alwaysPeacock wrote: ↑
Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:20 am
So for some reason this is available on the Amazon.in site HERE
. They’ve got slightly higher resolution copies of the promotional photos ...
... including this look at the back of the box, revealing exactly how this mirror works:
Definitely very different effect than the promotional photo I posted above. It does make me wonder whether that’s actual demo artwork to be removed prior to use (which is very misleading if so), since it’s unlikely a complete set of playing cards would be split up and inserted into this mirror prior to packaging.
This is exactly how I thought it would work from the start, which is why the promo photos made no sense to me. And it’s the reason I kept saying it would be difficult to achieve the pictured result when loading it. Obviously during setup, in order to achieve this very curated result in the mirror reveal, the categories have to be carefully kept track of when shuffled and a card removed. Players will have to keep track of which pile is the suspect, weapon and room, while face down, in order to insert them in the proper order. And they will have to make sure they orient them correctly such that all cards are bottom end down. Again, it’s not rocket science, but it’s not as easy as slipping a stack of three cards into the envelope either. And for what exactly? It’s inevitable that at the final nail biting moment when the cards are dramatically revealed many games will end in the cards being inserted in the incorrect order and likely upside down, probably requiring their removal to confirm the actual solution.
I suppose if all is prepared correctly it simplifies the ending in which the accuser determines whether they are correct at the press of a button, prior to revealing for all. But it also seems less dramatic in that way as well. I don’t know how you all do it, but I tend to hold the cards close as I review, then if correct, dramatically lay them out one by one in the correct order and orientation as I announce them. Turning a gimmicky mirror around and pressing the button on the front while holding it so all can see seems a little awkward and anti-climactic to me.
As for spending the extra money on it, many may opt for the savings over the smaller square box, but those of us on this forum would definitely buy the more expensive version, not for the mirror, but the tokens. Many of us have bought the Cluedo version for exactly this reason. Many of us haven’t gone to the expense though. I’m not sure I would have picked it up if not for traveling to Oz when it was released. And I paid around $19US for it, which seems to be the going rate outside the US. So Hasbro is just bringing the game inline with the pricing for the rest of the world, probably hoping that the cheap gimmicky mirror helps justify the price increase. My guess is they will not continue to offer the cheaper edition alongside this game at most retail locations. The cheaper square version is likely to only show up on the shelves of a Walgreens, rather than the Targets.
And then there’s the construction of this thing as well. The “mirror” is undoubtably either a thin film that’s easily punctured, or a stronger coated plastic panel that is easily scratched, eventually making the mirror hazy at best. And then there’s the 3 AAA batteries, an unecessary expense and wasteful use of batteries that will likely just go on to damage the environment, or leak and corrode in the box.
All things considered this mirror business is a real low point for Hasbro.
EDIT: Yes the higher res photos reveal more about how this works. My guess is that the custom artwork is indeed intended for the demo. You can see the card stops which put the cards at the correct height to reveal the captions. Showing the correct presentation on the back of the box ensures Hasbro can't be accused of false advertising. It appears to be a long picture of Scarlett with the Candlestick in the Billiard Room with a caption at the bottom, which has been printed in three different places on the same size card, so that the entire vignette lines up as one seamless image when the three cards are inserted.
NOTE: the cards in this edition have been changed, so that instead of a white banner across the cards with the name, the bottom half of the card is completely white so that they line up as a solid white narrative to the bottom, separated only by the black border of the cards.
By the way, on the front box cover, why is the knife floating in midair, or otherwise stuck randomly to the wall ... is it supposed to imply some kind of supernatural occurrence? I can't wait to see how the mirror is described in the instructions -- could it be that Mr. Boddy's spirit reveals to the suspects what actually happened through the family heirloom, supernatural mirror?
cacums wrote: ↑
Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:30 am
A lesser-known cacums fact: The back of the box is as important to me as the cover. I really like this one a lot. In fact, I favor the back of the box better than the cover.
To be fair, the back of the box is not really substantially different than the original box back. It just has the dumb mirror now.