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Scattergories - the timeless family game.
The title is in fact a bit of a lie. It's not timeless as there is timer involved, but still, you get the gist! (Sorry for the TERRIBLE joke!) I've had this game for years and loved it as a child and I know my mother and grandmother love it too, so it really is a family orientated game that can provide lots of entertainment as you laugh at each others answers.
For those that haven't come across it before it's a timed game with a variety of 'lists' with questions on them such as 'occupation', 'sweet', 'famous slogan', 'mode of transport' etc. You roll a dice which has all the letters of the alphabet on and with this chosen letter you answer the 12 questions on your list in the alloted time. Some rounds can be really challenging while others may seem a bit of a breeze but it's all in the name of fun! You play against each other, it's designed for 2-4 players or for teams, and you have to try to get better than everyone else. If by coincidence two or more of you have the same answer for a question then neither of you gain a point, the idea is to get completely unique answers from everyone else and you gain even more points if you use your alloted letter twice in the same question. For example the letter K for 'actor or actress' could lead to double points with Keira Knightley.
I've owned this game for many years and I never tire of it. I think I bought it from Argos but I don't remember how much for, however I'm sure you could pick up a cheap copy from a carboot sale or even ebay should you feel you want to try it out for not much expense. The game comes complete with pencils, a lettered dice, 4 sets of 12 lists which have the questions on, a timer and 4 little booklets that you write your answers down in. The aim of the game is to get you thinking, you don't want to go for the most obvious answer as somebody else might get that too and it'll mean you lose out on a point, so you have to be inventive.
I think it's a great game for just that; to be inventive and to get the brain working a bit. It's great for your general knowledge as there are questions about painters, buildings, countries, politicians etc and because you roll a new letter every round there are countless opportunities to play again and again. The rounds themselves don't actually take very long, I think the timer is set for one minute, possibly a minute and a half, but obviously you can play as many or as few rounds as you like.
The box recommends itself for players aged 12 + but I remember playing it when I was younger than that and was still able to have a good time. It's deffinitely a good laugh when you're in a large group of people and have perhaps had a glass or two of wine, so I'd recommend it for those family gatherings like Christmas, as well as the quiet nights in. Check it out! Or if you've already got a copy, dig it out and give it another go. You'll have a barrel of laughs at each others answers!
Love this game...but it always causes such huge family arguments at Xmas! Lexy
just.bcoz 15.06.2008 01:56
Good review, Ive never heard of it before
headcase44 15.06.2008 01:11
Good review..... I am not a lover of games as my sons will tell you from their childhood days. I can however build a city from a pile of Lego bricks and make Action Man do things that even he didn't know he could.... Oh well you cant be good at everything.. Thanks. J.