One of the bright spots of Origins Game Fair in Columbus this past weekend was a hidden gem of horror. YOU Are The Maniac! is a fast-paced card game for horror fans and those with a dark sense of humor. If old slasher films are your thing, or you’re looking for a way to distract yourself from the creepy man outside, this is definitely the way to go!
For 2-4 players, You Are The Maniac! puts you and your friends in the position of…well, the maniac! The point of the game is to kill as many people as possible by using weapons and masks to gain points. At the end of the game, the maniac with the most points is the true winner.
The game comes with 140 awesomely-illustrated cards that are divided into four different decks: Victim, Maniac, Plot Twist, and The Final Girl. Victims are tropes from some of our favorite horror movies (bimbos, doomsayers, and athletes), and they are all given a point value. After killing them, you can get even more points by using Maniac cards with weapons or masks. These cards can also be used to move victims around on the table or to totally screw up the hands of those playing with you.
The Plot Twist cards can either work in your favors or destroy your murderous plans. And once all of the victims have been slaughtered, you must face off with the Final Girl in order to win! The game is played in three rounds, or films; when all of the Final Girls are butchered the trilogy is then complete. And the Maniac with the most points is then the winner!
You Are The Maniac! is $24.95 and can be bought through their website, Amazon, and your local game shop. Along with the cards previously mentioned, the game’s case looks like an old VHS that truly sends the slasher theme home.
Does this strategic, darkly-humorous card game sound like a killer? Let us know in the comments below!