Channel A is a game designed by Ewen Cluney, published by Asmadi Games. It is for 3-6 players, but is possible to play more. In this game, players will be pitching the titles for new Anime shows to the Producer. The player that is best able to pitch their shows will be declared the winner.
To begin, separate the two different types of cards, Title cards and Premise cards. These two stacks are then shuffled separately. That’s really all the set up that this game requires. Play can now begin.
One player is chosen to be the Producer. That player draws 5 premise cards. They choose 2 of the 5 and discard the rest. Those 2 cards are then read aloud to the other players. Each player will then draw a hand of 10 Title cards. In later rounds, the players will simply replenish their hands back to 10. Players then try to make titles that fit the 2 Premise cards that the Producer read earlier by using up to 4 Title cards from their hand. In turn order the players will try to pitch their show idea, giving the Producer a brief explanation. From this point, voting occurs. The Producer counts out loud to 3 and all players point to the player whose pitch they liked best. That player receives 2 points and the 2 Premise cards to represent the points with. Used Title cards are discarded and players draw back up to 10 cards. The next player in turn order becomes the Producer this round. This continues until either everyone gets tired of playing or each player has been the Producer a set number of times as determined by the number of players. The player with the most points at the end is the winner.
The only components to this game are two rather large sets of cards. The backs of the cards have cute anime style art on them. The front of the cards are quite different. The Premise cards are rather bland and boring, with merely the idea typed out. The Title cards are artistically better. While there’s not a lot of art to them, they still have an interesting look. Each word that is represented has a font and background that kind of matches the word in really unique ways. The cards are sturdy and are great for lots of repeated play. They are definitely unique and are a great design for a party game. They definitely look better than other party games like Apples to Apples and the like. I just wish there had been a little more to them. Still, they aren’t bad and they get the job done.
8 out of 10
The rulebook for this game isn’t all that large. It’s a tri-fold sheet with only 4 pages. The first page has all the rules on it. The second page has tips on how to play the game and the beginning of the variants for gameplay. The third page has lots more variants on it. There are a LOT of variants for playing this game included here. I mean a LOT! The last page has the only pictures or graphics and it’s the front of the tri-fold along with a description of what the game is, along with credits. Again, not bad but I like my rules to have a few more pictures. I especially like to see examples of gameplay. I see that they put a shadow image on the first and third pages but I’d have liked more. Although, I can see why they didn’t. The rulebook is so jam packed with info that there really isn’t any place to put pictures without adding more pages and thus adding to the cost. Overall, it’s not bad and completely understandable.
8 out of 10
HOLY COW! This game is SO much fun. I’ve played Apples to Apples and other games like that but this game takes the cake. I laughed more playing this game than any other party game that I’ve ever played. It’s absolutely awesome! This is a game that is really easy to play. You don’t have to be a fan of anime shows to like the game but it doesn’t hurt. As a matter of fact, it does help you to come up with some really great titles for shows. I love coming up with the titles. I’d say that’s my favorite part, that and laughing at the other player’s titles. My friends really seemed to enjoy it as well. Not much more I can say other than that.
10 out of 10
Channel A is a light party game of anime fun. This is a game that you will love playing. If you’re like me, you’ll want to keep playing it until you feel like doing something different. That’s the beauty of this game. You don’t have to have a set number of rounds like in other games. You can play as long as you want. The game lasts around 30 minutes or so if you use the predetermined end game as set out in the rules. You can play much longer than that though and you will want to. It will make you laugh out loud. You may even find yourself rolling on the floor laughing. Party game fans and especially anime fans will really enjoy this one. I highly recommend this one. It’s a lot of fun and is a lot easier to carry around then Apples to Apples. This game is better and has easily surpassed it in every way. I look forward to playing it again very soon. You really should pick up a copy of this and give it a try. It’s well worth it.
9 out of 10
For more information about this and other great games, please check out Asmadi Games at their site.