If your plan to become a skilled amateur baker during the pandemic has collapsed in the oven, maybe it’s time to set your sights on something a bit more manageable. why bake when you can pretend to bake in “The Great British Baking Show Game,” a new board game from Ravensburger? Play your cards right, and you can enjoy all of the prestige with significantly less cleanup.
For those (somehow) unfamiliar, “The Great British Baking Show” is a reality show centered on an annual baking competition. Amateur contestants from across the UK gather to flash their baking skills and be crowned the best baker in the land. Ravensburger’s game will recreate the three-pronged challenges of the show — the signature bake, the technical bake, and the showstopper — while also introducing fan favorite moments like soggy bottoms and Paul Hollywood handshakes. The game also includes original artwork from Tom Hovey, the artist whose illustrations are synonymous with the show.
There is one catch — as reported by Dicebreaker last month, “The Great British Baking Show Game” will not be releasing in the United Kingdom due to “licensing issues.” In a way, this is kind of appropriate; the show was renamed “The Great British Baking Show” for American audiences (it’s known as “The Great British Bake Off” overseas). Then again, board games do not come with region codes — I’ll bet the American board game plays just as well on the other side of the pond.