Taskmaster: The Board Game

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Greg Davies and Little Alex Horne bring you a Taskmaster Board Game based off of their award-winning show. The aim of the game is to finish with the most points but getting those points may require you to think outside the box and try to be clever with your tasks.On the board are piles of tasks. Four piles each correspond to a different location – the kitchen, living room, lab, an…
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You Might Like

  • Recreates the chaos of the show
  • Some bonus QR content from little Alex Horne
  • Very different party game
  • Huge replayability
  • 100% family friendly

Might Not Like

  • Requires all of the house from the kitchen to the bathroom so it can get messy!
  • Some tasks can feel wasteful
  • The Taskmaster can feel left out for about 10 minutes at a time
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Greg Davies and Little Alex Horne bring you a Taskmaster Board Game based off of their award-winning show. The aim of the game is to finish with the most points but getting those points may require you to think outside the box and try to be clever with your tasks.

On the board are piles of tasks. Four piles each correspond to a different location – the kitchen, living room, lab, and garden. Alongside these, there are secret tasks and final tasks, meaning in all, there are 200 different task cards! Before each game, decide on how many tasks you want to complete, and then, each round, it is up to the Taskmaster to decide from which of the four location piles to choose the task. Each player will have a secret task to carry out during the whole game, and if the game ends without that task being detected, the player will get 3 bonus points.

The Taskmaster (either a rotating role, or a permanent game-long role) decides how to awards points. A points scheme based on the number of players (for example, if there are 4 players taking part in a task, the winner gets 4 points, 2nd place 3 points, and so on) is sensible. However, the Taskmaster has the final say and can give points however they choose to, and their word is final.

After the agreed number of tasks has been completed, the final task then takes place. Scan the QR code on a final task card which will take you to a video from Taskmaster’s very own Little Alex Horne, who will instruct you on what task all players will compete in.

Best of luck and always remember – in any questions, queries, or quibbles, the Taskmaster decides!

Player Count: 3-5
Time: 30-45 minutes
Age: 8+

If you've ever seen any sort of TV show where contestants run around doing things, you've probably thought "I could do better than that." Well, now's your chance! The Taskmaster TV show came fully formed from Alex Horne's brain, providing us all with a chance to enjoy with the subjective whims of Greg Davies. And now there's a board game, so that you can enjoy the subjective whims of your friends and family! So strap in, let's talk about the Taskmaster Board Game!

All The Information Is On The Task

The rules of the game are pretty straight forward. Players take it in turns to be the Taskmaster, putting the gilded head of Greg Davies in one of four locations - Garden, Lab, Kitchen and Living Room, and drawing a task to provide to their fellow contestants. You have to read all of the instructions and that's pretty much it. From there on in, it's the Taskmaster's call. Even the points scoring is arbitrary, with the Taskmaster able to dole out points for whatever reason they want. 

You also have a secret task that you try to do throughout the game. (Mine was pet an inanimate object like it was a pet.) If you manage to get through the game unobserved, you get a bonus three points. If anyone catches you when it's time to guess and describes your task, they get three points. Finally, you all take part in the "Final Task," either reading the task or scanning the QR code so Alex Horne reads it for you. Whoever has the most points at the end is the winner!

Oh, you also have a bonus task at the start - draw a self-portrait to go into the little picture frames to help keep track of the scores.

Your Time Starts… NOW!

We played this as part of our belated Christmas party and there was a lot of fun to be had. We drew a task from the show (conceal a pea in your mouth or hand), and we had to make a representation of the Taskmaster Trophy with stuff around the house. It's definitely a different kind of party game, and actually, one which would work well over Zoom if you can't get out to see people. 

There are some drawbacks though. The player who is the Taskmaster doesn't take part in the task they readout. It might be that someone wants to be Taskmaster the entire time and that's fine, but I felt like I had nothing to do whilst my opponents drew their hand and turned it into their face. We also drew a Final Task which was throwing paper into the box which we felt was really wasteful. That said, it is easily avoidable by putting that card back in the box. It's also not a game you'll play every game night but it is a lot of fun. It's a great change of pace from Cards Against Humanity, even though it does use the "Impress the Judge" mechanic. It brings out some of the creativity that comes from a game of Scrawl and sends you around the house, looking for the right thing to make your Taskmaster happy.  It's also completely family-friendly, so you don't have to censor for your kids.

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To make it even better, you've got an expansion of forty cards you can shuffle into the pack, so you've got even more replayability and a little Alex Horne standee to come with your game!

I really enjoyed playing the Taskmaster board game. The show is one of our favourites and it really does capture the essence of the merriment we all enjoy. 

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Rating

  • Artwork
  • Complexity
  • Replayability
  • Player Interaction
  • Component Quality

You might like

  • Recreates the chaos of the show
  • Some bonus QR content from little Alex Horne
  • Very different party game
  • Huge replayability
  • 100% family friendly

Might not like

  • Requires all of the house from the kitchen to the bathroom so it can get messy!
  • Some tasks can feel wasteful
  • The Taskmaster can feel left out for about 10 minutes at a time