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Subject: Spot it! - Squirrel! - down to the basics review rss

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Tiago Perretto
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Thinking about my next move.
So, if my only options are these, then I shall...

About Spot it!:

1) What is it?
Spot it! is a pattern recognition game, and is played in real time - usually in a great hurry.

It got a small set of rules and can be played by anyone that can see and talk.

Is playable and thaught in less than 5 minutes.

2) How do you play?
This is so simple that the description fulfills everything: each card in Spot it! features eight different symbols, with the symbols varying in size from one card to the next. Any two cards have exactly one symbol in common. For the basic Spot it! game, reveal one card, then another. Whoever spots the symbol in common on both cards claims the first card, then another card is revealed for players to search, and so on. Whoever has collected the most cards when the 55-card deck runs out wins!

There are rules for variant games included, always keeping the speed element.

3) Which are the decisions made during play?
None. Just find the symbols fast and talk quickly.

4) What are the good things in the game?
- Fast, being also easy to teach and to play;
- Small and very portable;
- Language independant;
- No learning curve - even small kids can play evenly matched with adults.

5) Which are the bad news?
- No real decisions;
- Real time isn't something everyone likes, as it adds some stress and frustration to those that fail a lot.

6) How do you feel while playing?
Like playing a competitive match of Whack-A-Mole - you need to be fast and precise. It isn't a game of politely waiting or for those AP prone.

Spot it! does a good job in entertaining without any sort of rules overhead, or to check the rulebook, and it doesn't even require dexterity or extroversion - simply the skill of recognizing symbols present in two cards, to properly spot it. Recommended.


Image credit: W Eric Martin

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