Top positive review
October 17, 2012
This game came under the tree at Christmas this past year. My daughter (8 at the time) wasn't much impressed with it at first. It doesn't look terribly fun to a kid that's not a fan of reading. For that reason it got neglected for quite a while, even though my partner and I have played the adult version and loved it and she knew that.
When we finally did bust out the game it was a hit. It also helped keep the neighborhood kids occupied when we had several of them in the group. We had two kids that weren't strong readers. There was my son (who is 5) and another girl that's 6. The rest of the group was three giggly 9 year old girls, one of which being my daughter, and my partner and me. We were able to make the game fun for all of us, even though there were a variety of ages.
The game and it's rules are pretty simple, but I will advise everyone to encourage their children to think outside the box. We've had our judges pick things that totally didn't fit the card pulled just because it was funny and made them crack up. We've had some pretty wild games where everyone was laughing.
Here's a tip for playing with kids that aren't old enough to read yet. This is what we do. The kid who isn't old enough to read will pick a card at random and show it to an adult or the person next to them so someone knows what they picked (which isn't really important if only one kid can't read). Our son finds the things he puts down to be incredibly funny when they'er read off because he knows they're probably not going to fit at all. They also make for great judges because someone can always read for them and let them pick the winner.
Something else we picked up somewhere, a friend of ours told us with the adult game that the description cards you've won at the end of the game are supposed to describe you. We've had a lot of fun post-game by reminding everyone of the attributes they got in the game. Generally this only makes everyone want to play even more to see what kind of crazy description they'll get next time.