Our family had the opportunity to play Say Anything family edition game from the fine folks at North Star Games. Ok I have to say this is the second game we own from North Star Games and our family now loves both of them.
We first started playing Wits and Wagers last year when we were chosen to review that game as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. This time around we were given Say Anything Family Edition. Both games are pretty amazing and very cool! Some of our crew members are reviewing Wits and Wagers at the same time our family is reviewing the Say Anything game, so be sure to check out all of our reviews on our TOS Homeschool Crew Blog. Don’t worry about forgetting to check the reviews out because I will remind you at the end of this post as well as provide links to each group of reviews.
What exactly is Say Anything all about? Well there is another version of this game as well and it is the regular edition of Say Anything. The North Star Games has the following quote about it:
“Say Anything is a light-hearted game about what you and your friends think. It will get people talking, laughing and having fun in minutes. Enjoy it with three to eight family members or as an hilarious party game with adults. So dig deep into your heart or just come up with something witty – this is your chance to Say Anything!”
Yes this quote also applies to the Family Edition too! In fact it is amazing what my husband, my kids, and I come up with when we play this game together. My daughters both want to play this game at their birthday parties and when friends come over. It is refreshing to have a game that is a hit with everyone. Not many of our games fall into that category and the few that do are played a lot on our game nights and requested often other times too. Not only is it fun to play but we have had a great time learning a little more about each other too. How is that for a bonus for your family and friends! Ok maybe not everyone will have that happen to them but for us it sure has.
Say Anything is a simple enough game that most everyone can play but is recommended for ages 8 and up and ideally for 3 to 6 players at a time. You can learn the games within minutes and it takes just an average of a half an hour. Of course you may get caught up with it and play longer than that. It comes with 360 topics on 60 question cards, 6 dry erase boards with 6 dry erase pens, 1 SELECT-O-MATIC 6000, 1 dry erase score board , 12 player tokens, and a set of instructions. You may be asking what is a SELECT-O-MATIC 6000? I admit to having listened to my husband and kids who I let teach me the game and I believe it was my dear husband (maybe it was one of the kids) tell me it was a spinner to select which player started. I allowed myself to be swayed into believing that and thinking well that is silly needing a spinner for that but was ok with it. Then I became aware later that “oops” it was to be used by the current player to mark their favorite answer but by then we had already started using one of the dry erase boards for that. My goodness even that was an educational moment for myself and my family. Always, always double check things for yourself before establishing something firmly in your mind.
- The first player draws a card from the question card stack and reads a question.
- Everyone else writes down their answer on their dry erase board and places it face-up. There are rules on what to do if more than one player has the same or similar answer.
- The player who asked the question picks their favorite answer and uses the SELECT-O-MATIC 6000 to point to the symbol of the player whose answer he/she chose (each player’s erase board has a symbol on it to denote whose answer goes with whom. ) The SELECT-O-MATIC 6000 is then turned face-down.
- Everyone else tries to guess what was the favorite answer and puts their tokens on the board or boards with their guess(es). Each player can either put both their tokens on one guess or split them up on to two separate guesses.
- The SELECT-O-MATIC 6000 is flipped over to reveal the favorite answer and each player’s points are tallied according to the game rules.
- The game ends when each player has read two questions each and the person with the most points wins!
- What would be the strangest way to answer the telephone?
- Which historical figure would I least like to meet?
- What’s the most important thing in life?
Go here to read what people had to say about Wits and Wagers on our crew blog.