Imagine my surprise to find a game first published in 1905 did not have a review on BGG.
Snap is a simple kid’s game and there have been lots of variations of it in the past 100 years. It is one of my wife's favorite childhood games and we made a point of finding a copy of it for our daughter's birthday.
The Deck Snap is played with a deck of special cards that have pictures of objects on them. Our deck has clowns, bees, skeletons, wagons, keys, frogs and horses, chairs and helicopters. The pictures for each group are not the same. So for example there are four clown cards but each is a different picture of a clown (a silhouette, a picture of human in a clown outfit, a picture of clown figurine and a painting of a clown).
Game Play The cards are dealt out into an equal number of piles for as many players as are playing (up to 6 players). Each player takes their pile and places it in front of them face down without looking at the pile. Players then turn over the top card simultaneously face-up in front of their deck. If there is no match, then play continues and everyone turns up another card simultaneously. If there is a match the first player to call out "SNAP" gets to take the face-up pile or piles of cards of his opponents who have the matches and turn them face down under his pile. Once a player has gone through their face down pile, they turn their remaining face-up pile over and continue. Play continues until one player has all of the cards.
Thoughts This isn't the worst game ever, but it is kind of dull and can last forever. It is also hard to play with kids and adults because the intellectual advancement of the adults in recognizing the disparate images. My wife said her deck as a kid the images for each group were identical cartoon images and that might be easier for kids. There are better kid games out there.