Recently I got to try a few new games and one was a fun party game from Buffalo Games called Last Word. Basically it is a free-for-all category game. You get a letter and a category, like “Cartoon Characters,” and you and your opponents yell out answers that start with the given letter — “Spiderman” “Sideshow Bob” “Stimpy” “Samurai Jack” — until the timer buzzes and the last player to say something wins the round. What makes it really exciting is the timer is random, so not only do you have to come up with a lot of answers, you also have to be strategic about WHEN you yell them out. You don’t want to run out of cartoon characters too early but if you wait to long, you’re outta luck! Simple, great game that I enjoy playing with a group because it takes 2 seconds to explain and you can play with a variety of ages.
Last Word stats:
- ~$20 at Amazon and many game retailers
- 2-8 players (but I say at least 3 players to make it fun, 4+ for best outcome)
- ~30 minutes
- Ages 14 and up (I’d say more like 12)