Cash ‘N Guns Review

“In an abandoned warehouse a gangster band is splitting its loot, but they can’t agree on the split! It’s time to let the guns talk and soon everyone is aiming at everyone. The richest surviving gangster wins the game!” – Board Game Geek

Cash N’ Guns is a light game for 4-8 players that plays in around 30 minutes.

One player starts as the Mob Boss, he basically controls the pacing of the game. At the beginning of each round loot cards are revealed on the table to show what’s up for grabs. Players then “load their guns” by secretly picking a “Bang!” or a “Click! Click!” card from their hand. Once everyone is ready the Mob Boss counts to three, and on “Three” players point their foam guns at someone else; the Boss can tell one player that is pointing a gun at him that they need to point it in another direction. After players have a chance to look around the room at other players and potential threats the Boss counts to three again and anyone who doesn’t want to risk getting shot can chicken out and remove themselves from the round by laying down their player character on the table.

Everyone that is still pointing a gun and has not chickened out now reveals their card, and anyone who is the target of a “Bang!” takes a wound marker, lays down their character, and does not get to share in the available loot. Starting with the Boss, everyone still in the round takes one loot card at a time from the table — money, diamonds, paintings, the position of Boss, medical care (to remove a wound), or a new bullet (to add a “Bang!” card to your hand) — until everything has been claimed.

After eight rounds, the game ends. Whoever has the most diamonds receives a big bonus, and paintings score based on the number of them that you’ve collected. Whoever has the most valuable stash wins.

Cash N’ Guns is by far one of my favourite party games. There is usually lots of laughter as some people get into character, some people joyfully stab each other in the back, or fool others into thinking so. It has great immersion as everyone can imagine being gangsters overlooking a pile of loot hoping to get their mits on the lions share. The game has good quality pieces as well as the guns themselves are a good sturdy foam and everything else that isn’t a card is a hardy cardboard. The game also has the option of character specific abilities which bring a new level to the game.

For the parents:

Violence: If you have any reservations at all about pointing foam guns at each other and simulating a mobster standoff this is not the game for you. Shooting each other with foam guns  is the main mechanic in this game.

Sex: Cartoony female characters but none are drawn overly sexually

Swearing: None

Drinking or Drugs: One character is shown to be holding a cigar

Horror/Occult: None

 

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