Having enjoyed quite a number of games in this general vein with the family on Switch, I want to be clear that this is a pretty competitive space as a whole with a fair number of options to choose from. With that in mind, differentiation is a challenge between this, Use Your Words (which has additional game options), and What the Dub (by the same developer) aside from the addition of the Rifftrax name and some entertainingly-read options you’ll have to work with. Everything here revolves around some very short clips taken from a variety of (generally bad or weird) movies, with your job being (depending on which mode you choose) to either choose a pre-made line (similar to Cards Against Humanity) or fabricate your own to go with the scene. After a vote, points are awarded for whoever manages to be the funniest in the bunch, and this proceeds for a few rounds before an overall winner is declared. Games are generally quick, entertaining, and potentially side-splittingly funny… but I’d say much of that hinges on who is playing. While the pre-made prompts can be fun for how they’re read, nobody in my family really liked that mode since you’re so constrained by what random phrases you happened to draw, being put on the spot to try to turn on the funny was much more engaging. Overall, this is still a very reasonably-priced option, and if you love the Rifftrax folks that’s undoubtedly a value-added bonus. That said, whether having become more jaded with the formula or for any number of other reasons, this just didn’t stick with my family as hard or as long as some of its peers in the space.
Justin Nation, Score: