Published by: USAopoly
# of players: 1-8
For Suggested ages 8 and up
Approx. game time: 30 minutes
Lift it! is a feast for the eyes. Colorful, unique, 3-dimensional building pieces spread about the board in in an orderly matter for your use. Nifty cranes, an hourglass, a bunch of construction cards and those hilarious head straps. Everything seems built to last, there should be no problems there. Unpacking the box is akin to opening a sweet set of new Legos.
Getting everything to fit back in can be a challenge if you don't do it right. The rulebook is a whopping 2 pages long.
Your goal is simple. Be the first to get your piece to the end of the victory track. You move by scoring points building.
On your turn, you randomly draw one of the 82 construction cards. Each card has a time limit. You use your crane to lift and drag the pieces shown on the card into the configuration shown before time runs out. You score points based on how successful you are building. You do get points for only partially completing the cards. This is nice because it means you are always moving forward.
All of these modes of building are very fun and silly. But they also clearly serve another purpose. The more success a player has, the faster he moves on the board. The faster he moves on the board, the more of these spaces he runs into to trip him up and give other opportunities to catch up or even steal points.
One downside I feel I have to mention is this: Sometimes there can be a significant gap in the hand-eye co-ordination skills between different people, especially people of very different ages. So, while the game is appealing to a broad spectrum of people, it can be a bit of a downer when it becomes obvious that some people are just a lot better than others at it. After playing a few times with the same people, you can actually start to predict the final standings. This is all despite the designers obvious attempts to keep people from running away with the game.
I was at GenCon 2015 and every time I walked past people playing this game in the Expo Hall, they were laughing and a small crowd had gathered. Every time!
I had high hopes for this game. I wanted something that took little or no time to explain. I wanted a crowd-pleaser for all ages. Lift It! hits those marks easily. It has exceeded my expectations and wishes by being truly new and different.
In case it wasn't obvious, this is not a deeply strategic game. Good motor skills and a sense of fun are certainly called for. I highly recommend it.
+Good for almost all ages
+People seem consistently attracted just by the look of it
-Limited replay if you keep playing with the same people
-Skill-based, so some (kids especially) will be at a disadvantage playing with adults