to the Spoiler if he fooled them. If, in a 4 player game, one player selects the correct answer, in our example that would be A they would score 1 point. If the +1 tile had been pointed at A on the board the player would have scored 2 points. The second player chose B (which is incorrect) so the Spoiler gains one point (points are marked by ID markers on the scoreboard. The third player selected C and so they do not score, but neither does the Spoiler, so basically nothing happens as player 3 is neither correct nor incorrect (I really am not happy or comfortable with this but it's the way the game scoring has been written). Player 4 of course is the Spoiler and they have lied to the players by trying to convince them that the correct answer was B. Because the Spoiler lied they have to move the Lie-O-Meter out one space thus increasing the length of their nose (this method of recording lying has been used before in at least one other game I have played but it is still fun to see the Pinocchio nose grow. If the Spoiler hasn't lied the Lie-O-Meter is moved back towards the face. The nose never moves any further than the dotted lines and end of the card parameters.
Movie, Tagline or Trailer
The score system takes a little to get used to, mainly because the rules have been translated from Spanish into English, quite well actually, but a little ambiguous in places. At the end of the third round the players add the scores they have on the track, plus the 15 or 30 point token if they have obtained one, and then add or subtract their Nose score. If after all that the highest scoring players have the same total then it is a tie; if there is a single player with the highest score then they are the winner.
In jocular fashion, the rules suggest that the cards used should be destroyed 5 seconds after the game finishes. Of course there is an alternative to this, and that is putting them aside in a zip-loc bag and only adding them back to the game once you have played enough times to have gone all the way through the entire deck.
The films chosen are apparently all available free to watch on the internet, though it is better not to tell your players beforehand what these films are as they will gain an advantage when playing. I like old movies but in truth I haven't (or hadn't - I have now) heard of any of the films mentioned in SPOILERS. This is a regular Movie Quiz game with some fun parts and an interesting bluff and score system. The box says it's for players aged 12+ and that's fair because the majority of 12+ year olds will have just about the same chance as anyone older because with the choice of Movies the majority of players will be just guessing at the answers anyway (unless the players have an extraordinary knowledge of weird and abstract films. DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER IF YOU DON'T WANT A SPOILER
Watch the nose grow.
I will give one example of what I mean about weird and abstract. The subject is Movies and the film in question is "Slime City". The question is "Who is Alex's first victim? A: His Girlfriend, B: A Prostitute or C: A Tramp. I have never heard of "Slime City" therefore I have no idea who Alex is and thus equally no idea who he killed first. Apparently "Slime City" is a 1988 American Horror Film. It appears to be the first film that Bunny Levine was in (check her out on IMDB, she has had a lot of screen time). Oh yes, Alex was played by that well known actor, Craig Sabine.
Hmmm! Doesn't look like the type of movie I would go to the cinema to watch, but it certainly looks weird and abstract.