We love playing board games, and we regularly have people round for games and drinks (which sometimes works but sometimes descends into a complete drunken chaos). Rapidough is one that we bought hoping that it would become another one of our rotated favourites, but unfortunately we just haven't warmed to it enough for that to happen. As it stands we enjoy getting it out once in a while but we prefer others such as Cranium, Articulate and The Logo Game.
The premise is very similar to Pictionary, but instead of drawing, you mould your word with playdoh. You split into teams and one person from each team is the modeller. A card is selected, and depending on the card type all the modellers could be making the same thing, or they could be doing different things. All the cards are printed on both sides, one side being easier than the other, so you do have an easier option if you're playing with children or if you want a quicker game.
The first team who guesses what their modeller is making wins, and they can use the provided plunger to take away a lump of dough from all the other teams. Alternatively they can choose to reclaim some of their lost dough.
The game is quite versatile, and we often play twists on it. Sometimes we'll forget the plunger and just play first to ten, and other times we'll set a timer for five minutes, give each team a different set of cards, and see who gets the most points.
It's really tempting when you're moulding to do actions because it's amazing how much stuff looks the same when you reduce it to a simple, easily mouldable form. The starting point is nearly always a circle, a cylinder or a square! Usually I find myself trying to think outside the box and mould the individual syllables or you're there all day. You could make it that miming is allowed because I think that would make it more enjoyable for children, I suppose.
We usually play the hard cards and to be honest they can be a bit too hard. None of us are exactly creative geniuses and sometimes if it's something really difficult or something really simplistic in shape then a round can drag on for ages. This is funny at first especially as the modeller gets more and more frustrated with your stupid guesses but after about 5 minutes of guessing rope, necklace, string, chain, thread, fishing line, whip, snake, worm, scarf... you start to get a bit fed up.
The components are reasonably good quality. You get boards to model on, which helps to protect your carpet and furniture, but as with all playdoh it does tend to dry out over time if you're not playing regularly. We usually have to spend a few minutes kneading it out before we can play, and it gets much less malleable when it has started to dry out. Luckily that part can easily be replaced with any kind of playdoh.
Overall this is a reasonably entertaining game but the fact that we probably only get it out twice a year speaks volumes. We like the versatility of it and usually we can't be bothered with the proper rules so we just play however we feel like. It just isn't as engaging or interesting as some of the other games we have.
We got it from a charity shop, so it was only about £3. For that price I'd say definitely snap it up. There's a new look version (ours is purple, this is black) on Amazon for £39.99 and I'm afraid I absolutely couldn't recommend it at that price. For me, it's only an okay game. I'm docking 2 stars because it can get a bit boring and because it's so expensive.
Whats in the box?
we get 3 placemats and 3 tubs of different colour dough with 3 modelling tools with a mini plunger also a box of cards. Instruction leaflet
The aim of the game is
You split up in to teams of a minimum of 2 players and each player has a different colour dough each team takes a card from the box which has words on it which one of your team has to model with the dough and all other team members have to guess what that word is before the other teams guess theirs.
There are different types of cards to choose from one card has just one word on it so all the teams model the same thing another card has 3 different coloured words so you have to model your colour word and another card has 3 different words on that you can choose which one you want to do.
If you lose you have to use the mini plunger to take out some of your dough and you carry on untill you run out of dough the person with the most amount of dough left wins
The age states from 8 years and above but i have found that some words on the card i did not know what they were the great thing about this game is that the whole family loves playing it and sometimes its the adults who enjoy it more
Rapidough is a fun family game which has simple rules. If you've ever played Cranium, then this is basically the bit from that that involves play-doh.
You split up into groups of at least two, and you get a pot of dough each, and a mat (to prevent blue-stuff-in-new-cream-carpet incidents!). One person from each team then looks at the first card, which will sometimes just have one word on it, sometimes three to choose from, and sometimes a list of colour-coded words so each team has to do the word in their colour. The idea of this is that way you can't look at what the other team is doing and guess from their model instead of your team's. Then the modellers from each team have to use their dough to get their team mates to guess the word. You can decide amongst yourselves to begin with what is and isn't allowed. For example, you might decide you're allowed to make your models move to help your team mates guess.
