Even though there have been holiday decorations up in stores across the country for more than a month, I personally can’t believe it’s already November and the holidays are right around the corner! Now, for many of you in the game world you know that before we can dig in to our Thanksgiving turkey, we have to meet in Chicago for ChiTag! And the game I’m going to review this week, Befuzzled, will be the star of the Fun Q Games booth.
I’ve had Befuzzled on my desk for a little while but waited to write my review for a couple reasons. First, I think this is a great family party game for the holidays – especially for a crowd of slightly over-served adults, teens and kids. Second, if you are stopping by ChiTag I wanted to remind you to stop by the Fun Q Games booth #219 – not only are they nice people, but they have 2 games worth checking out (Befuzzled and Triplica) and you’ll be able to buy it there!
So what is this game I speak so highly of? Befuzzled is a speed/action game with quick rounds; which is a nice combination for a family-friendly party game. There are 3 types of cards in the box: Action cards, Flip cards and Shape cards. Action cards list actions (duh!) like “Bark like a Dog” and “Snap Your Fingers.” You lay 8 of these cards face-up on the table in 2 rows of 4. Then you take the Shape card deck and lay one card on top of each Action card so you can still see the title of the action. Next you pick a player to start the round and give them the deck of Flip cards. This person is the “judge” and they turn over the top Flip card so everyone can see what symbol it is. Whoever does the action under the matching shape first, wins the round and gets to keep the Flip card. The Flip deck gets passed to the next player and they’re the judge for the next round. Play continues until there are no cards left in the Flip deck and then you can choose to count up cards and keep score, or just claim a winner for the game.
The instructions are pretty specific as to how many cards should be in the draw deck (5 x the number of players) but us beer-drinking adults skipped over that rule. We did find that this game played really well with a larger group and while the instructions say 3-8 players, I’m not sure the game would be quite as much fun with only 3 players. What I do like about this game is that it comes in a nice small box so it’s easy to pop in a bag and bring it to a friend’s or relative’s holiday party – or heck, you could even give it as a hostess gift! (Man, am I filled with great ideas today!)
~$14 ChiTag, Specialty Retailers and Amazon.com
3-8 players (although I recommend at least 4)
~10-30 minutes (you decide how many rounds you want to play!)
Ages 7 and Up
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