Mixlore announced that a board game based on Stanley Kubrick's horror classic “The Shining” will be launched this year. Behind the design is the Prospero Hall development team, who most recently worked on board games such as Jaws and Villainous.


Little Danny can still play so fondly on the carpet: the board game for the horror flick “The Shining” will hardly be peaceful. In the horror classic of the 80s by Stanley Kubrick, Jack Nicholson shines in the role of the writer Jack Torrance, who gradually goes mad at the Overlook Hotel.

Semi-cooperative: one is always the traitor

Prospero Hall, previously responsible for licensed games such as Ravensburger “Jaws” or “Villainous”, turns the film into a semi-cooperative board game. “The Shining” is aimed at 3 to 5 players, one of whom is the traitor.

The players explore the Overlook Hotel, idyllically situated in the Rocky Mountains, and try to escape the corrupting forces of the old walls. Because that can't work of course (it's a work by Stephen King), one of the players has long since fallen under the powers of madness. His job: lock up the players in the Overlook Hotel.

According to initial information, a game should last around 60 minutes. The concept of the Shining board game is therefore likely aimed at casual gamers. Like other Prospero Hall titles, ambitious players or fans of licensed titles should also enjoy “The Shining”.

Nice carpet included: "The Shining" is set in the legendary Overlook Hotel. Image: Prospero Hall

Nice carpet included: “The Shining” is set in the legendary Overlook Hotel. Image: Prospero Hall

The game is mainly distributed in English-speaking countries. When exactly the Shining board game will appear is just as uncertain as a release in Germany. However, the publication of “The Shining” as a German-language board game does not seem entirely impossible. Licensed titles seem to be at least a minor trend within the scene at the moment.

If you still don't want to miss out on a board game experience with the “Shining”, you can download an old print-and-play game based on Stephen King's work for free. This "original version" of the Shining board game comes from Matthew Nadelhaft and appeared shortly before the turn of the millennium. One player controls the powers of the Overlook Hotel, the other slips into the role of the Torrance family.

The files are there here as a download. Stephen King himself is said to have acted as a "beta tester" for this two-player version.

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