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Say Anything: Family Edition
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From the makers of the most award-winning party game in history, Wits & Wagers, comes the next great family game -- Say Anything Family.
Say Anything Family is a game about what you and your loved ones think. It gives you the chance to settle questions that have been hotly debated for centuries. For instance, “What magical power would be the coolest to have?” or “What would be the most fun thing to throw off a tall building?” So dig deep into your heart or just come up with something witty - this is your chance to Say Anything!
How to Play:
- The Judge reads a fun question from a random card.
- Everyone else writes an answer and turns it face-up on the table.
- The Judge secretly chooses their favorite answers. Everyone else guesses which one was picked.
Average Rating: 4.8 in 2 reviews
The most recent title from game publisher North Star Games is Say Anything Family Edition (2011), which brings their popular Say Anything game to the family crowd. Say Anything Family has more kid-centric questions (which work fine for adults in a group too) than the original game. And just like Wits & Wagers Family, it features family-friendly meeples on the reverse of the answer boards. One down side is that it caters up to 6 players instead of 8, but a noteworthy positive is that this game makes a massive technological leap from Say Anything's Select-o-matic 5000 by upgrading to the Select-o-matic 6000!
The differences from the original are not huge, which is a good thing, because the successful formula that made Say Anything fun is retained. But overall this is an ideal choice for families and groups with children.
All the North Star games are excellent, and I recommend them highly. They all come with dry erase markers and answer boards, and the company is most generous in sending replacement markers. One highlight of the answer boards that come with the family editions of both games is that the reverse sides feature meeples, and since they're designed to be used with dry erase markers, kids will have great fun decorating and customizing these meeples! If you've never played any of North Star's party games, then do yourself a favour - now is the time to get into this exciting new world! And Say Anything Family is a great choice for doing this with!
Say Anything Family Edition from North Star Games, is the family friendly version of their popular party game, Say Anything. This version accommodates 3 to 6 players, ages 8 and up and plays in 30 minutes or less. Let's take a look at the game.
Components: The game components are sturdy and colorful. Each player gets a dry erase marker, an answer board, and two player tokens in the same color as their board. In addition, there are 60 question cards, with 3 questions on the front and three on the back, for a total of 360 questions. There is also a scoreboard and the ever popular Select-O-Matic 6000. The box itself is well-made and the insert nicely holds all of the components.
Rules: The rules are quite simple. The object of the game is to score the most points over a number of rounds equal to two times the number of players. So, a 4 player game would last 8 rounds. Each player will be the judge for exactly 2 rounds. As judge, a player will draw a card, select one of the 3 questions on the side of the card being used, and read it aloud. Each other player will then write down an answer to the question. The judge will then secretly select the "best" answer. The other players will then use their two tokens to bet on the answer they believe has been chosen by the judge. Players are not required to bet on their answer and can put both bets on one answer or split them among two. Once everyone has bet, the judge reveals his answer. The player whose answer was chosen receives one point and everyone who correctly chose that answer also receives a point for each token placed. Finally, the judge receives 1 point for every token on the correct answer, up to a maximum of 3. The Select-O-Matic is then passed to the next player who becomes judge. She draws a new card and play proceeds. After the final round, points are tallied and the winner is the person with the most points.
I have played the game several times with my wife, Melissa, and our two children, ages 10 and 9. This game has become a big hit for my family, especially the kids. Here is why.
Simplicity: The rules are exceeding easy to explain and even children will completely understand the game within a couple of minutes. The actual game play is also simple. As a player you simply write down what you think is a good answer and then, after reading all of the other answers, put your token on the one or two that you feel is most likely to be chosen. As the judge, you simply read a question then choose the answer you like the most.
Replayability: With 360 questions available, it will take several games before you run through all the cards. In addition, if a different player asks the question or if different players are playing the game, then it is likely that the "best" answer will be different.
The only thing you need to know is the other players: Trivia games suffer when one player is more knowledgeable on the subject than the others. Trivial Pursuit is not fun to play with the children, as they have no chance to compete on equal footing. But in this game, all you really need to know is the judge. For example, using the a question "What would I most want for my next birthday", the "best" answer for me is far different than for my son. (For my son it is Legos, btw.)
Minimal Downtime: There is almost no downtime in the game as every player is active in every round. The only delay is when the judge is deciding which question to ask and picking the best answer, but neither should take longer than 10 or 15 seconds.
Fast Playing: The entire game can be played in less than 30 minutes, which is a bonus when playing with children and non-gamer adults.
Fun Factor: This game has a high fun factor for us as there is usually yelling, cheers, groans and much laughter at the answers. We did have to institute the "no poo" rule as my daughter decided that the correct answer for most questions involved "poo", which resulted in gales of laughter from both kids. "What is the worst pizza topping? Poo." Etc. Your mileage may vary.
Quotes from the family: My daughter, age 9: "It is really fun and addictive because you can say anything and you learn a lot about your family and friends." My Son, age 10: "It is awesome because there is almost an endless combination of questions so you don't see the same questions over and over, which would be boring." My wife, Melissa: "I like the game because it forces you to think through the eyes of your child."
Conclusion: Obviously, as with most party games, the game itself is more important than who wins. If you like a "G" or "PG" rated game that you wouldn't mind playing with your kids or your grandma, that is fast playing with lots of laughter, you owe it to yourself to give Say Anything Family Edition a try.