by Amanda Nettgen
Therapy the Game
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Number of players:
3-6 Players/Teams (possible with 2)
Footprint score: 3.5/5
You already sit on a couch to play board games; why not take it up a notch with Therapy? Therapy is a revealing party game that challenges you to channel your inner “ID”.
The game and gameplay
You start by selecting your favorite color couch and place it on the psychiatrist office that hue’s assigned to. The highest roll goes first, and as you proceed around the board, you’re aiming to achieve Mastery in all of the Stages of Life. These include Infancy, Childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood, Seniority and Cosmos.
Obtaining Mastery status may remind you of The Game of Life, as you get to add a colored peg to your couch whenever you act as a good therapist, or answer a life stage question right.
Whenever someone lands on an Insight space, a psychological trivia question is asked to you by another player, and if you get it right, you awarded the colored peg of the category your couch is currently stationed in. In the case of a player already having that colored peg, another turn is granted if they can answer the Insight question correctly.Along the board there are spaces for Insight Chance, which is like regular Insight, but with a risky twist. Basically it works just like the usual question space, except for the big downer that if you get the question wrong, you must move to the center of the board (Psychosis) and lose a Mastery peg, and then proceed to someone’s therapy room on your next turn (essentially granting them a free peg).
You can pass, thankfully, and in that instance just not have an opportunity to get a peg. I really question why the game developers thought anyone would want to risk losing a peg when the chances are so high that you will.
As soon as a player has netted all six Mastery pegs, they simply need to pass the finish line to win. The good news is that if they land in an opponent’s therapy office along the way, they can immediately roll out, because they’re “too good for that” now.
Pros and cons
+ The facts you learn through answering the Insight questions are all very interesting (a baby will look longer at a face expressing fear than one showing
happiness, for example).
+ Crisis cards are also present and contain cute dilemmas such as: “You wake up on the morning of your 50th birthday, suddenly not sure who you are. Exchange places with any other player at the board and play your new space immediately.”
+ Anytime you engage in therapy, it’s a good way of gauging how well you know your friends and family members.
– The fact that a Patient is stuck in a Therapist’s office until they can be “cured” is not only enough to send them to the insane asylum, it’s unfair.
– If you play older editions of this game, the data might not line up with current trends.
Therapy is definitely a game with some personality. There’s no reason to be scared off by the name!