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If you love movies and card games, look no further than the Little White Lies Movie Memory Game, released by Laurence King Publishing on 18th September 2017.
Indie film magazine Little White Lies is well known for its superb design and strong emphasis on illustration. It is not their first leap into the world of playing cards: to commemorate US election day in 2016 they released a House of Cards themed deck with Sony Home Entertainment featuring illustrations by 41 artists.
I anticipated something special and was not disappointed. They really pulled out all the stops with this one. 25 movies are represented in pairs of cards and players must match the protagonist with their iconic film prop. A great example is Memento’s Leonard Shelby (Guy Pierce) matched with the polaroid of Teddy.
The cards are very high quality and tactile – as sturdy as a Carcassonne tile, as opposed to your average playing card deck. They are packaged in a neat little box which is itself a thing of beauty. It also comes with a small guide which provides information about each card. The pithy descriptions of each film are playful, and for those films you haven’t seen (although, seriously, in this collection they should be precious few) each object’s significance is defined.
Little White Lies/Huck heavyweights Oliver Stafford, Laurène Boglio and Timba Smits are joined by six other contributors to illustrate this exquisite game. Having a small team of illustrators is a smart move, as it provides a good level of consistency to the set. The most striking images use a limited colour palette to brilliant effect. Laurène Boglio’s illustration of Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair) from The Exorcist is particularly terrifying. Mind you, Jason Ngai’s Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) is equally terrifying, but for very different reasons. The Little White Lies Memory Game is exquisite, witty, and fun. Buy this game for the people you love.