FTW Staff Picks - Lift It! Deluxe

For The Win Board Game Cafe's Staff Picks is a weekly series where we take a quick look at some of the staff's favourite games, old and new. 

Lift It! Deluxe

Designer: Per Gauding

Genre: Dexterity

Player Size: 1 to 8 Players

Game Length: 30 minutes

For fans of: Jenga, Bandu, Riff-Raff

Many dexterity games will test players' hand stability and reflexes. But few dare to challenge other extremities of the body. Enter Lift It! Deluxe, a game that tests the proficiency of your noggin. 

In Lift It! players compete individually or in teams to construct buildings according to the blueprint, using a crane and differently shaped pieces. Players can choose to operate the crane using their hand or their head. Certain spaces on the board will force players to use their head, or even have the building described to them instead of seeing it. 

To move along the board, players are awarded one space for every block placed correctly. Each building card is given a time limit. If players are able to finish their building in the set amount of time, they receive four bonus spaces. The first player or team to cross their Finish line wins the game. 

Lift It! is tense, hilarious and further enhanced with a little help from your friends - both in reality and in alcohol. When working in teams, two players share a hook attatched to their own individual cranes. The game is a true test of patience with the people who you may think are your "friends". It's a great party game, and the "Duel" mechanic provides some great head-to-head experiences, pun intended. 

Board games are designed to get your head thinking. Lift It! is designed to get your head moving. 

Earl OliverosComment