The team which guesses correctly first wins, and they get to take a lump of dough off the losers (not to use though- you don't want to mix all the colours up!). I must admit when we play this game we never bother with taking people's dough, we just keep the cards and at the end (which is simply when we get bored, or, more likely, it's very very late) we count them to see who's won. This works well as then you can dictate how long you play for.
There are normal cards and cards for kids with easier words on them. The game is supposed to be suitable for age 8 plus. I have played this game with an eleven year old and he gets on with it just fine. However, there are some words which players my age (twenty) don't know the meaning of. This isn't really a problem though. When my boyfriend had "deerstalker", not knowing that it was a type of hat, famously worn by Sherlock Holmes, he modelled a deer, and a man stalking it. Somehow I actually managed to guess it!
We've had the game for about two years and we've had to replace the dough as it got hard. But obviously any cheap play-doh works just fine.
This game is really entertaining and loads of fun. I've written reviews for Balderdash and Articulate, praising them loads, but we make sure we play Rapidough too because it's much more suitable for younger players than the other two, and much more fun for them too. I'd imagine it helps boost their creativity and even vocabulary, so that's a plus. It's also great fun for adults, and there's always much laughter at the pathetic attempts to model some things, and much awe at the absolutely brilliant models too!
A great family game. If you like pictionary, you'll love this!
Buying new board games for the family can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. My children are 12 and 15 so don't want to play anything too childish but also the younger one cannot quite compete alongside adults in the more grown up versions. At christmas we do try and purchase a new family game so this time we opted for Rapidough. The suggested age range was 8yrs to adult. We purchased it at a local toystore for £16 and I have seen it on the internet between £15 to £24.
"Guess too slow and you lose some dough!"
Upon opening the box you find the essentials for the game:
3 pots of coloured modelling dough (red, blue and yellow)
3 mats and 3 modelling tools
3 rapidough plungers
Box of 500 word cards.
Players have to be in teams of at least 2 people and you can play with two or three teams.
Each team selects a colour and has the dough, mat, tool and plunger to match the colour. One person on each team has to be the modeller. A card is selected from the box and all the modellers look at it. When everyone is ready the each modeller has to use the dough to enable their teammates to guess the word on the card. The first team to guess correctly wins the round and has the pleasure of stealing a lump of dough using the plunger from each of the opponents coloured dough and putting it back in their pot. The sculptor changes each round. As the game progresses the lumps of dough get smaller, I have been known to try and produce a Starship Enterprise from a piece about the size of a kidneybean! Regardless to say I wasn't successful! The game is usually quite quick, about 30 minutes a time.
The cards are blue or white with the blue ones being much easier so they are particularly suitable for using with children. There are three types of cards:
One Word- every team will try to model the same word.
Choose a Word- The sculptor can choose any of the three words on the card.
Coloured Words- The sculptor has to make the word printed in the correct team colour.
The guessing team members do not know which type of card has been selected so it is no good looking at what another team is doing!
Before the game starts everybody has to agree on what is allowed when modelling. Are you able to "animate" your model e.g. jumping your dough model up and down if it is a kangaroo or use parts of the body e.g. putting it around your neck for a necklace. All these are personal preferences. We find it is more fun if we just have to make it with the dough without using any props.
This is a great family game that encourages a bit of creativity and lots of interaction. It has also even taught the children new vocabulary. We have also found it is an enjoyable adult game, after a few glasses of wine we have had hysterics trying to model an appendix or a captain from a lump of yellow dough--it can get very competitive! (we really should get out more!)
We have been using this game now for 6 months and the dough is still very soft but it could be easily replaced with play-doh when necessary. The only adjustment we have made to the game is to add a timer. We found sometimes if a word was particularly difficult we seemed to be modelling for ages so now we use an eggtimer which we have found adds to the fun. You do need to use the mats as little bits of the dough will fall off.
Overall I am very pleased with this game and we have had good fun with it. The price does seem to vary a lot so it is worth shopping around as I certainly wouldn't want to spend over about £16 on it.
If you had pictionary and playdoh at home you could make a rough approximation of it yourself!
Rapidough is the original game of modelling charades! Guess too slow and you lose some dough. Played in teams.