The M25 – A game based on the UK’s most expensive practical joke. Now you too can experience the frustration and botheration of the country’s most hated motorway. Who do you know that experiences the 127 miles of the M25 – you can now share with them their tale of woe from start to finish.
The game is easy – all that is required of you is to keep a level head and get from the start to the finish; as to be expected your journey will be impaired because you have to use the M25. During the course of your journey you will be required to lip read what other drivers are trying to say to you; gesticulate in the form of a mime what you may think of player’s driving or draw a phrase which you may feel describes other drivers or the M25.
The back of the box blurb above pretty accurately describes The M25 board game. Quite why anyone would be so frustrated sitting in traffic on the M25 that they decided to make everyone else endure the same pain by making a board game of it, I just don’t know. But that’s exactly what they did.
Aim of the game
The aim of the M25 game is to go all the way round the M25 one way, go round the M11 access roundabout and then go back the opposite direction before arriving into central London and trying to find a parking space there. It’s the sort of thing that brings most drivers out in a cold sweat. And bear in mind that as a 1980s game this was all before the congestion charge was introduced. Or the ULEZ. Yet it still looks and sounds as daunting as it does today!
This is obviously designed as a party game as it’s designed for 3 to 12 players, although what sort of dinner parties ended in an agreement to play a game like this is also beyond me.
Players get to move their counters around the M25 based on how well they do on the M25 cards in the game. The die is only used for starting the game and when players are on slip roads.
There are four types of cards altogether. Simple ones that tell you to do something relating to your motorway journey. Then three more types that give the game its party flavour: lip read, charade or draw cards. Basically it’s like playing charades, trying to lip read or play Pictionary within the game. Depending on what type of square you’re on when you take the card determines which clue on the card you need to get others to guess. And if a player does guess correctly both of you get to move a number of spaces further forward on the board. If no one guesses correctly you still get to move, just not as far.
Both the board and the box have a cartoon style to their artwork, giving the game an overall very 80s theme.
Whilst this might work well as a bit of a joke game for anyone that does have to use the M25 on a regular basis, I can imagine that joke wearing thin quite quickly. If you’re after a decent party game then you may well do better with a game that focusses more on one of the guessing elements – lip reading, drawing or miming.
If a game about roads is more your thing then take a look at what I thought of the classic vintage game Motorway instead.
About The M25 board game
For 3 – 12 players, age 10 to adult.
Contents: Board, 168 M25 cards, 12 playing pieces, 1 dice, pad and pencil, full rules
Distributed in the UK by B V Leisure Ltd, St Ives, Cambs.
Available secondhand online here.
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