Wavelength App: Ten Things to Know

Wavelength

Genre: Party Game

Player Count: 2 – 12

Play Count as of Review: 10+

  1. Wavelength was recently released as an app, available on iOS and Android. I am reviewing the Android version but there shouldn’t be any difference between the two. The app is currently free and that means zero ads, which is huge. There are four packs that are available for purchase that add new spectrums to the digital game. The Starter pack (which comes with the free download) has 25 spectrums. The Jumbo pack adds 150, the Big Brain pack adds 75, the Chaotic pack adds 45 and the Divisive Nonsense pack adds 45.
You can also select which packs you want to play with.
  1. If you like this game, I do not think the Starter pack is diverse enough to play over time. While this is a free app, I 100% believe that players will need to buy the additional packs to really enjoy what Wavelength offers. With just the Starter pack, players will see the same spectrums every few games and while the range will more than likely change, it can be disappointing to see the same spectrum in back to back to back games.
  1. The app includes a wonderful tutorial that lasts around 90 seconds to two minutes and details how the game is played. Basically, the game gives players a spectrum, such as Hot and Cold. On that spectrum is a range that one player sees. That player will create a clue, like ‘Coffee’, to try and get the remaining players to guess where on that spectrum coffee falls. There will be some spectrums that are super easy to create a clue based on the information and there will be some that are much more abstract.
  2. The game is visually wonderful. It is eye-catching while at the same time being intuitive and easy to follow. Even without the tutorial, it would be easy to pick-up on what the game is asking you to do.
  1. The app does not include chat but you can easily pair the game with Zoom, WebEx, Google Meet, Teams, Discord, or whatever. The game is definitely better when the group is debating and arguing verbally but I will say we have also enjoyed the plays where you are just flinging the spectrum meter back and forth. There are also emojis that help you communicate for those that are not playing with a third party app.
  2. There is no pass and play so everyone will need their own smart device to play. Some people may have an issue with this (particularly if you have a room of people that are now just staring at their phones) but I prefer it this way. It makes it much quicker for players to enter their clues (as this is done simultaneously on their smart devices away from peering eyes) and allows clear visual clues for each player on where the spectrum dial falls as opposed to one player having to move it back and forth.
  1. In the starter pack, I only came across one spectrum that may not be family friendly (gauging the sexiness of an emoji) but besides that, the game felt very friendly for everyone.
  2. While Wavelength is a game that is best with a group of people, it was also enjoyable in small amounts at two-players. Just sitting on a sofa with a partner and seeing one another giggle at a clue was a good enough time for me but make no mistake, the more players the better.
  3. Like all party games, this game will be very dependent on the players themselves. If you are more outgoing or loud, you may enjoy the debating and discussing as you try to land the range on the spectrum. If you are more reserved or introverted, you may shy away from that aspect. That being said, I think the app helps mitigate a lot of that. Each player has to vote and each player has the ability to move the radial. Players can communicate with emoji’s even if using a third party app or playing in person.
  4. Wavelength has jumped to standing on the podium of my most beloved party games. I still think Monikers sits atop my party game throne but the ease and accessibility of Wavelength has it pushing its way to the front. I think the app may help unseat Monikers just because it is so quick to play and creates such lively and fun discussion between players. It scales incredibly well and while there are teams, you can easily play with odd numbers. In addition, it can play so fast. I can play three or four games of Wavelength in the timespan it takes to play Monikers. I can also only play one really impassioned game of Wavelength in the same time.

Author: Two off the Top

Just a guy that wants to talk about board games more than his significant other tolerates.

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