Publisher: Moody Macaw
Game Development & Graphics: Akshata Prabhu
Content: Aditi Bachhawat
Players: 2 - 6
Duration: 15 - 20 minutes
Age recommended: 18+
Time to learn: 5 minutes
Make & Break Board Game Review
I love playing matchmaker. It is a trait which can often annoy my friends. Now I have a game where I create lovely couples of all sorts, until someone comes along and breaks them up!
He loves me. He loves me not. And so goes the game of Make & Break. Players draw cards and try to match and play couples in their play area based on sexual orientation. For example, you can create straight couples, gay couples, or even mix-and-match with bi-sexual partners. You earn points for couples as you go and couples can even have children for additional points. Happy couples, meaning you play a Proposal card and get a tad bit lucky, can get married. If they are extremely lucky they attain Happily Married Status.
However, couples beware! There are other players lurking in wings who will be trying to break your couples apart with Breakup and Divorce cards. Or even, gasp(!) creating affairs between partners of couples and stealing the new couple for their own.
Play continues around your table until one player manages to complete enough pairs to reach a winning number of points. Points are calculated throughout the game and a winner is declared when they reach a certain point total which is determined by the number of players.
Not much is off limits in our group, so we found Make & Break hilarious. Especially when we made up backstories for our couples and the tragic circumstances behind their relationship's demise.
This theme won’t be for everyone. Buyers should fully understand this game is about making and breaking up (fictional) couples to win points. Some will not find this fun or funny and should not purchase this game.
Quick and portable, this makes a fun travel game for adults.
If the theme does not offend you, this can be a really funny game if you make it.
Some people will not be OK with this game. It is a fun, light-hearted game about a serious subject, but there will be some who do not find the topic funny or appropriate.
Keeping track of points throughout the game requires one (or all as the rules suggest) player to be responsible for this task. A point tracker would help, but we know the game wouldn’t be as portable in that case.
Gateway Game Score: 8/10
Overall Rating: 7/10
This review was written by Fifi McFluffins.