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This Christmas my sister bought me the Scattergories game as it was something we had both talked about and agreed we enjoyed playing. We like to play board games when we get together as I think it is a great way to spend time with family and so I was really happy when she bought me this game! This is my review of it!
==What is it?==
Scattergories is a Hasbro game where basically you roll a die and are then given a letter to work with as well as a card and you must them try and think of an item for each of the things on the card within a given time using a timer which start with the letter on the die. Sounds easy really doesn't it? Reality is that it isn't all that easy to be honest and that is why it is recommended that this game is best for those aged twelve and older but this doesn't stop my son wanting to have a go when we play and he is eight now. This game is suitable for two plus players and although there are only four sets of lists and four pads of paper you can easily share one with someone else just by tearing a sheet off and looking at the same card and so you can play this in quite large groups should you want to, or even teams! It is a versatile game and that is why I like it so much!
==Inside the box==
The game comes in a good quality red cardboard game box and so I see no reason why with proper care that this box wouldn't last many years indeed. In fact my friend had this game as a teenager and some 18 years on they still get it out when we all get together round at her parents at Christmas and it is still in great condition!
Inside the box you get the following:
-four folders to store your pad and list in.
-four answer pads
-twelve category cards
-electronic timer which needs two AAA batteries which are not included
-die rolling board
-instructions for play
There isn't much setting up to do with this game and you really just need to decide on which of the twelve lists you are going to be working with and then someone needs to roll the die and you are good to go really. I love the simplicity of this game because it means you can get going quickly and start enjoying the game.
==My experience with this game==
I think it is fair to say that the lists tend to get harder the more they go up in numbers and so on list one you have things such as boys name, insect, TV shows whilst on list eleven for example you have things such as artists, battles, things in a circus. My son will have a go at most of the lists but it obviously isn't age appropriate for him to play and we just let him so that he doesn't feel left out. He is always made up if he finds a word none of the other people get!
You would think that when all you need to do is roll the die and think of words to represent various things on a list that the game would be a bit boring perhaps, and possibly easy but let me tell you it is neither of those things! Sometimes you can get a letter which makes it almost impossible to think of a word and you will be furious with yourself when your mind goes blank and you can see your opponents furiously scribbling their words down on their pads! What we always seem to end up doing is cheating a bit which is something I learnt from my friend many years ago and I have to say she is the Queen of twisting the rules to suit herself and we always end up arguing as to whether or not someone can have points for a certain answer. An example of this would be "whacking someone with a pan" for the letter W and the item in question being a crime! We always have fun messing around and arguing over silly answers and it is all in jest and I think it adds to the fun of the game anyway! To decide if an answer is acceptable a player must challenge the answer and then have a vote as to whether points can be awarded or not!
You usually play this game in three rounds as there are three seperate lists to write on the pads. We tend to go on and play more and more games though to be honest. Points are scored for correct answers and you can get ten points for an answer that only you have and five for one shared with someone else therefore it is best to think outside of the box wherever possible and try to come up with unusual answers! You can choose to use the same list and just re roll the die each time or you can change the lists as you go. We tend to do it both ways and I don't really think the rules regarding this are set in stone anyway. I like the flexibility of this game to be honest.
This is a game that of course you could play without the game by just making your own lists and choosing letters and such like but I like that it is all done for me and that it will last many years to come. I can certainly imagine playing this at Christmas when my son is grown because as I say my friend and her family always play it when we get together and everyone gets involved! I know my sister said that her teacher used to play this sometimes at school to link to subject matters and it is one of those games that get the mind working.
I think this is such a fun game to play and I suppose I like that we all get a bit silly and put down silly answers sometimes because it makes us all giggle and argue in a joking fashion. You can always tell when we think of something stupid because we will giggle as we are writing and it is mad how often we can think of the same stupid answers! I think this is a great game to play in groups and it would be one of those I would happily get out after a dinner party or takeaway night with friends for example!
