Family game night is about to get a lot more fun with these three great new games I've found. With the kiddos about to be out of school on winter break over the holidays, this will provide several new ways to have fun playing games together.
I love game night when my husband, the kids and I can get silly and have fun together. In this digital age, we get way too separated as we all get caught up in our own varying interests and electronic devices. It's nice once in a while to put down the phones and tablets, turn away from our computer screens and set aside our books, drawing tablets or other entertainment interests and all focus our energies together on one group activity.
Watch Ya' Mouth is a game for teams of players ages 12 and up. Players insert a plastic cheek retractor in their mouth and try to say phrases from game cards. Others on their team have until the timer runs out to try to decipher what the player is saying. There are plenty of cards in the original game to keep family and friends occupied for many hours. Or you can purchase additional expansion packs for even more fun.
This game is so much fun to play, though I'm not sure who exactly the larger retractors are made for. I thought the smaller ones were for kids and the larger ones for adults, but I was unable to fit a large one in my own mouth and ended up using a smaller one.
My son loves to clown around and have us in stitches with his funny voices and dry wit on a fairly regular basis. So it was fun to watch him try to play the game. We were all laughing so hard it was hard to try seriously to speak the phrases on the cards at first. I can't wait for the next time my nephew comes to town to visit. Last time he was here we had a blast playing Cards of Humanity, so I can't wait to get him to the house to check out this game.
“I laughed so hard, I almost peed.” —– Amy Guth, WGN Radio
Utter Nonsense! is right up our alley. I mentioned already that our son likes to get us all laughing with his funny voices. In this game, you start by selecting one of the players to act as a judge for the inital round. Then a yellow card is drawn to determine which “voice” players will be speaking with. Some options are Redneck, Pirate, Grandma, Robot, Indian, Stoner among many others.
Once a voice is selected for the round, the players take turns choosing one of their phrase cards and repeating it in the selected voice. The judge decides which player's phrase/accent combination is the funniest. That player wins the round, retains the accent card and is the judge for the next round. The first player to win 5 rounds wins the game.
This game is super easy to enjoy at home or take with you to a get together with family or friends because there aren't any small pieces to keep track of or large box to carry. Also, there are no complicated instructions to explain to everyone, risking massive boredom before you even start the fun. It is recommended for players age 18 and over, though, so you might want to reserve this activity to times when children aren't present.
Now, for a change of pace, here's a game that has tons of cards, small pieces and specific instructions. Many people might be currently tapped out when it comes to politics given the recent presidential election cycle. But, if you're game, you might find The Agenda Game to be a fun and intellectually stimulating activity.
- Be a political character with your own agenda
- 7 player types to choose from
- Buy your own media and use it for negative or positive messaging
- Buy your own politician and pull the strings of the lobbyist
- Collect enough money and votes to install your own AGENDA
Think you can run a political agenda better than the pros? Give it a try and let's see! This game is definitely not one you will just fall into and get right away. It's more complicated than some other games, but that's the appeal. This is one that, with time and multiple experiences, gets better and better.
So gather all your political friends (and foes) who are ages 13 and up and see who's the better politician!
Which of these games do you think your family and friends would have a good time playing?
Find the games here:
Watch Ya' Mouth: Walmart | Amazon
Utter Nonsense!: Target | Amazon
The Agenda Game: Amazon