I've just spent 3 hours with my two boys (9 and 7) and we did not touch the Wii once! The reason? TitleChase! So what's this then, you're wondering? Well, in a nutshell, TitleChase is a board game where you're the manager of a football team – any team you like. You go through a whole season playing league and cup matches, buying and selling players, earmarking money from sponsorship, ticket sales, new club strip, etc., but watch out – you can get fined for crowd violence, poor player discipline, even failing drug tests!
You buy and sell Star players to help your team's track record and aim to be the team on top of the League at the end of the season.
Here's the low-down on this board game that's appeared from now and is catching on with kids of all ages (42 is still a kid, right?).
What Is It?
TitleChase is a Football-based Board game with supporting CD. Yes, it's aimed at football fans, but the rules are simple enough that you can have fun playing it even if you do not know the first thing about the game.
What Does It Do?
It's similar to Monopoly in that you move round a board based on the throw of a dice (sometimes two) and you collect or spend money on items (in this case players or fines, not houses and hotels). As you land on the various squares, you have to make choices to try and build a strong squad and make it through the various rounds of the Cup and keep ahead in the League.
What's Cool About It?
My boys loved the fact that the CD allows you to choose your own teams and play them against the great names – you can even print off the fixture list and League Table. You are all Team Managers, but you also get to choose who's going to be the League Chairman, President, Treasurer and Match Referee. The excitement builds as you get closer to the Cup Final, and you should have heard the roar when Daniel's Devils knocked Chelsea out of the Cup to meet Dad's Demons in the Final! Back in the League, we've got Matthew's Mighty taking on the relatively unknown Man United – and getting a 3-2 home win! This is a game that captures the attention from the start, and the passion to win builds quickly.
Half way through the game, I asked if the boys wanted to go on the Wii – usually a guaranteed way of getting them to stop fighting with each other! 'No, Dad, we want to finish the game!' I'm not going to argue with that! You do not realize at first, but it's actually very educational – you get money (and lose it!) For various events and each player has to decide whether to spend their earnings on a Star GoalKeeper or Defender, or save up and get a Star Midfielder or Forward. You can see …"TitleChase Football Manager – We Review This Exciting New Game!"