You can buy this game from amazon currently for around £17 which I think is a fair price to pay for a game which will last many years and will possibly be used by various generations in your family too!
Thank you for reading my review!
I was introduced to Scattegories, by my now husband, whilst in halls in my first year of uni. It's a great game to play in a group, and a firm favourite in our friendship group and with our family.
To begin the game one of the players picks a list number (there are 12 different lists to play), and everyone playing gets a copy. The list names 12 categories (get it!) and the aim of the game is to think of something which belongs in each of these categories, within the time allowance. Easy. But to make the game more interesting, you have to roll a 26 sided die to decide which letter each of these things must begin with! Then the worlds loudest timer starts, striking instant fear into the hearts of players and manic thinking and scribbling ensues. Some catergories are easier than others e.g. 'a boy's name' - fairly easy to answer which ever letter you end up with. Others, like 'things in this room', 'insects', 'sports people' etc can get trickier.
So you get a mark for each category you correctly answer - the definition of 'corrently answer' often goes to the vote in our household as players push the boundaries of the catergory to the extreme. An example that will always stick with me was in answer to 'things that can fly' starting with the letter 'B'. A friend answer bullet. Does a bullet really fly? But you talk about a flying bullet?! So often a vote is necessary - and yes that can get tactical too!
As a further twist, if you name anything that someone else also says, you cancel each other out and no marks are awarded. So for 'farm yard animal' beginning with 'P', instead of writing 'pig' it might be worth saying 'piglet', but then if other people are being clever too they might go for the less obvious answers and the person who took the easy option may get the point!
All in all, this is a really fun game to play with friends and family and really gets everyone's brains ticking!
Scattergories is a classic board game which was first popularised in the 1990s. It has minimal pieces, some boards to lean on, an answer sheet notepad (which is just a list of 1-12 with blank spaces), pencils, a timer and the question cards. Board games tend to be quite expensive items, but in this case it is a well made item and will last the duration of being played a lot, so at around £20, it probably isn't too bad in terms of value.
==How to play==
Each player has a pencil and a blank answer sheet. The "topic" list cards are given out. There are 12 lists in total, one list might be "things found in a school" or "things found on the farm" or a theme about acting/film characters. It's easier than it sounds. The contestants get a couple of minutes (1.5 or 2 minutes) to fill in as many blanks as possible. The catch is, there is also a multi-faceted dice which someone rolls....which gives the letter for the round. If someone rolls a T, every answer for List 1 has to start with the letter T. If you had "Donald Duck" for example, you would get double points(20). If you have the same answer as someone else you get 5 points, if you have a unique answer you get 10 points.
We play this game every Christmas and occasionally through the year if we have friends round. What I liked about it was that it was quiet when people are thinking of their answers which was brilliant for the older generation of the family who struggle with hearing - if there is a board game with a question master, I found they tended to struggle. Scattergories generally has everyone in stitches because of all the dodgy answers that come up (in particular the older generation of our family tend to have a dirtier mind!!!). You can decide yourself how much cheating is allowed, we generally let some cheating take place or we have world war 3 on our hands.
I highly recommend this game to you. It is easy to play, doesn't take long to set up and can be played with all of the family. We had our five year old playing it and teamed her up with an adult so it can be done to keep kids amused to. Give it a go.
This is a brilliant board game based on thinking up words for particular categories which we have had for at least 20 years. To still get enjoyment from a game which has been used so many times over so many years gives some indication as to how good it is. Some of the actual category questions may have changed slightly over the years but the principle is the same. It is great fun and suitable for all ages although you could adapt the rules slightly if younger members of the family are playing.
The game is packaged in a very sturdy red box and has a picture of a cartoon man's head on the front with ideas coming out of his brain. Sounds a bit gory but it doesn't look it I promise!
