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Game Review – The Princess Bride: Prepare to Die

The Princess Bride: Prepare to Die game is a riot!

Who doesn’t love Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride? The movie is one of my absolute favorites, and his character is great. “Hello, My  Name is Inigo Montoya, prepare to die.” Great quote – as is “Ever hear of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates? Morons.” And yes, part of the reason I love that second quote so much is that I was a philosophy major. What happens when other people use the phrase? For example, “Hello, my name is Thomas Crapper. You ave me a nice paper cut and poured lemon juice on it. Prepare to die!” Hours of laughter. That’s what happens. In The Princess Bride: Prepare to Die, that’s exactly what you do – pair the famous (and infamous) with reasons they might tell someone to prepare to die.

So when I saw this game for sale at ThinkGeek I had to get it for my husband for Valentine’s Day. I figured it would be a great game to play as a family, given how much we enjoy playing games and how much we enjoyed the Princess Bride.

There are three different ways to play the game; all three resemble game play for another of our favorite games, Apples to Apples. All three “games” involve having a judge while the other players select their cards.  In one game, the judge puts down the “Hello my name is” card and players throw in their “prepare to die cards.” The judge then chooses the “best fit.” In another, the “prepare to die card” is put down, and the “hello my name is” cards are played and chosen from.

“The Full Montoya” version was my favorite. In this version, you play both a “Hello” card and a “Prepare” card. The judge then selects the best combination of the two.

The Princess Bride: Prepare to Die was a lot of fun to play. Have you tried this game? What was your favorite pairing?

3 Comments

  1. I always get tripped up when I read this character’s name. I see it as Iñigo but maybe that didn’t translate well to English, the n-ya, with Castilian/Spanish “ñ”. Loved this film, it takes me back to childhood :D And now there’s a game! Even better.

  2. I’m glad you mentioned Inigo’s name – Once I learned Spanish, I wondered about that myself. The film is great, and as I said in my review, the game was a riot. It’s definitely one I’ll bust out the next time I have guests over for dinner!

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