According to the instructions in the game, “Say Anything Family Edition is a light-hearted game about what you and your loved ones think.” We found that to be completely accurate! The game is targeted for 3-6 players ages 8+.
Say Anything Family Edition comes with: a scorecard (with circles to color in as you score points); 6 color-coded dry erase boards; six dry erase pens; twelve color-coded player tokens (each player gets two to match the color of their dry erase board); a deck of question cards, each card containing six questions (three questions on front, three on the back); and a “select-o-matic 6000” which the judge for each question uses to mark his favorite answer. You’ll also need something (napkin, paper towel, eraser) to clear your dry erase board.
To play, one person is chosen to be the judge. (The rules say the youngest goes first – I don’t know about your house, but that always causes problems in mine so we change that rule and honestly do something different every time regarding who goes first and direction of play.) The judge chooses a card and a question to read. Everyone else writes down their answer and places their card in the middle with the answer showing. The judge chooses his/her favorite answer, then indicates his choice by moving the arrow on the “state-of-the-art Select-O-Matic 6000” (see, even the rules are fun!). Once the judge makes his/her choice, the players try to guess which answer the judge chose, and uses their tokens. They don’t have to put both tokens on the same answer (another reason that playing with more than 3 players is better). Scores are determined by placement of the tokens, and marked on the scoreboard. The judge also gets points based on how the players place their tokens. Max score per question is 3 points each. The game is over when all players have asked 2 questions.
Homeschooling moms can turn anything into an educational moment. When we played this card…
Some questions are just pure fun, like the third one on this card:
What I like
What’s not to like? It’s an extremely fun board game that the girls frequently ask to play!
Anything goes – there aren’t any wrong answers.
Quick and easy instructions.
Some of the time I like that it’s so quick to play, but most of the time we end up playing multiple times just because we’re having so much fun.
Sure hope they eventually make an expansion pack of questions!
Watch out for
Don’t try to make the Select-O-Matic 6000 spin. It doesn’t.
While the game can be played with only three players, we found it better to play with four (or more). Since out of the three players one is designated the judge for each question, that only left two players to write down answers. That meant, at least in our family, that when I was the judge the girls felt as if they were being “compared” to each other. That didn’t seem to happen when all four of us played.
It’s a quick game to play. Normally that might be a good thing, but this is so fun that we were always surprised and disappointed when the game ended. There were frequent refrains of “let’s play again!”, so expect that to also happen in your home!
Since the question cards are two-sided, be sure to finish one side of all the cards first, before moving to the other side (one side is blue, the other is yellow, so it’s fairly easy to keep up with).
Be sure to follow the rule that the judge chooses his/her choice first, then the players choose. Otherwise, it can turn into an argument that the judge chose an answer because “she saw where I put my tokens and didn’t want me to win.” Trust me on this.
The game is over when all players have asked two questions, but often it ends before that if a player is getting the max points per question.
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We love this game. It would make a great birthday gift or Christmas gift for a family!
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