The aim of the game is to write down an answer against 12 categories in each round for the same chosen letter. You set the timer (provided with the game) and have a couple of minutes to answer all your categories as best you can. The aim is to try and find an unusual answer in order to score the most points. For example, you might have to think of a country with E. If you think most other players will put down England, they won't score any points as a few people had the same answer, however, if you had put down Egypt you would be the only one to score on that round. You have 2 minutes in which to fill in all your answers. The answer sheets are provided in the game, as are the question cards, the timer and 6 pencils. At the end of the round you need to see if everyone came up with a unique answer or not per category. There's no score for the people with the same answers as each other or no answer but others will score for a unique answer.
It is an adaptable game though, if you think the people playing the game will struggle to think of an answer for a certain category you could always agree before switching the timer on to think of a different category which would be easier. It has proven really good fun over the years and everyone has enjoyed it that we have played with.
The timer makes you jump when it pings off so watch out for that!
Scattergories is a creative thinking category based game, a word game with a difference!
I received this game years and years ago and even now remains one of the first games we ever get out at Christmas and is a firm favourite of all the family. The object of the game is to think of answers to various questions that all begin with the same letter.
The game comes with a large cardboard board, question cards, a timer, a 20 sided letter die, 6 folders, 6 answer pads and 6 pencils. There are size of each card, and there are four sets of cards, starting with pink which are the easiest ones, and get progressively harder - the blue ones are the killers!!
Each player takes a card and start with the same list, starting with level one which is a relatively easy starting block. On each list there are 12 questions to answer, so in total there is 144 categories to choose from. A player rolls the die and the answers must all start with the letter that is rolled. For example, the card may have questions such as vegetable, country, girls name and more on so answers starting with A could be Aubergine, America and Annabelle. Players have the amount of time on the timer in which to answer the questions. When the timer is up, players take it in turns to announce the answers, you get 10 points if you are the only player to have the answer, or 5 if the answer is duplicated. The highest score wins!
The game sounds much easier than it actually is! You find yourself going mad trying to think of something in the kitchen beginning with B - something that should be so simple but against the clock turns into something very tricky!!
Other categories include a car, sport, school equipment, things at a football match, something that smells and many many more.
As i say, we play this game over Christmas, but we enjoy it so much i'm not sure why we don't play it more regularly!! All the family get involved, from my 76 year old Grandma, to my 14 year old cousins and the ranges of answers that we hear make it more fun. After a couple of serious rounds we always end up with mad answers, my cousin tried to give the answer "Underpants" to the question something a referee has!! And you can imagine the words that came out to the question " a four letter word beginning with S" - with two young boys!!!
The age guide on this game is 12 years+ which is a good age to start playing this game as they will understand most if not all of the categories. For this game you need 2 or more players, but I think it is most fun with as many players as possible. I have seen this for sale on Amazon at the shocking price of £49.99 which is outrageous!! However, if you shop around you will find it cheaper.
I grew up playing the game Town & Country with my mum which i think this game is totally based on, and having a much wider range of categories in this game has been so much fun. I challenge anyone to play this game and not have some fun when playing it!
We've played Scattergories for many years now a Christmas or family get togethers. We have piles and piles of various boardgames and this is yet another classic that can be played and have fun. Again, also, it is a word game like so many others as well. I always love the games like this though that challenge your mind and make you realise how quickly you can think and how intelligent or unintelligent you really are! The game can be picked up for around £19.99 nowadays if you shop around and that's not bad value when I consider the hours of fun I have enjoyed with it.
I've always found and it's my opinion that this game like so many others is better when there are more players playing and we have often played with about 6 players so you have a lot of competition and laughs.
At the start of the game each person is given a folder with a pad in it for writing answers down. You are then given some cards with different category names written down. Once all players decide on a category to be played then the game really gets going. Now it's time to start trying to earn enough points to win.
A player will roll the dice and whichever letter is shown will be the one that you play with in that round. The timer is then turned voer and the game starts. The time allowed is only 3 minutes which really taxes you, believe me.
