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Squint, and see your family and friends come together for this exciting new party game from the makers of Apples to Apples.
The focus is on fun! Using a variety of shapes, build a picture of the item listed on your Squint Card.
Get the picture? If one of the players guesses what you are building before time runs out, you both score points!
Squint is the innovative, fast-moving party game for three to eight players.
I got this game at Christmas time to have a new box to throw around the table as folks showed up on the big day. I wasn't overly excited to play it as the premise just seemed a little dull.
Boy was I wrong!
Squint is one of those games that literally everyone can enjoy regardless of age, sex, or preferred game style...that is unless you can't stand party games. We've got all kinds in our group of gamers and this one quickly attracted everyone. Younger kids (say in the 9 and up range) can play with the adults as they'll see things in a different way and get answers ahead of time. They did tend to fall a bit behind on the actual "drawing" of the pictures but with so many players (we had 8) that was only once out of 8 times, the score was kept pretty close.
I also really enjoyed the custom pieces in the game. The shiny blue metalic timer with the neon green sand was sweet! It's always nice to see custom elements when you buy a game!
This is a super simple game that will give enjoyment for hours. Also...the rules (and name) are actually very accurate, sometimes when you are having problems seeing what's being created Squint at it, and the lines blur together and it makes perfect sense...and you score!
I think Squint was made very well, with very good choices of shapes to use. Surprisingly you combine these shapes with a bit of creativity and you can create just about anything!
Finally, I like this game because it gets lots of good laughs and really draws people together and forms funny memories that you like to talk about. I LOVE deeper strategic games (like Carcassonne and Settlers of Catan, etc.) but they just don't have this element. I have never played a game of Carcassonne where we talked about a certain move for days afterwards laughing about it. Such as "Oh man, remember when you connected those two cities and totally beat me out because you had two knights and I only one? - ha ha ha, man that was good!" Yeah, doesn't happen. However, there have been a LOT of very things that have happened in Squint that you think back on and laugh.
This game and Apples to Apples are some of the best new party games because you can teach them to a group of rowdy friends in about 1 minute and start playing half a minute later. People have a great time, before they decide to do something else (like watch TV). Any game which can keep my friends from turning on the tube for a half hour or more should be subsidized by the government!
So what is this game? It is Pictionary for those who don't want to (or can't) draw. It is also streamlined so that there is no down time. Very solid game. Kudos to Out of the Box!