Dangerous Games: 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' Board Game


The chair creaks as you settle onto it. The candlelight flickers. All around you the ravenous faces of your so-called friends twist in delight as you slowly open the box laid out on the table. Welcome to Dangerous Games! Each week, we'll feature a horror/thriller/monster tabletop game you should be playing. Don't be scared… roll the dice… what's the worst that could happen?

'The Nightmare Before Christmas Game' - Neca (2004)

The snow trickles down atop Halloween town. It's been a busy and successful Halloween. Everyone's trying to be the talk of the town this year, and Jack Skellington has a great idea of how to really shake up your spooky little village. How will you, trivial little ghoul, find fame and glory in the scariest town in the world? Why... kidnap Santa Claus, of course!

In 'The Nightmare Before Christmas Game' two to six players take on the role of one of several characters from Tim Burton's modern holiday classic. The first person to successfully snatch up Santa, collect plenty of points, and beat Oogie Boogie in his lair wins!

Gameplay Mechanics

This is your classic family board game. It's a luck-based, dice-rolling, board-traversing game of silly fun. Each player rolls dice and moves along a large, square board. Depending on the square you land on, you draw a card. If you draw a non-Santa card, you follow the card's directions or gain points. If you draw a Santa card, you've kidnapped Santa and it's time to head to Oogie Boogie's lair.

The path you'll traverse is winding and dotted with landmarks from the movie. You can steal cards from other players, you can play cards on their corresponding landmarks to score points, and then you have to get to Lock, Stock, and Barrel's hideout to warp to Oogie Boogie's lair! Once there, you spin a wheel and you could either win, lose, or spin again!

Replay Value

You could play this game over and over again if you had a mind to. It's competitive and completely random. You don't need to hatch a perfect strategy, plan cautiously, or think carefully. Because it all comes down to the roll of dice and the spin of a wheel, this is both fun for the whole family and a great drinking game. So, if you're a child or drunk, you could play this game over and over.

Overall Impressions

Is this game addicting? Is it annoying? That's up to the player and a few important factors. Did you grow up loving and enjoying random games like Monopoly and Life? If so, this is par for the course with those game (with the added flavor of 'Nightmare Before Christmas'). Do you love 'Nightmare?' If so, this game is a must have. We dug through the archives to find a good holiday game to feature, and 'The Nightmare Before Christmas Board Game' is perfect for the season. It's also becoming a rare collector's item! We had to search around on sites like Ebay, where the asking price is about $75.