The idea and aim of the game are very simple and you have to list one thing for each category in the time allowed and write that in the pad you are provided. The only thing is that the word must start with the letter assigned for that round.
It's actuall pretty tough as you have the added pressure of not just the ticking timer as it counts down, but also that you can see other players scribbling away frantically and your mind goes blank! Of course, some rounds are easier than others due to the letter chosen and the category, but that's part of the appeal as you just don't know what you are going to get.
At the end of each round players read their answers to the group. If two or more players have the same answer then nobody gets a point. However, if you have come up with a word that nobody else has thought of then you get one point. So you can see, you can up with easy words all day long but if others have also got them you don't get anything for those words!
This for me is a fantastic way to spend a fun few hours with family or friends and at the same time do something educational that will really test your brain.
Right, what can I say about Scatagories? That it's produced some of the most classics moments of comdey in family history!
The game is simple. You roll a multi multi multi sided dice (many sides!) and the letter showing on the topmost face is the one you'll use. You then have about 2 minutes to complete the list you have been given. It will list 15 'catagories'. For example, 'Boys names', 'Things you'd find in the sky' etc. Using the letter you have been given, you complete these catagories. So, if and F was rolled, given the above examples you could say 'Pete' and 'Planes'. What you do is write these down and share them when time is up. So, the first player calls out their first answer. If no-one has the same answer, a point is scored. If someone else has the same answer, no points are scored. So you get points for unique answers. You can also score double for multi-letter answers. For example 'pink planes'. Two P's scoring 2 points if unique. Now, OK, how many pink planes do you see? But its plausible.... as long as people agree. That's a big thing, concensus. For example, if some-one said 'paper', that's not something you see in the sky. But what if it was a paper aeroplane....?
You do 2 rounds like that, with 2 different letters. The third and final rouns gives a catagory, such as 'Things in a DIY store'. You roll the dice and have 2 minutes to list things beginning with that letter found in a DIY store. So, for M.... Mallet, Men (because we do all the DIY!), Matches, Mike (who works behind the counter, if people will let you get away with an answer like this).... You get the picture. Again, 1 point for each unique answer, and 2 for double letter unique answers. The person with the most points over the 3 rounds wins. Simple!
Overall, this is a really fun game to play... 4 or 5 is a perfect number. You'll have laughs galore, and it's guaranteed to both entertain and infuriate in equal measure! If you want a game that takes no real setting up, doesn't last too long (well, you can play it again with a different list of catagories!) and is great fun, Scatagories is for you!
Scattergories is a quick thinking word game with a twist. My son and I have just played this for the first time so I am writing this while it is still fresh in my mind. Its states this game is from 12 years and up and for up to 6 players
The object of the game is to think of certain categories (hence the name) that start with a certain letter. There is an alphabet dice which decides what letter you have to use. You also have category cards which have lists of 12 things on each and each card has four lists. There are different coloured card sets and each set has the same lists on so each player plays from the same list. (Are you with me?) Also in the box is a lovely leather cover (which was wrapped lovely in tissue paper) as a place to put your answer pad and for you to slot the current list in play at the top. You are also supplied with pencils, a timer and batteries to be put into the timer.
So you have chosen what list you are all playing from and have slotted it into your lovely leather cover, the batteries are placed into the timer and it has been switched to the highest time setting underneath the timer as specified and you are ready to play. The letter dice is thrown and the shape of the dice allows it to fall so that one letter is facing upward. The timer is then pressed to start the game. So if this falls on the letter P then you have to find all your answers beginning with this letter. So if you list is asking you to name an animal or something made of plastic or a boy/girl's name then you place your answer next to the number on your pad which coincides with the question. As you are sitting there thinking of answers, which at this stage have completely flown from your mind, you are listening to the annoying ticking time bomb, grrr. It is amazing how something so simple as thinking of an object in your fridge beginning with C has completely gone out of your head under pressure.
