Publisher: Bezier Games, Inc and White Goblin Games
Year Made: 2014
Platforms: Tabletop - Card Game
Content Areas: English
Suggested Age Level: Middle School, High School
Play Length: 10 minutes
Number of Players: 3-10 (more if combined with Daybreak or the expansion)
Difficulty Rating: Easy
Once upon a time, there was a village plagued with two werewolves, but the villagers had no time to waste on finding them, so after one night of sleep, the villagers debated who could be the werewolf and voted to off them. That is exactly the story players enact in One Night Ultimate Werewolf. At the start of the night everyone has their role and are clearly either Team Villager or Team Werewolf, but with characters like the Robber, the Troublemaker, the Seer, and more, roles can get shuffled around in the middle of the night. When players open their eyes at the start of the next day, they have a limited time to decide who they think is a werewolf. Werewolves try to sneak by while villagers try to find the threat. In every playthrough, there is always a twist or surprise that will be sure to shock the whole group.
One challenge in One Night Ultimate Werewolf is that there is a myriad of characters to choose from. This could be an overwhelming start to the game if players are starting out. To help with this, characters should be introduced slowly so players can get used to what they do in the game. It could also help to make a few cheat sheets of characters and roles to help students.
This game is great for English language arts to teach students how to create an argument and cite evidence to support a claim (e.g. “I can’t be the werewolf, because I was the Mason and so was Emily”) as well as teach them how to break down someone else’s argument. I have used One Night Ultimate Werewolf in my own classroom to pass the time after the state test. It was an instant hit with my own students, and they quickly learned how to make the best argument they could for why they were not the werewolf. Even when they were given the choice to play One Night Ultimate Werewolf or computer games, a number of them opted for Werewolf because they enjoyed it so much.
One Night Ultimate Werewolf is a fun game of deduction and arguing that has a set time before players make their final decision. If your students are anything like mine, they will use every last minute to debate and blame and as soon as the game ends, they’ll be ready to play again.
Educational Rating: 5/8
(Classroom Tech Friendly, Motivation, Concrete Learning, Additional Skills, Feedback, Difficulty, Accessibility, Extension)
Overall Rating: 7/8
(Immersion, Environment, Storyline, Replayability, Entertainment, Gameplay, Originality, User Control)