Playing time: 45 minutes
We’ve been playing quite a lot of Flash Point recently. It’s one of those games where you think “why didn’t I think of this idea?” It is someone fun, nail-biting, and realistic all rolled into one.
The concept is pretty simple: you are a team of firefighters and you need to rescue people (plus a dog and a cat) from a burning building. As the game progresses the fire intensifies and the building starts falling down. Things even explode.
I’m a big fan of this game. I love the way a person (or possibly the dog/cat) appears first as a “point of interest” and you don’t know whether it’s a false alarm until you check it out. I love the way fire spreads really quickly. And I also love that an additional character is the rescue dog – great on movement, rubbish at actually putting out fires. And I love the fact that you can voice the figures and give them cheesy B-movie dialogue.
Because it’s a cooperative game, it’s possible for someone else to take your turn while you deal with a baby. There are a fair number of small tokens, but no more than many games. There are also some black cubes (representing damage done to walls by explosions or you knocking them down) which could be particularly attractive to small people.
Summary: buy this game.