Advantages Addictive, fun and great fun for all the family
Disadvantages Not easy for younger children
We go through fits and starts as a family for playing board games. However, the game I’m reviewing today has to be our favourite, which is plainly evident from the box, which has become rather battered.We have had Scattergories for some years now, and I think I paid about £20 for it. I have seen it more recently in toy stores, so I know it is still available.
Scattergories is a word game with a twist. This is a great game to play either as a family, or after a few drinks, when hilarious results can be produced. I shall do my best to explain it all to you…..The game can be played with two to six players.
OBJECT OF THE GAME
Give each player the category card, a pencil, and an answer pad, which can be inserted into the red folder provided, to make handling easier.The time then needs to be set by pressing the stop button and twisting the red button as far as it will go (to the furthermost yellow line). The timer will not start yet, until the botton is pressed.
Choose a player to roll the die. The uppermost letter on the die is the one that you must use to answer all the questions on your card. The timer can now be pressed to start the game.Now you have to fill in your answer sheets and each answer must begin with the letter rolled. The answers must match the category sheet, so if you have a category list as follows:
1. Things that are sticky
2. Famous landmarks
4. Herbs and spices
5. Bad Habits
8. Cooking Utensils
11. Leisure Activities
12. Things that fasten
It is amazing how difficult it is to think of an answer when you know that you are up against the clock. The trick here is to think of an answer that is not the most obvious for each question, the reason for this I will explain later.The timer is a disadvantage of this game as it makes an infuriating buzzing/clicking noise until it eventually pings to signal the end of the round. When this happens, pens must immediately be put down.
The next stage is to read through your answers. Say for example that for sticky, I had syrup and no one else had thought of that I would get a point. However, if another player has guessed the same word, you get nothing. Now of course some of the answers may be disputed by the rest of the team. For instance I could think semolina was sticky but everyone else might not.
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