Joining Gamewright’s line of little square boxed “Port-a-Party” games that also includes Over/Under, That’s It! and Joe Name It (reviewed HERE) is Fitz It. I think FitzIt is also my favorite of the bunch despite the fact that you actually need to find a table to play it, unlike the other games. (Sorry folks, not a great road trip game but it is a great toss in your bag and bring with to a destination game!)
So what actually comes inside a box that’s just about 3.5 x 3.5 x 2? In FitzIt there are 265 little square cards and instructions, which doesn’t sound like much but it’s all you need for ~15-20 minutes of fun. The game starts with up to 4 players or teams getting 15 cards dealt to each of them. Without looking, players stack these cards facedown in front of them and draw the top 5 which will make up their hand. The first player to go can play as many cards as they can from their card, provided all of the cards describe 1 thing they have to come up with. So in the photo at right, I played “Has compartments,” “Should be handled with care” and “Usually soft” and I said “Wallaby.” My turn is then over and I refill my hand from the stack in front of me so it has 5 cards in it. The next player has to use one of the cards I played and build on it, either horizontally or vertically. In this sample game the next player used my “Usually soft” and added “Often found in a lunchbox” and “Can be cut” describe “Wonder Bread.” The goal of the game is to be the first player to get rid of the 15 cards dealt to them at the beginning of the game.
The game is a snap to catch on to and finding a word where you can play 4 or 5 cards is really satisfying. Sure, you need a little luck to do that because some of the cards have pretty contrasting attributes, but it’s still an enjoyable challenge! I will note that we did find that the player who went first definitely had an advantage — so we started playing that anyone who could get rid of their cards that round would play in a bonus round where they drew more cards and that usually settled the tie.
~$10 Amazon, mom and pop stores
2 or more players
Ages 10 and up