I first had a chance to see Never Have I Ever at Toy Fair, and then again at PAX East. Having my contact information, INI, LLC got in touch with me and send they were going to send me a copy of the game. To tell you the truth, I wasn’t very interested. I had seen enough of the game as it was already. Then I thought I shouldn’t be thinking like that, and I should give the game a shot with people who I know enjoy this sort of thing.
I shouldn’t have thought like that. This game is an absolute dud, following on the footsteps of Cards Against Humanity like so many other games. The biggest problem with this one? It’s personal.
The game boils down to admitting whether or not you’ve done whatever embarrassing thing is on the card. If you are, you keep that card. Be the first to get 10 of these cards and you win. There’s also rule cards drawn each round that dictate a certain style of play. Some may have you take a card from each player and have to answer them all at once, etc…
It’s a game that’s designed to make you uncomfortable. Even playing with people who I know enjoy games in a similarly vein it still failed miserably. I don’t think I’ve ever had a gaming session with so many uncomfortable silences. I don’t know, maybe you need to REALLY be plastered to get anything out of this one, and that’s just not the way I like to enjoy a gaming session…and I’ve played both Drunk Quest and Drinking Quest.
It stinks. I hate it. It’s not worth the paper it’s printed on.
Harsh? Yes. Should you buy it? Gee, what do you think I’m going to say?
A review copy of Never Have I Ever was provided free for review by INI, LLC.