I gave some of my family members a challenge: give me two words that describe Mission Prep. Here's what I got:
ACTIVE & CREATIVE
UNUSUAL & AWESOME
SILLY & ORIGINAL
My family thoroughly enjoys playing Mission Prep. It's a very straight-forward game, easy to pick up and start playing.
How to Play
Everyone gathers around. The deck is shuffled. And the first player draws the top card. Do what the card says (for example, stuff 20 pieces of clothing into your clothes, it's called Doing Laundry; or Sunday Dress where you have to find a tie and tie it on yourself) and it's yours!!! Some cards are pretty easy, like Baptism, if you've been baptized, then you get the card or Car Area, the player who drives the oldest car gets the card. Others are more difficult or have a 60 second time limit. For example, for Dinner Appointment you have to set the table for 4 people, cups, plates, and silverware and do it all in 60 seconds or less. The rest of the players serve as the timer, counting to 60 as you go.
To win the game you just have to be the first player to collect the right number of cards. For a 3-4 player game that number is 10, 5 player game it's 9, and in a game of 6 or more players you have to collect 8 cards. The nice thing about this is that you can play for 20 minutes if you'd like and just see who has the most cards at the end. Lots of latitude to make it work for your situation.
What We Think
My family loves the game. It provides everyone a fun time, from 10 minutes here or there to a full game of 30 minutes or so. There are 80 cards in the deck so it won't get repetitive real quick. On that note, it would be cool to have access to some blank cards (I'm all about tweaking and creating, and I try to get my kids to do the same) that would allow families to come up with their own cards.
Overall, we give the game a 5 out of 5 rating and would recommend it (and have) to everyone!!
If you are interested in getting a copy it can be purchased from the designer, Stephen Wood, on his Etsy store here.