And … ACTION! Oh, come on! You’ve got to be ready to make a movie at a moment’s notice. That is, unless you don’t want to keep your new director job … is that the case? I thought not. 

In this preview of That’s a Wrap, I take a look at a prototype of the Hollywood bidding game and give you the details along with some of my initial thoughts. Ready to check it out? Then it’s like I said – ACTION!


What Is It?

An auction/bidding card game where players compete to keep their job as the new movie director for a major film studio – there can only be one!
Players first bid for the best actors and scripts and then combine those with studio cards and their genre cards to create the most interesting movies. They want their movies to earn lots of money and influence, so that they can then win some of the coveted Oskie awards! It plays over 4 rounds so players have plenty of time to build up their reserve of money and influence, and plenty of opportunities to compete for said awards.


Who Is It For?

I’d recommend this to fans of bidding games as well as those who don’t mind a little luck (since dice rolls will contribute to their films’ successes). I’d also say it’s good for fans of the theme because it does it’s theme well and has some fun with it. Finally, I’d go ahead and recommend it to ages 8+ because it’s not very difficult and kids would probably be able to get into the theme a lot.


PROS

  • Fun theme
  • Colorful/vibrant
  • Good for families
  • Pretty easy to play/understand; not heavy on strategy

CONS

  • A bit long for what it is; gets repetitive over the 4 rounds
  • 2-player game has a 3rd “dummy player” which I’m never a fan of. To me it says that the game should just be 3+ players and I wouldn’t recommend it at 2.
  • The dice feel unnecessary since there’s already the bidding on cards at the start and the choice of whether or not to add influence before competing for Oskies, so that randomness factor of the dice felt like too much

Difficulty

Like I said, this game isn’t super difficult by any means, so I’d probably only give it a 2, maybe a 2.5 for difficulty. The rounds are pretty straightforward and other than adding in the “advanced” cards (basically just better stats on those) in round 3, the rounds and phases don’t really change very much. There’s some light strategy in choosing what to bid on, how much to bid, and when to spend influence and how much of that as well, but nothing over the top.

Final Thoughts

Overall, it’s a neat card game and I really like how well the theme works with the gameplay. I wouldn’t recommend it at 2 players personally, so it isn’t so much for me (since I usually play at 2 only), but if you’re interested in the theme and like a bit of bidding and dice rolling, you should check it out!

Happy Gaming~


Additional Information:
Designer – Adam Sadiq
Artist – Madison Crabtree
Publisher – Self-Published; Diacrtical Games
BGA
BGG

*I was provided a prototype copy of this game to do this preview*
*All components shown are subject to change*

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