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Subject: A too easy and boring word guessing game rss

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Joe Schottman
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This word guessing game combines a somewhat interesting twist (focusing on words that have more than one meaning or homonyms) with a gimmick (a spinning top timer) but fails to be fun.

Part of the problem is that the game is way too simple, at least for adults. The box describes it as 8-adult and the photo reflects older players, not children. It's very hard to make a word based game can be fun and fair to children and adults alike. In this case, the words are very simple. As a result, most of the time we could guess all five words on the card in ten to fifteen seconds, easily before the timer would run out. However, a few times we'd have no idea what the clue was supposed to lead to, which brings me to the other huge problem with the game.

The fun of word guessing games is coming up with the best way within the constraints of the rules to get your team to guess the word. You all know the situation where someone makes the brilliant clue based on an inside joke or recent discussion that is then laughed about for the rest of the night. In this case, the person whose turn is active merely reads out the pre-prepared hints from the card. The only choice you have is whether or not to skip a word. It's all the fun of reading the newspaper word scramble puzzle to someone else to solve.

If your teammates minds don't work the same way that the authors do, they may never latch onto the answer and there's nothing you can do about it.

There's also something weird in the rules where it says that uneven teams are OK but the scoring system seems like it would tilt the game in favour of the larger side. That seems to reflect poorly on the design.
 
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