Now the timer has gone off and you have done all the answers you can think of, you can put more than one answer on each question, you then have to compare each other's answers. Now if you have been really clever and thought outside the box and have wrote an answer that no one else has (that is it's unique to this round) then you gain a point. If your answer has been given by someone else then you both do not get a point. If your answer is a double answer with the same letter starting each, for example - a TV personality beginning with H and you put Harry Hill, you then get two points if no one else has the same answer.
There are two rounds that are done like this and then the third round is slightly different. At the bottom of the list is a highlighted category, this can range from occupations, to three letter words, to books and so on, you then roll the dice and set the timer and write down as many of these items that you can think of. In our last game we had to think of as many three letter words beginning with J, it was really difficult but afterwards you think 'oh yeah, course, why didn't I think of that one'
Once all three rounds are complete you then add up the scores and the one with the most is the winner.
This game is more difficult and challenging than it may appear, but it's great fun. I imagine this is something I can play against friends and family in a bigger group. Thankfully the dice does not include letters such as X, Q, Z. Could you imagine trying to answer with those! Also when your opponent has put an answer that is a bit dodgy you then have to decide whether to accept it or not. Obviously this is better decided with more than 2 players so you can put it to a vote but we got through it. One of my answers was 'something people collect beginning with N' I put napkin rings and had to argue this could be genuine but I have absolutely no idea if it is or not but it was accepted :o) It also makes it harder to think of answers when you see you opponent happily scribbling away and you think to yourself what could they possibly be thinking, why has my brain decided to stop functioning? You then start thinking of any feasible ridiculous answer, well it's better than putting nothing and it might get accepted!!
My only annoyance at this game is the price. I think I bought it for about £14.99 6 months ago and I don't think it is anywhere near worth that price tag. In fact I would go as far to say you could actually probably make your own version of this game (I remember doing this with Give us a clue years ago on holiday!)
I love this game and with Christmas coming up I would really recommend it as a fun way to spend some time after dinner with the family.
We tend to play this when there are about 6 of us and it can sometimes have us in hysterics laughing, although it can be played with less.
Each person gets a folder that contains a pad where they write their answers and then a number of cards with a number of catergories on it. Before play can commence all the players need to agree upon which category is going to be played. Once this has been decided (and no arguing people as there are plenty of categories to play!) then the fun can begin and you can begin earning points to try and win!
One player rolls a 20 sided die and whichever letter it lands on is the letter that will be used for the list decided upon. The timer is then turned for play to begin - the timer is for 3 minutes.
The aim of the game is to list one thing for each category and write in on the pad provided. The word need to begin with the letter that shows on the die. Sound easy?
Yeah right - under pressure and seeing everyone else writing can give you a mind block. Depending on the category and the letter given then yes some are easy but others aren't - the more the time runs out the sillier your answers can become.
Once the timer has run out everyone reads their answers out - if anyone else has the same answer then noone earns a point. Only the words that are individual earn points! Again hard under pressure to think of something that you think no one else will get.
I would really really recommend this game if you want a way to spend time together as a family.
My girlfriend and I often like to play a board game of an evening when there is nothing much but mindless programmes on the television. We have purchased quite a variety of games from various sources, charity shops, boot fairs etc. Amongst our collection there are a few games we play more often than others, one of these most played games is Scattergories.
We both really enjoy this game because it is quick to play, great fun and requires a nice amount of brain useage, not so much that you feel drained afterwards but just enough that you feel you have used it.
The contents of the box are simply a timer, some catergory cards, pencils, pads and a large multisided die with letters on.
The game play is simple, each player takes a pad, a pencil and a category card is decided upon. The timer is set. The dice rolled and the timer started. The players have until the timer stops to think up an answer beginning with the letter showing on the die for each of the headings on the catergory card. When the timer rings, the players reveal their answers for each of the 12 catergories and score points for every unique answer, any that other players also have score nothing.
