Anyone who has ever attempted to organise a group photo knows the pain in the butt they can be. Trying to capture everyone smiling and with their eyes open is nightmare enough without the argument about who stands next to ‘farty’ auntie Mabel. It is this wonderful theme that is the heart of Picture Perfect
- finding the perfect shot while keeping your subjects as happy as possible.
The culmination of this is taking an actual photo on your smart phone to make sure you got the right angles for scoring. It’s a quick playing game that has as much excitement in the scoring as it does the rest of the game. It’s also easy to teach - as we will see…
Probably the biggest problem with Picture Perfect is the set up. Each of the 14 ‘characters’ of your photo come as standees which each player gets a set off. Each standee has one cardboard envelope that three preference cards much be put in secretly during set up. These three cards will determine the character’s preferences for the photo. Sometimes they will contradict each other but even meeting one of them will score you points at the end of the game.
Players place a screen up and a player mat that holds a cardboard table and gives you the spaces around the table that you can place the characters on to. You can do this in whatever way you please during the game, but at the end each character must be in one space only and facing the front.
I keep saying characters because two of them aren’t human. One is a tree, and the other a dog, and neither of these characters are assigned gender. Which is important as some preferences are to be stood next to or not stood next to one gender or another.
Others preferences are about where they stand - next to the table, away from the table. On the left, on the right. Often these contrary and fickle folk will want to be on the left and the right! Oh the life of a photographer!