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Medium Two Player Review

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We always say party games for two players are pretty hard to come by, but here we are reviewing another one.  We wouldn’t have believed it even if a fortune teller had peered into their crystal ball and told us so.  Anyway, Medium, a mind-reading party game made it to our collection mostly for when we have more players but the fact that it has a two-player variant made it that much easier to justify the addition.

Medium Card Game Review

7 out of 10

Is it good for two players? With some house ruling, it can be.

As long as you don’t strictly follow the rules for the game we think Medium is good for two players. In our opinion, the rules just detract from the actual fun of Medium. Good if you want a word party game that you can play with larger groups and occasionally pull out to play with two.

Theme: 7/10
Replayability: 6/10
Components: 6/10
Conflict: 0/10
Fun: 7/10

Husband’s Rating
7 out of 10
Wife’s Rating
7 out of 10

Pros

Simple and easy to teach

High-Quality Production

Interesting and unique theme

Cons

Doesn’t really work as a “game” for two

Rules detract from the fun

Gameplay Experience:

Just looking at the packaging we could tell that the creators of this game put a lot of effort and care into designing Medium.  The art and color scheme seem to match the theme perfectly and before you even open the box you feel prepared to play a mystical mind-reading party game.

Once we opened the game it didn’t take us long to learn how to play, before we knew it we were playing a card each and trying to connect our minds and figure out the “medium” between the two cards.

Medium Example Card Combination
What “medium” do you think of when you see these two cards?

Two cards we laid were turtle and boiling.  On the count of 3, I said soup, and my wife said water.  Welp, close but clearly we didn’t have the mystic abilities most fortune-tellers do.  Luckily we had a few more attempts to reach the “medium”.  This time though we would have to find the medium between soup and water.

We stared at each other again trying to make a psychic connection and on the count of 3, we would utter what we thought the “medium” was again.  I said broth and my wife said liquid, once again it was proven that neither of us had psychic abilities.  We had one last chance to guess the medium before we’d count this card combo as a loss.  

We couldn’t reuse the obvious choice of soup so we had to hope we could come up with the same word.  On the count of three, we both said… chicken.  Luckily we pulled it out in the end.  We continued playing, sometimes getting it on the first try, other times failing miserably even after three attempts.  Every time though was fun and many guesses resulted in lots of laughs from both of us.

Eventually though, we gave up on the rules and scoring and just played for fun.  We almost made it through the entire stack of cards we were using before we decided to call it quits, and accept our failures as mystical seers.

Rules Summary:

Medium is a pretty straightforward game, especially when playing with just two players.  The game comes with a lot of cards, but the player count decides how many sets of the provided cards you will use. For two-player games, you will use three sets of cards.

Medium Crystal Ball Cards

After selecting the sets of cards you will use, three crystal ball cards are shuffled into the deck.  After shuffling each player is dealt six cards.  Attempt tokens are then placed somewhere between players and now it’s time to try and find the medium.

Medium Components

The first player will play a card of their choice then the other player will also play a card, attempting to choose a word that they think goes well with the original card.  Both players will attempt to find the “Medium” of the two cards simultaneously.

On the count of three, both players will say what they think the “medium” of the two played cards is.  If you and your partner say the same word, that’s a Mind Meld and you get a first attempt token.  If you do not match then you get a second attempt, but this time you will be trying to find the medium of the words you and your partner just said.  If you get this attempt right then you get a second attempt token.  You get a third attempt if you don’t succeed on your second.

If you don’t get it right on your third attempt that round of cards is considered a loss.  After each turn, you will refill your hand.  Play continues this way until all three crystal ball cards are drawn from the deck, this signals the end of the game.  Afterwards, you can count up your score and see how you did.

There’s a bit more to the game when playing with more than two players, but we won’t get too deep into those rules here.

Conclusion:

Medium is an interesting simple party game that finds itself in the middle of a very saturated category of board games.  So what makes Medium worth it over any of the other countless word games out there?  

As we said before, the production quality of the game already gives it a leg up on other word games.  I mean look at how well all the components fit back in the box without any additional finagling or inserts.  You have to admit that’s pretty nice.

Medium Game Insert
We really appreciate games that have had some thought put into how all the pieces go back into the box!

 Its theme is also quite different and unique, especially given that most similar games have little to no theme.  So before even getting into the gameplay, for some, this game might already provide something that others don’t, especially if it’s important for games in your collection to have a theme.

On its surface, Medium appears to be just another word-guessing game. You will find a lot of similarities to games like Codenames or Just One, but Medium has one saving grace, it’s dead simple, especially if you just play for fun, and don’t get too deep into the rules.  

We think Medium holds its own, but in our opinion, it works better as a fun activity as opposed to a game with scorekeeping and other rules.  This isn’t saying the rules are terrible, we just believe that Medium is a lot more fun when you don’t use them.  So if you like your party games to be quite “gamey” with scores and lots of rules this game might not be the right choice for you.

Is Medium Good For Two Players?:

As long as you don’t strictly follow the rules for the game we think Medium is good for two players.  As we said before, in our opinion, the rules just detract from the actual fun of Medium, and for that reason, we highly suggest playing the game without keeping score, especially when playing with only two players.  

When you quit caring about scores, the game moves along at a much better pace allowing you to experience more card combinations, and as a result, the chances of getting some funny card combinations and “mediums” also increase.  So in this instance “less rules” equals “more fun”.

If you absolutely must keep score, we’d probably recommend excluding the three crystal ball cards from the deck but still playing with three sets every time.  This way the length of the game will always be consistent so you and your partner’s scores can be compared from game to game.

At higher player counts Medium definitely works better as it was intended and as a real game. With more players, you get to use its interesting variable partner turn order and the extra special power cards which do add quite a bit to the game.  At two players you are missing out on all these things.

Obviously, a player count of two was not the primary focus for this game but we think if you follow our recommendations about treating Medium as a fun activity between you and your gaming partner instead of an actual game it works quite well and is potentially worth adding to your collection.  

If you are only getting this game for two players we probably wouldn’t recommend it, but if you want a word party game that you can play with larger groups and occasionally pull out to play with two then Medium might be the game for you.

Pros

  • Simple and easy to teach
  • High-quality production
  • Interesting and unique theme

Cons

  • Doesn’t really work as a “game”
  • Rules detract from the fun

Greater Than Games Medium Mind-Reading Social Game for 2+ Players
Greater Than Games Medium Mind-Reading Social Game for 2+ Players
Greater Than Games Medium Mind-Reading Social Game for 2+ Players

We hope this Medium two player review has helped you.

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Medium App

Medium also currently has an app version on android and apple but according to the reviews, it may not be currently working.  Hopefully, in the future, they can sort out the issues with the app because we think this game could work quite well digitally and offer a way to play with friends who live elsewhere.


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