My family is about as electronically, technologically “wired” as we can be. That’s not always something I’m happy about. It has it’s benefits and drawbacks. The thing I like the least about it, is that we have created the potential for each of us to be off in our own corner, doing our own thing. That’s why when My Blog Spark and Hasbro asked if I would be interested in reviewing Hasbro’s newest board game, Scribblish, I jumped at the opportunity.
Now, anyone who has known me for any length of time, knows I am NOT a huge board game fan. Years of playing with people who were so competitive they couldn’t just have fun, left a bad taste in my mouth; and I have tended to avoid them, ever since, to the detriment of our children, I’m afraid. My desire to bring everyone back around the table for a family fun time, convinced me to step outside my comfort zone and give Scribblish a try, however.
Scribblish is part of Hasbro’s line of Cranium games. I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard. The first time we played we had a blast; and though I’m not naming names, the howling, roll-on-the-floor laughter created some bladder issues for select members of the gaming party. This is a terrible genetic phenomenon we have come to accept as part of extreme joviality in our family. Good grief! That’s sort of a detour down a rabbit trail and bordering on slightly personal, but I guess we’ve known each other long enough to bond over extreme giggling. 🙂
If you remember playing a game in grade school, called telephone, you already understand the premise behind Scribblish. Up to six players can play at one time and we discovered that it is most fun when more people are playing. We are actually planning to purchase a second game, so that up to 12 of us can play at once.
Each player has a strip of paper, about the size of a grocery list. Players must select one of three different phrases printed on a card they draw from a stack in the center of the table. They copy that phrase onto the top line of their paper and in the space underneath, draw their interpretation of that phrase. Then they roll the paper into its holder, covering the phrase and leaving only the picture exposed. A roll of the included dice determines which direction and how many spaces around the table that the papers are to be passed – one to the left, two to the right, etc. When each player receives their new paper, they look at the picture that is showing and on the line underneath, right a caption for the picture. Then, they roll the paper into the holder until only their caption is showing. Roll the dice again and pass the paper and the players look at the captions they’ve received and then draw an illustration of it underneath. Repeat this process two more times and then it’s time for the big reveal! All the holders are laid in the center of the table with only the final sketch showing. Each player tries to determine from that final picture, which holder contains the paper they started with. When the game sheets are pulled from their holders, the hilarity of how “this became that” ignites peals of laughter and the frenzied passing of the sheets among players to see what has become of their original phrase.
I should mention that Scribblish comes with a timer, which we promptly eliminated. It was the only disappointing thing about the game. It was not loud enough to be heard and played intermittent “music”, stopping and starting several times through the “play time” and then finally winding down and stopping completely. The problem was that it played so softly, and then the start and stop nature of the music, made it almost impossible to notice when it had actually stopped for good. We put the timer back in the box and never looked back. The quality of the timer was the one and only disappointment. We have had hours of great fun and enjoyment playing this simple game. Since that first evening, a week ago, we have played again as a family, hosted a game night with friends and played it for entertainment at a youth group activity. It has been just as well received on each occasion.
Scribblish is an excellent way to connect your family and involve them all in a fun activity together. It is easy to learn and to play, so even children as young as 8 or 9 can play without difficulty. If you can’t wait to have one of your own, get $2 off your online purchase by visiting the Cranium Facebook page and obtaining the promo code.
Hasbro has generously offered a Scribblish game as a giveaway for one Busy-at-Home reader. I can’t wait for your family to share in the fun!
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I received a Scribblish game from Hasbro, through My Blog Spark, in order to conduct this review. No monetary compensation was received and a positive review was not required. As with all Busy-at-Home reviews, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own.