After two rounds in thiss format, thee final round is slightly different. In this round there is only one category and players have the length of the timer to to come up with as many answers as they can, again, once the time is up again players score a point for each answer they have which no one else has. After the three rounds, the player with the most points is the winner.
Now, this might not sound all that exciting or fun but when you actually play, it really is great. As you try to think of an answer beginning with the correct letter for each category which could be anything from a city to a sandwich filling to a past time to a girls name, you have to try to think of an answer that no one else will think of so you can score points. For some of the categories this might seem easy but when the timer is tick...tick...ticking away you would be really quite surprised how your mind goes blank and you can struggle to come up with even an obvious answer.
This game doesn't take too long to play so you can easily play two or three games in a row without it getting boring. Also, there are enough different category cards that you can play this game over and over again. Even if you use the same category card several times there are so many letters on the die that you are unlikely to have the same letter and hence have to come up with different answers.
If you enjoy games which require you to use your brain and can cope with the stress of the timer ticking away, i would thoroughly recommend this game it is really great fun!!!
I was introduced to this game by my husband. I don't usually enjoy trying new board games - they take too long to figure out, you can never remember the rules & the instruction books gone missing, are all the pieces there....etc etc...
But there's none of that with Scattergories. It's such a simple format, but don't let that put you off - it's great fun!
Each player has an answering pad with 3 category cards. Each card has 4 lists, each with 12 'questions'. The 20 sided dice (with 20 letters) is rolled & the timer started. The aim of the game is to go down the current round's list & answer each of the 12 questions....& here's the simple genius to the game - each answer MUST begin with the letter on the dice. Sounds simple, right? Well, you'd be amazed how hard it is to think of things/people beginning with the letter in question, especially with the loud timer buzzing away in the background!
Questions can be anything from 'Fruit', 'Vegetable', 'Things at a Football Match', 'Famous Singer' etc. So for example, if the letter rolled is 'B', you could have Banana, Brocolli, Ball, Beyonce....
At the end of each round (feel free to argue amongst yourselves whether or not answers are acceptable!), tot up your scores & move onto the next list & re-roll the dice. Should 2 or more people put the same answer, then they score zero for that question. Hence players should try to think of the most unique answer possible! Extra points can be scored when using alliteration, for example 'A Famous Racehorse' beginning with R, with the answer 'Red Rum' would score 2 points.
Once play has proceeded through all 12 cards (or as many as you feel like completing), scores are added up to decide the winner.
Scattergories is recommended for players age 12 & up, & is for 2-6 players. Set up time is minimal & each round takes approx 2 mins (but debating time when scoring afterwards can take quite a while - I recommend a democratic vote is taken to decide if answers are acceptable or not!).
Give it a go. Even if you don't usually like board games, you'll probably find you enjoy this one.
I first came across this game when I played it at a party and loved it so much that I went out and bought it a few days later.
The concept of the game is name items starting with a particular letter, e.g. Name a boys name starting with H. Sounds easy but once your under pressure it's amazing how much your mind goes blank.
Included in the box are:
12 Catergory cards (4 for each player and each with 144 catergories listed)
4 leather folders for holding your catergory cards and answer pad.
4 answer pads
26 sized dice
Board to roll dice on
I like the way each player has there own little folder in which you can store all your catergory cards and your answer pads. It makes the game look really good, means you havn't got to find something to lean on and stops other players from seeing your answers so it really is a nice touch.
The game tends to played in 3 rounds but you can play as few or as many rounds as you like. Each round lasts approximatly 10 minutes so you adjust the game depending on the time available to play.
In the first round you roll the dice to select a letter then go down your list of catergories choosing one answer answer beginning with that letter for each catergory. Try to be unique as if you get the same answer as someone else you get no points, e.g An animal starting with C? If you wrote cat you would not be likely to get any points as everyone will think of cat. Try to be unique and come up with answers such as Cheetah instead.
