Experience JAWS as a suspenseful tabletop strategy game! One player menaces the island of Amity as the three-ton great white while the other players go on the hunt as Brody, Hooper, and Quint. Two thrilling phases of gameplay-Act 1: Amity Island and Act 2: The Orca-capture the edge-of your-seat excitement of the classic film.
The tension in this game is intense. I can't believe how hard my heart was pounding as those pesky fisherman (and some lowsy jerk on the land) tried to stop me from eating! I'm a shark, this is the water... What did they expect was going to happen?
I played Jaws with 3 friends, I was Bruce. Everybody's favorite swimming companion. So nice they put him on the front of the box, pearly whites and all. In Act 1 as the shark, it's your job to eat swimmers. How many you eat sets up how well you set yourself up for Act 2. While I was swimming around getting my fill, 3 of my friends took on the roles of Quint, Hooper and Brody trying to stop me. They threw some barrels in the water to track my movement but I was able to skirt the outsides and avoid movement sensors unless one beach had enough swimmers to make it worth it. I ate the maximum amount of swimmers a shark can stomach (that is 9) which meant I was pretty set for the second act.
Doing so well in the first act meant the poor saps on the Orca were unable to get enough weapons to effectively defend themselves. Their melee weapons could help, but their REAL saving Grace was a flare. They attached a flare to me the first round (must have been waterproof) and it kept hitting me until I was able to go all Taylor Swift and shake it off. By then I was half dead. Even with a huge advantage there was still a lot of tension.
I eventually destroyed the boat and had another tasty meal in the process. I can't recommend this game enough. I do think it is probably best playing with friends that are old enough to have seen the movie.
Pretty fun game - the "island" act creates an interesting arc of the shark trying to get as many kills as possible while the other players slowly reduce the amount of space it can go without being detected. During this phase all four characters play slightly differently (and all four must be used, regardless of how many players you have), but it's not as intimidating as it seems like at first - each character does different things, but those things are fairly simple so it's not overwhelming. As a result it probably plays best with four players (which is the only way I've played it so far) but it shouldn't be overwhelming with fewer. The rule book is pretty good, but there are a lot of details that are easy to miss at first, which could cause some confusion with casual players. The "boat" act (which I'm starting to see referred to as the "whack a mole" phase) is still fun but probably not as interesting as the island phase, and feels repetitive after a while - pop up in a random spot, humans attack, sharks attack, repeat until either the humans/boat or the shark dies. Familiarity with the movie is not necessary to enjoy the game, though there are a few thematic aspects (player roles, flavor text, etc) that might enhance the play a little for fans of the movie. Everything combined, it's an enjoyable experience that does a good job matching gameplay to subject matter. (Note: I was given a copy of this game for review).
It’s just enough. There are just enough rules to keep it together without feeling like a straight jacket. Instead, it feels like JAWS. Very few games can re-create the emotional arc of a movie. This comes as close as possible. And the details are an absolute love letter. If you’re fond of the mayor’s sportcoats, the inside of the box will speak to you profoundly. Played it twice and quoted the movie the whole time.
Awesome interpretation of a classic movie. You don't have to have seen the movie to play though! If you HAVE seen the movie, you'll appreciate the attention to detail with the connection to the characters, Amity Island, the weapons, the Orca, and more. Game play is well thought out. Graphics are detailed and whimsical. And the game pieces include both cardboard and wooden pieces are high quality, not flimsy. In the first act, up to 3 players (Quint, Brody, and Hooper) coordinate with unique roles to try and locate and attach barrels to the shark. The 4th player tries to elude capture and eat as many swimmers as possible. In the 2nd act, the shark attacks the Orca and tries to either destroy the boat or eat all 3 characters. The characters try to wound the shark with various weapons (though to give the shark a fair chance to win, it doesn't swallow the oxygen tank and blow up like in the movie lol). There are a lot of small pieces and intricate rules for each character, so the age recommendation is appropriate. I played with my 10-14 year old nephews and once they learned the rules, they immediately started strategizing and thinking multiple turns ahead. I liked the division into 2 "Acts." You can play both back to back or separately. We liked connecting the 2 Acts because the winner of the first act got an advantage in the second. Overall very enjoyable strategy game! I received an advance copy of the game in exchange for my opinion.
The game components are great and the instructions were easy to follow. The game was pretty easy to learn. The play is divided into 2 acts (which are pretty theme-y when compared to the film). You can play either act separately or together. We found playing the together was better. The Co-op style of play reminding me a bit of Scotland Yard; with one player playing the Shark while the rest of the players team up with their abilities and items to try to catch and take out the Shark. I was actually pretty surprised at how fun it was. The play is actually well-balanced and in our plays there wasn't any alpha gamer telling the other player what to do. I would definitely check this one out if you like co-ops and certainly, if you're a fan of the movie. I received my copy in exchange for my honest opinion of the game.
As an early reviewer I reviewed this game in exchange for my opinion. I played this game with my 11 year old and 7 year old. There were able to play it pretty well, it just took some tim to set everything up and explain the rules. The person who plays jaws does have to be honest to play this game. Overall, it was a great game and my kids love playing it!
If you LOVE the movie JAWS and love board games, you will love this game. The game is excellent quality and the instructions are relatively easy to follow (complex, but not confusing). The game incorporates the storyline quite impressively and creatively without making it just a gimmick. The instructions say 12+ but i play it with my 7 and 9 year old with only minor simplifications. My only complaint is that act 2 has the potential to get quite lengthy and be a bit redundant. Otherwise, great quality, clever idea and implementation and an excellent addition to a shark week!!!