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Who's In The Bag
Member Name: kingfisher111
Who's In The Bag
Date: 03/04/08, updated on 31/08/11 (354 review reads)
Advantages: Great fun
Disadvantages: Can become out of date fast
Let me explain a little bit more. The game comprises of a rather lush looking deep blue drawstring bag. Actually, I have to keep this well away from my four year old daughter because she can often be seen eying it up as an accessory for her dressing up clothes! There is also a timer which I think is for about a minute at a time. The bulk of the game comprises many many little oval cards with lots of names on them. There are three names on each card and there are various different ways you can organise the game.
I think it's best played if there are quite a lot of you and even better if you have had a few drinks! The players have to divide into two teams - the most obvious division for us is boys versus girls - and work together to collect as many cards as you can. One person in the team keeps reeling off clues about the names on the cards whilst their team mates make as many guesses they can think off until they hit on the correct name. As soon as someone is guessed, the person giving the clues moves on to the next name, and keeps going until the timer runs out!
There are a number of variations you can put in place. You can decide how many names have to be named correctly on each card before moving on to the next one. Sometimes we are very strict and say that you have to guess all three, but normally it's two out of the three, and if children are playing maybe they just have to give clues for one.
This can be an incredibly funny game and a lot of fun too especially if people are feeling quite quick witted. Although the game states that it is suitable for children from the ages of 8 upwards, it is more difficult, mainly because they will not have heard of a lot of the names on the cards. When this is the case, I think you have to be pretty lenient about the numbers of passes you allow. Also, we have attempted to play the game with both mine and my husband's somewhat elderly parents, and I'm not being ageist, but it was painfully slow and somehow lost all its fun. So my message here is that it's really not suitable for everyone. Then of course there's your dinner guest who is as blind as a bat but has come without their glasses. Well, in that case it's really not worth getting the bag out!
All of the names on the cards are very wide and varied. You will find names from history, book characters, pop stars, writers, artists, sportsmen, TV characters etc - the list will just go on and on. One problem with some of these of course is that once you have had the game a while,some of the names become outdated and emerging stars will not be there. Luckily you can also buy additional Who's in the Bag cards which will be more up to date.
The main game can at the moment be bought from Amazon for £13.98 and the top up cards for £6.98 which does not seem too bad.
I think it is a brilliantly funny game especially suitable for a bit of family fun at times like Christmas. The rules are very simple but I think the game's even better if you make up your own. And as you can probably imagine, there are many opportunities for cheating! All in all it's great fun!
And just to finish I wonder whether you'd get these if you were in my team?
Floppy haired English actor
Britain's last female Wimbledon champion
Pipe smoking labour prime minister
Answers on a postcard please!!
Summary: A mix between Give Us a Clue and They thinkit's all Over!