Omega Virus – Board James (Episode 20) Game Review

[Horror-style music]
[Suspenseful music]
Let’s play a game.
I don’t get to play very much any more,
and I’ve been bored.
Very bored.
And when Board James is bored,
I play some board games.
You like board games, right?
Well, let’s check out the attic here and dust off some old memories.
Wow, it’s amazing all the stuff you can find. Childhood relics that have been locked away for so long.
Remember all of these, the Elvis board games? I don’t.
Elvis King Of Rock, Elvis Monopoly, Elvis-Opoly?!
Do you think there’s enough?
No Respect? Rodney Dangerfield gets his own game too?
Where did I get this game? Let me see this.
This is the ugliest board I’ve ever seen. That guy still gets no respect.
What does stacking numbered columns have to do with Rodney Dangerfield?
Has anyone ever played this?!
Even the people on the back of the box couldn’t take the picture without drinking whiskey.
Executive Decision?
Oh, dear.
Object of the game: as the top-level executive of a large corporation, each player makes monthly decisions
regarding the purchase of raw materials and the manufacturing and selling of finished goods.
Wow, real exciting game.
Somebody has no fucking imagination!
Of all the things you can make board games about! Dragons, battleships, medieval armies, business management.
All right, let’s see what I got here.
[Suspenseful Music]
Yeah, now we’re fucking talking!
The Omega Virus. This is what you call a board game.
It’s the type of game my friends wouldn’t want to play. It’s too complicated.
They called me a nerd for playing It.
The moment you open the box, they say ‘Oh shit, my mom’s calling me.’
Well, now it’s not like I have anybody to play with anyway, because…
never mind.
Look at the detail. This is a work of art right here.
The instruction manual looks like a comic book.
It is a comic book.
And instructions. This is amazing.
The year is 2051. The place is Battle-SAT 1 Space Station, equipped with lasers designed to protect the Earth from meteors.
All of a sudden, the station is taken over by a computer virus.
Class-8, omega, self-replicating, highly anthrophobic.
The virus aims the station’s lasers toward planet Earth to annihilate all humans.
You take control of the highly-trained commandos.
The objective: find the virus and terminate It.
The only way to stop it is by finding three AVDs.
What, you don’t know what AVDs are?
Anti-virus devices. Duh.
The negatron, the disruptor, and the decoder.
The game works on a time limit. You can set it anywhere between ten and thirty minutes, depending on the patience of your friends.
When the timer runs out, the virus takes over and everybody loses.
So you gotta play quick. It puts a fire under your ass.
Before you can find the AVDs, you have to gain access to the colored rooms by finding access cards.
So the more cards you have, the more rooms you can enter.
When you enter a room, you explore it by punching in the room code. [Electronic voice: 0, 1, 0]
[Electronic voice: blue access card found]
Okay, I put in two to explore, and then one point, two points- [Electronic voice: Fifteen minutes until time.]
I’m trying to put in the code! Shut up! [Electronic voice: Hehehe!]
[Electronic voice: 1, 2, 0. Probe found.]
I found a probe robot. That’s like having a second player, so you can cover twice the space.
Oh, and speaking of which, to win, you want to be the first player to stop the virus, so it’s a competitive game.
Imagine if there WAS a virus ready to destroy the Earth.
Couldn’t they all cooperate?
[Electronic voice: Blue, help me.]
[Electronic voice – mockingly: Help me, help me, help me] Shut up, Shut up!
I’m trying to play the fucking game!
[Electronic voice – in disgust: You human scum.]
What’s the point of putting in codes anyway?
How about just have a deck of cards?
Even better, put the cards on the rooms. One for each player.
That way, you don’t have to keep track of which rooms you’ve already been in.
[Electronic voice: Yellow, help me.]
But wouldn’t you miss that voice?
[Electronic voice: Help me, help me. Fool.]
[Electronic voice – in disgust: You human scum.]
Not to mention, you have to keep track of a secret code that’s unique to each player.
If you hear your code after you’ve explored a room, that means the virus is in that room.
For that particular player. Not for the others.
[Electronic voice: Security breach! Security breach!] Oh no, the virus is attacking!
Gotta defend by punching in two random numbers.
[Electronic explosion sounds]
[Electronic voice laughing]
Find the AVDs. There isn’t enough. 0, 1, 2, center shut down.
Disruptor locator, 0, 2, 0, reverse the anti-matter integrator!
Use the auto-1 matter neutralizer!.
[Electronic sounds] Play the standard isolation systems. Increase the quantum gravinite thrusters!
Polarize the alphatronic materialization stratowave! 1, 2, 0! [Electronic Sounds]
Reflectatron! 1, 2, 2!
[Electronic voice: Enter room code – 0, 0, 2.] Whoa Whoa Whoa Whoa Woah Woah Woah!
[Rock Music]

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. thought it was just bad editing/continuity that Board James kept jumping around the room with different camera angles, and then it shows that there’s multiple of him. genius.

  2. How the hell has nobody remade this game with modern production techniques and a phone app instead of the electronic device? It would be amazing, and co-op games like Pandemic are very popular.

  3. I totally forgot about this game! I could only get my dad to play it with me. I am pretty sure only he knew how to play as I don't think even I quite knew all the rules.

  4. James, I love your videos. Dude i used to own a toy gun just like the one you have in 6:11 unfortunately i lost it over 20 something years ago. Seeing it again even on video brings a smile to my face. Hard nostalgia feels right now. Just out of curiosity what was it called or who made it? I also remember seeing a movie with that same gun but I don´t remember what moovie it was. It woud mean the world to me if you could give me some info on the toy gun so i can find it online and buy it. Thanks and keep up the awesome videos!

  5. 4:58 Look at the games in the background. E.T. makes sense AVGN movie was out around 2015. But look at the other games, Hangman, and How to Host a Murder. Really makes you think doesn't it.

  6. YO NERD, whats the name of that sword-gun toy combo? My best friend had one of those as a kid, it was absolutely amazing! Haven't seen that thing in over 20 years!!

  7. Back then* games were crazy as shit with awesome mechanics and rules.
    Now* 90% of board games are shit. Like actually shit like doggy doo and i think i saw a game where it was hop scotch but you have to avoid stepping in poop because you're blind folded

  8. You should do a spin off of this and make this into a don't series and play shitty board games and I played some shity board games in my day so I can relate lol

  9. This fucking game randomly started talking in the middle of the night when I was staying over at a friend’s place as a kid and I have never been more terrified!

  10. So the universe is trying to mix AVGN and Board James. Makes me think of the resonance effect in Inazuma Eleven Go : Chronostone.

  11. I remember playing this game! I looked for so long trying to figure out what it was called. I was very excited to find out James had already reviewed it. I watch his videos about 4 hours a week so I am surprised I didn’t already watch it.

  12. This might be my favorite board james episode ever! How awesome was that 🎸 riff?! Amd that game looks as fun as it is complicated. Loved all of this

  13. Someone should make a smartphone app to replace the computer for this game! Then just 3D-print some pieces, print out a board, and there you go…

  14. Board James Season 3 is like Twin Peaks Season 3. Both are very different from what came before, but are still both wonderful and chilling in their own right.

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