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A great little game for (relatively) all the family.,
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I bought this game after it was recommended over at Boing Boing, as a nice, quick, funny game, for all the family, and it pretty much lives up to that billing. "Anomia" is the name for the condition when you cannot think of the correct word to identify an object. It might be on the tip of your tongue, you know exactly what it is, and can describe it in a roundabout way, but cannot spit out the actual label for that item. It can be exacerbated under pressure or time constraints, which is how this game works.
It won the Mensa select award in 2010.
The strength of the game is it's simplicity, as long as you are old enough to read, you can play the game. You need at least 3 to play, but the game is best when there are 4-6 players. The game is simply 2 decks of cards, with symbols and items printed on each card. For example, a card may have a cross symbol and the text "Super power" written on it.
One deck is selected, placed in the middle, and each player draws a card in turn, turning it over to reveal it to the other players and placing it in front. This continues, with each player looking out for a symbol match. When a player notices two cards where the symbols match, the quickly "face off" by trying to name something that corresponds with the text on their opponants card. the first to give an acceptable answer wins that trick and the cards are removed. In the example above, "Super Power" could be invisibilty.
It's a very simple premise, but much trikier in reality, you must look over all cards for a match, you have to quickly think of the appropriate word and be able to spit it out faster than your opponant....When the two cards are removed by the winner, it typically reveals two fresh cards instantly, and a "cascade" can occur, where several "face off" happen in rapid succession - this is where the game excels, and it is hilarious to see people fumble and mumble, and to get assaulted on all sides with people shouting out the first thing they can think of. it's fast and frenetic.
I only give it 4 stars, as with only two decks, the same subjects can come up repeatedly, and you can hear the same answers crop up round after round, you can make a rule against this though, so it doesn't ruin the game by any stretch.