Friday, October 28, 2011

Say Anything family~ (North Star Games)

One of our favorite all-around games last year was a TOS Crew review (Wits and Wagers Family) from the fine folks at North Star Games. This year we were sent the Family version of Say Anything.

Similar to our experiences with Wits and Wagers, game-play is reasonably simple, and the playing field is fairly even, with everyone from the oldest to the youngest having a fair shot at earning points.

The concept is that a different person is the "Judge" in each round. One of 360 questions from the pack of 60 cards included is asked: "in my opinion......" and everyone has to answer what they think the "judge" might be most likely to answer. Once the answers (Written on nifty little color-coded white-boards) are placed, the judge secretly chooses his or her favorite answer (Utilizing the "Select-o-matic 6000," which is the colored wheel in the picture below, to indicate the choice). Everyone else then places their meeple tokens on the card with which they think the judge is most likely to agree.
So, in the round above, I was the judge (Orange card, so no answer), Littlest was yellow, Middlest was Blue, Eldest was pink, and DH was green. The question was,  "If I could invent anything, what would it be?"

Youngest chose not to do anything but scribble on his card, but he did place his meeple tokens ~ and because he put one on the color of the answer I chose, he gained a point.

Middlest had the winning card "A house picker-upper that would automatically put things back in their places!" but he wasn't sure which one I'd pick, so he also picked his dad's choice, an "Automatic Back Massager" (I have TMJ which is exasperated by tense muscles, so this is a good idea as well!)

Eldest's idea was really well defined "A thingy to find stuff that's lost in the house." She explained it as something that would make a noise if something you were looking for was lost (kind of like how we can find our ipad/itouch, but for everything). I think the rest of the photo is fairly self-explanatory.

I really appreciate games that we can play all together. Games that are creative, and incorporate conversation and laughter. Games that are light-hearted and encourage "relationship." Games that can be completed in 20 minutes or so are a bonus!  That way "Family Game-time" can be easily worked in. If time allows, more than one game can be played, but if not, that's OK. All good! Say Anything is one of those games! :)

Nitty Gritty~
Recommended Ages:8+ (But clearly your mileage may vary, especially if you're willing to "Work with" your little ones)
Players: 3-6 (Better/more fun with 4 or more)
Time to Teach: 2 minutes
Time to Play: 20-30 minutes
Purchase: at Amazon or Target, or your local toy or game retailer (Search here) for around $19.99

Be sure to visit the TOS Crew blog to hear other opinions on Say Anything. You can also pop over to the new reviews up for Wits & Wagers as well, if you're so inclined.

As always, I hope that this review is helpful to you as you choose where to spend your hard-earned dollars.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this/these item(s)/service for free as part of the TOS Crew Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


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