The second round is played the same as the first with a different letter and different list of catergories.
In the third round you select one catergory, roll the dice to selcet the letter and then try to think of as many answers as possible under that catergory. You then get points for each answer that was not repeated by another player.
You occasionally get things that are a little obscure and all players vote to allow or disallow it .e.g. I played with a group of friends once and the catergory was things in the sea beginning with D. One player wrote dead body arguing that dead bodies have been recovered from the sea. It went to a vote and it was disallowed on the grounds that it is not something you would generally find in the sea.
The one thing that I have an issue with is the timer. When it goes off it makes a sharp, sudden bang that makes you jump so much it's really unpleasant. Plus it makes a grinding noise as it's counting down which is really distracting. When we play we never use the timer and instead set the timer on our mobile phone.
It is a good game and really worth playing, as there are so many catergories you never get bored after playing a few games and you can play with a whole group of people by forming 4 teams as we often do.
Use the last letter of your first name = y (FANTASTIC)
Now think of something begnning with that letter for every one of these catergories:
Fruit/vegetable: Yam (is that one?)
Computer Lingo: yo dude!
U.S State capital: Yes well there atually isn't one!!
Words associated with exercise: YUCK!!
College majors: Yachts man (What? suits some people)
Car Parts: You
A boy's name: Yolonde
Ice cream flavour: Yellow (vanilla really)
Things that you wear: yellow polka dot bikini
Games: Your it!!
Was that hard?: YES YES YES!!
Ok so I cheated a little, but you get my drift, unfortunately the last letter of my name appears to be the hardest one in the alphabet but I got there in the end.
Scattergories is a game of catergories. It has been my favorite for years now and I have played it so many times. Christmas is the best when everyone is a little tipy. YOu can imagine what comes up.
Each game play a different list comes up, and of course a dfferent letter. A roll of the 26 sided dice determines the letter you will use each game, and don't forget you are playing against the clock. Its harder than you think, depending on the letter of course. Had I used the first letter of my name (l) this would have been easy. Lemon, LOL, Louisiana... You can see where I am going with this.
This game is made by Hasbro and has been around for many years. They have now brougt out various different versions but I doubt any of them beat the original.
This game can be brough from any good toy shop and department stores, even Tesco and retails at arounf £25.00 Well worth it if you ask me. If is an after christmas dinner must have. You cna paly as individulas or as teams which is always more fun as you try your hardest not to let the other team hear what your saying, but theres always a cheater.
The games comes set up with all the catergory lists (18) a 26 sided dice and a list pad for you to write your answers, and a timer of course!
I am yet to meet someone who hasn't had hours of fun playing this fantastic game and I suggest you give it a try if you haven't already!!
Even though I'm (techncially) a grown-up now, my mum and I still enjoy playing board games, but I for one find them terribly expensive. So we tend to scout charity shops where we've been able to pick up as-new games for as little as £4, which is what this cost from the PDSA shop last week.
I was pleased to find it as I've played in the past and we enjoy word games. After ensuring everything was included before we left the shop, we went home to try it out.
Scattergories is a simple game to learn, but some of the categories depending what letter you get can be really tricky!
The basic premise is that you roll the dice, which has letters on its sides (fortunately 'harder' letters aren't included, though I haven't actually counted how many sides it does have) and find a word for each of 12 categories which starts with that letter. For example, a sport beginning with C could be cycling. If you can think of an answer with that letter twice, eg if it were P you could say Ping Pong, then you would get two points, three is three points, etc. Creativity is allowed as long as all players agree it is a valid answer, but it's certainly a lot more fun if you use silly answers sometimes!
After the round is over players read out their answers and cross out any which match up. The player with the most points wins. The game can be played with more than two players, there really isn't an upper limit as although there are only six printouts of the list, you can always share.
