The Rear Window board game, based on the classic movie, looks amazing
Funko wades into classic cinema with Rear window set, a modern board game based on the classic 1954 film starring Jimmy Stewart and directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The final product supports three to five players and will arrive this summer for $34.99.
At first glance, this all sounds like a terrible idea. A licensed board game based on a movie released less than a decade after the end of World War II? Not quite the right recipe to suit modern table tastes. But the game is being developed by Funko Games’ Prospero Hall studio, whose expertise in licensed hardware is well known.
We recently reviewed Prospero Hall’s Fast & Furious: Highway Heist and I found it excellent. We also previewed his upcoming Jurassic World: Legacy of Isla Nublar, and we’re excited to see how the final product turns out. So I have every confidence that they will treat the source material with respect. But what about the gameplay?
Well, from the sound of it Rear window set kinda feels like a riff on Mysterium, a game that relies on secret information and non-verbal communication. The Polygon’s Overboard team had a great time, but Mysterium can be random depending on who is sitting behind the screen. Time will tell if Prospero Hall can make a similar concept sing.
Here is the official description from Thursday’s press release:
Discover Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece rear window in this game of deduction and suspense. Watch carefully for strange clues and ominous patterns in the events unfolding in the apartments across the way. There are parties, knives, a saw, bickering, laughter, music… and a mysterious trunk. Do you detect a murder? Or does the secret, private world of neighbors plant scary thoughts in your mind?
The photos show a pair of screens, one for the director and the other for those playing Jimmy Stewart. There are also a finite number of tiles, some with pictures and some with words, that both sides of the table will need to place on the board to communicate their understanding. Expect to find out once the tabletop gaming convention circuit kicks off, and certainly by Gen Con – the largest tabletop gaming convention in the country – which takes place in August.