When I first tried Betrayal at House on the Hill I couldn’t get enough… so I got more. Widows Walk is it’s expansion and I’m going to tell you all about it in this Widows Walk Review.
The name of this expansion may give you a sense that it will add more foreboding, increase the dread, and escalate the possible forms of your characters death. Or…. if you are an architect you may believe that the name implies that there will be additional stories to explore.
No matter your first impression… you are right.
What is Widows Walk?
Widows Walk is a railed or balustraded platform built on a roof, originally in early… oh, wait. That’s what an ACTUAL Widows Walk is, we’re here to talk about the EXPANSION to Betrayal at House on the Hill!
Before I go any further – if you don’t know anything about Betrayal at House on the Hill, I recommend you click on the picture below for the best Betrayal at House on the Hill review you’ve ever seen on the internet.
Moving on. When you open the Widows Walk box you will find:
- 20 New Room Tiles (Including a bathroom! I don’t know why I’m excited about that, but I am)
- 30 New Cards (Items, Omens, and Events!)
- 76 New Tokens
And I may have buried the lead here….
- 50 new Haunts!
This expansion doesn’t add a lot of “new” things to the game when it comes to new rules, increased complexity, or supplemental fluff, but it brings a lot of new variety and a large amount of replay-ability to an already highly repayable game.
Widows Walk Game Specs:
Price Range: $18 – 22 You can buy it HERE.
Style: Immersion semi-cooperative game with a lot of story telling, a little bit of tile placement, some combat, and a lot of creepy
Estimated Game time: 30-90 Minutes
Geek Level: Intermediate to Advanced
What I Liked About Widows Walk
- Pretty easy to Differentiate the New Tiles: I don’t ever see myself playing without the expansion in the future, however, I always appreciate it when a publisher makes the new components easy to tell from the base game. However, the same cannot be said for the cards.
- Explorer Tokens: One of the small strategic elements of the base game is certain rooms allow you to power up an individual trait of your hero… once. I was happy to see Avalon Hill add the explorer tokens so you can easily keep track of whether or not a hero has used a rooms ability.
- Artwork: It stays true to the original, and it’s great. Enough said.
- New Haunts: Did I mention that there are 50 new haunts!?! This means your chances of getting repeats go down significantly, unless of course you have played the game 100 times! Betrayal at House on the Hill is all about the haunt, and Widows Walk delivers.
- Fits Into Base Box: I typically throw away inserts. For some reason I haven’t thrown away the insert of Betrayal yet, and I was pleasantly, surprised to find that the entire expansion fits pretty seamlessly in the base box WITH the insert! Good job Avalon Hill!
What I Did Not Like About Widows Walk
- Odd Tokens: There is a new companion in Widows Walk… a cat. And for some reason it has a token. Maybe it is used in one of the haunts, I’m not sure. But it’s odd to have a cat token but not have a “Madman” or “Girl” token as well.
- Didn’t Fix or Replace the Plastic Clips: The first thing I was hoping to see in this box was some sort of replacement for the plastic clips that are used to keep track of a hero’s traits. It doesn’t take long with the base game before clips start to slide too easily. I’ve seen a couple of after market options for this, but I have yet to put that purchase in my gaming budget.
- Still No “Tips” for Traitors: One small gripe I (and a few others in my game group) have with this game is how the traitors are purely on their own to determine the best strategy going forward. Since no one can help them, the traitor can truly make or break the game experience. Since there are no strategy tips, inexperienced gamers tend to make terrible traitors. Something that gave just a couple of basic tips for each haunt would be amazing… but you won’t find it in the Widows Walk box.
What I Really Think of Widows Walk
It’s a great addition to an amazing game! All the work put into creating the new haunts and making this game ready for at least 50 more plays is easily worth the expansion price tag. I believe if you love Betrayal at House on the Hill, you will love Widows Walk!
Other Widows Walk Content
- Dice Tower Widows Walk Unboxing (Video – Includes a short discussion about the new bathroom!)
- Widows Walk Review by GameCrate (Includes some Spoilers at the end – but there are warnings in time for you to stop reading)
- The Official Wizards of the Coast Website (Parent Company of Avalon Hill)
Just One More Thing:
I’m really hoping there is a clown haunt… nothing would be scarier….
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