I recently had the chance to review a brand new party game called Say Anything, and let me tell you, this is one AWESOME board game!
Let me go over the details…
In terms of being a space saver, I have to give this game a good rating. The box is fairly light, small and easy to store. It’s also got a fun design and just enough information on the front to be a great conversation starter. I left it out on my end table and when my dad came by, he instantly noticed it and asked about it, mentioning that it looked like a lot of fun.
Yes, Say Anything is now scheduled to be played at Dad’s house this Christmas, so we’ll be getting a lot of use out of this game!
Anyway, back to the review…
Say Anything includes a deck of cards (each card has five questions), a selector wheel, a dry erase scoreboard, eight dry erase answer boards, eight dry erase markers, 16 selection chips and an instruction booklet. This game is recommended for ages 13+ (which I think is mainly due to the answers that some of the older players might give) and you can play with as little as three to as many as eight players.
The rules are pretty simple. One person picks a card (the instructions say that the shortest person starts, which we all got a kick out of because all of us girls had to stand back to back to figure out who was shorter) and chooses a question from the card to ask the other players. The other players must write down an answer on their dry erase board. Once everyone has written down an answer, the person asking the question has to pick one – but they can’t tell anyone who they picked yet! Instead, they dial the selector wheel to the color of the person’s card that they want to pick. Once they have selected their answer, everyone gets to vote using their selection chips. Once everyone’s chips are on the table, the person who asked the question can reveal their answer.
Scoring points is easy, too, and is as follows:
- 1 point for having the correct answer
- 1 point for each chip on your answer card (max of three points)
- 1 point for having your chip on the correct answer (since you have two chips, you can actually get two points for this)
- The person asking the question gets points for every chip present on the answer that they chose, up to three points.
Regardless of all of the above, the maximum points that any one player can receive in any given round is 3. At least I think that’s right – that’s how we played it!
Now, my grandmother is the queen of board games, so I knew that if I was going to give this game a good honest review, I had to take it to her house for family game night. As soon as I set it down on the table in front of her, she picked it up, read everything on it and started laughing. She couldn’t wait to play it!
So, as soon as my brother and his girlfriend arrived, we arranged ourselves around the table and started reviewing the instructions. It seemed pretty simple until we actually started playing. We started off right. I asked the first question, everyone answered by writing down an answer, I picked one using the selector and everyone voted. Great start!
Then, we got confused. Well, I got confused. The scoring totally threw me off, especially when everyone assumed that I had memorized where their chips were and started removing them before I could get the first round of scores wrote down. So, fair warning, tell everyone to leave the chips where they are until the scorekeeper gives the okay.
The dry erase boards for scoring and answers were awesome! Simple to use, easy and quick to clean. I hope they keep that quality after lots of play, because this game is certainly going to be a new favorite with my family. My favorite part about them is that you don’t have to throw a ton of paper away every time you play. One piece of paper towel is really all you need – or even a dry cloth for that matter. Much more Eco-friendly.
The questions are a riot. Some of them are funny, which is great for those of us who have a good sense of humor. As mentioned above, this is probably why younger children are not advised to play this game, but my nieces and my son heard all of us adults having so much fun in the dining room that they begged us to play. Of course, we let them. We just kept our answers more kid-friendly. My son is almost three, so he was our official answer board cleaner, which was fine with him. That’s all he wanted to do anyway!
For our family, this game was full of laughs and we also really enjoyed the fact that it really is anyone’s game. The scores were so close each round – we actually ended up with three winners! How great is that?
If you want to learn more about Say Anything, you might want to check out this video about how to play Say Anything.
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Think that Say Anything would be a big hit with your family and friends? You can nab it at Meijer, Barnes & Noble, Target, Toys-R-Us and Go the Game Store right now! I’ve gotta tell you, I know my family members would love to find this game under the tree this year – or next for that matter!
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