There is a timer in the box which you can set at various points to make the game a little harder if you wish. Unfortunately it's VERY LOUD! It actually went off when we picked the box up in the shop and sounded like a time bomb!
There are 12 unique lists which makes 144 categories in total, most lists will have one which is a bit harder than the rest - we always struggle on Famous Detectives! You could always also invent your own categories to make it a bit more fun.
I really enjoy this game because the rules aren't so set in stone so you can get away with putting dumb answers when you get stuck and it gives everyone a bit of a laugh. The score sheets have three lists each, so we tend to play best of three, but you can play one round or the full 12 lists depending on how much time you have to spare. Because the categories and letters are always changing, I can play for a while without getting bored.
Highly recommended for those who enjoy word games, or enjoy being silly. The box said age 12+ but I think I would have probably been able to play when I was 10 or so. Yes, some categories are hard, but they are most likely hard for all players, and then you get to put something ridiculous and everyone is happy again!
You can find this game at Amazon, toy stores, catalogues, or anywhere you would find board games. The RRP is £24.99 which in my mind is a bit steep because essentially you are paying for a funky dice, timer and random words, so fun as it is I would recommend shopping around!
As I have said in some previous reviews about board games, we don't get out much these days, having two small children, so we are always on the look out for good games that we can play at home with friends.
Scattergories is certainly a game to fit the bill particularly if you like playing word games. The name of the game itself is a play on words - for scattergories think categories!
The aim of the game is to think up original ideas in many varied categories all depending on a starting letter. It is a game for two to six players, and at the start of the game each player is supplied with an answer sheet, a pencil and a category card. The answer sheet has three columns to write answers as the aim is that three rounds will make up a game!
There are twelve category lists in all - each list has twelve categories making a total of one hundred and forty four categories in all. At the start of the game someone has to throw a very strange looking die - I'm not sure what the mathematical term for such a shape would be but it has about twenty sides each with a letter of the alphabet on it! The least common letters are not there (thankfully!).
There is a very noisy timer which is set at the beginning of each round and then it is a frantic scramble of the mind to write down an item for each of the categories sterting with the given letter within about two minutes! It's amazing how sometimes your mind can go totally blank!! There is, however, a twist - you will only score points for items which no one else has on their lists. Therefore, usually there is no point going for the obvious
word as chances are everyone else might have gone for thst too. So you have to dig deep into your brain and try and think of something that fits the category that you don't think anyone else will think of!
Once the round is completed and the times has buzzed loudly everyone has to share their lists and score accordingly. As I have said you only score a point for unique answers! It can be really annoying when you think that you have a really good one that no one else will have thought of and then at least one other person has the same idea! The aim is then , to play the same set of categories twice more, but with different starting letters. The winner, who in our case gets to make the coffee, is of course the one with the highest score!
There is a wide range of categories ranging from quite mundane ones like boys and girls names, countries, rivers, etc to much more unusual ones like terms of endearment, things that annoy you and notorious people. It's surprising the things that annoy some people! And also what counts as a term of endearment in some of our friends homes!
It's an interesting game to play with friends as you do see different sides of people's characters come out particularly those who desperately want to win! This is particularly noticeable in the more unusual categories. For example, there is one category where you have to name a different type of sandwich - and it's amazing what some people swear blind they put in their sandwiches - milk, cabbage, parsnip to name a few! Therefore, you do need to negotiate on some people's answers and usually it's the majority decision that counts!
The minimum age suggested is twelve and the minimum number of players is two. However, the game is a lot more challenging and fun with more players as you have to think harder to come up with unique ideas!
Overall, I think this game is a lot of fun. We have had ours a few years and one of the good things about it is that it will never date! The letters and categories will always be relevant, it's just the ideas people have will change with the times!
I thoroughly recommend this game and it certainly would be a good one with Christmas lurking just around the corner! It is made by Hasbro and at present is selling new on Amazon for £19.99 which seems quite reasonable!