Anomia: Get the little one or the party edition — either way it’s a must have!


is an amazing party game which we played a LOT over the holidays.  Although none of my testers knew what the name meant, it does pretty much explain the game.  Anomia means, “a form of aphasia in which the patient is unable to recall the names of everyday objects.† The goal of the game is to be able to quickly identify an object within a category and it’s astonishing how often players get tripped up thinking of a word!

How To Play

Anomia Cards most face down some face up

The game includes 2 decks (a red one and a blue one) but you only need 1 deck to play.  The instructions tell you to read the directions out loud as you begin play and I agree, it’s easiest to learn when you follow the steps.  The diagram looks a bit complex but once you get going it’s super simple.    The premise of the game is that players draw cards and if the symbol on their card matches the symbol of the card face-up in front of another player then they “face-off.â€Â  The player who is quickest to come up with an answer within the category on their opponent’s card they collect it.  The card below it now becomes active and if there’s another set of matching symbols at the table, those two players face-off.  It definitely keeps all players on their toes since you never know when you’re going to have to shout an answer.

Anomia blue box art

We played the first couple rounds omitting the wild cards just to keep it simple and then added them in once players had got the gist of the game.  Wild cards create face-offs between players with different symbols.  So if there’s a diamond and a circle on the wild card and there’s a player with a diamond card and a player with a circle card they face-off.  With a big group it can get pretty nuts – but definitely in a good way.  The only thing I have to say that’s negative about the game is that after playing a bunch of rounds with different folks I got used to the categories on the decks and it might have given me a slight advantage.

2013 Update: They’re releasing a PARTY EDITION!  It will have 6 new decks (425 categories) – which means I have loads more answers to memorize.  Kidding!  Price and availability TBD.

Anomia Stats:

$16 Anomia at Amazon, Local Game Stores (call first)
3-6 players
15-20 minutes
Ages 10 and up

Anomia: Party Edition Stats:

$25-30 Anomia Party at Amazon, Local Game Stores (call first)
3-6 players
15-20 minutes
Ages 10 and up

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