Tapple is a game published by USAopoly. It is for 2-8 players. In this game, players will be naming answers to category cards with the available letters still on the Tapple wheel. Players will score the card if they’re the last player left each round. The first player to get 3 category cards will be declared the winner.
To begin, make sure that the Tapple wheel has 2 AA batteries inside the battery compartment. YES, this game uses batteries and NO they are NOT included. Once you’ve inserted the batteries, make sure that the on/off switch has been turned ON. Kinda hard to play the game without it being on. All of the category cards are shuffled together and placed within easy reach of all players. Play now begins.
On a player’s turn they will take the top category card from the stack and choose a category from one of the 4 different ones printed on the card. The blue/white side is for younger players and is easier while the red/yellow side is for more advanced players. Once the player chooses a category, they will announce it out loud for everyone to hear. They will then tap the timer button in the center of the Tapple wheel. This starts the round. The player then has 10 seconds to name an answer for that particular category using one of the available letters on the wheel. They then tap the button of the first letter of their answer. This resets the timer and play then passes to the next player. Each time the Tapple wheel is passed, there are less and less letters available to use. Those letters that have been pressed down are unable to be used. This makes it harder and harder each time the wheel passes.
There are a couple of ways that player’s can be eliminated. If a player is unable to complete their turn by announcing an answer and tapping a letter before the buzzer goes off, they are eliminated from the round. They can also be eliminated if they name an answer that doesn’t match the category and then fail to come up with an acceptable answer before time is up. A player can also be eliminated if they press a letter for an unacceptable answer. Once a player is eliminated, the next player taps the timer and their turn starts. When all but one player has been eliminated, the round is over that player collects the category card. The player then pushes the release lever which resets all the letter keys. This all continues until one player has collected 3 cards. The player that does that is the winner.
This game consists of only two things, the Tapple wheel and a small stack of category cards. The cards are nice with bright colors for easily distinguishing between the hard and the easy choices. They fit nice and neatly under the bottom of the Tapple wheel. The wheel is made of some pretty strong plastic. It looks and feels really sturdy. I’m really pleased with how easy it is to use. The one thing that bothers me is that there were NO BATTERIES included with the game. I know that any good electronic toy is not going to come with batteries, but that always infuriated me as a kid. You’d open up that box expecting to play with whatever it was on Christmas morning but you couldn’t cause your parents hadn’t checked the package out thoroughly to see that it required batteries. So you’d have to wait till your Mom could pick up a pack of batteries for you the next day. That stinks! I didn’t like it then, and I I’m not fond of it now. Thankfully, I’ve learned from those crappy Christmas mornings and always have a stash of batteries for just such an occasion. Apart from that though, the pieces are well crafted and very intriguing.
8 out of 10
The rulebook for this one is ok. It’s black and white but has a couple of pictures in it. Most of the pictures are examples of how to play the game. There’s one that explains how to install the batteries and where to place the cards. Nice enough. It just felt to me though that the rules were more of an afterthought. They were even rolled up and shoved down in the box. Not exactly the best packing job that I’ve ever seen. Of the 4 pages that the rules consist of, only 1 page has anything to do with the actual rules. The first page is merely an announcement for the game, the second gives you battery installation guidelines with the object of the game and set up, the third is rules and the fourth is battery information and a top view of the Tapple wheel. This could have been a lot nicer, like the rules for CrossWays. Instead I feel rather let down.
6 out of 10
Ok, I realize up to this point I’ve been a bit harsh. That all changes now. This game is a TON of fun. It’s really easy to play and everyone loves it. The timer mechanism has that neat ticking sound of a clock as you’re trying to think of an answer before that bell dings. It can be very nerve wracking especially when you get down to just a few letters. That’s what I love about the game. This has got to be one of the best party games that I’ve played. It’s really fun and super simple. You can even make up your own categories to use instead of using the pregenerated examples. This is definitely a game that works well for what it was designed for….parties. I really like this and was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it.
10 out of 10
Tapple is a light and fun party game of words. I expect to see this one on the shelves of Target and Walmart anytime now. This may very well replace games like Apples to Apples for some folks. I truly feel that this is one of the best games out there for 4 or more people, the more the merrier. This is great for almost any age group. Mom and Dad can play it with the kids or it can be played at family gatherings. Wherever you play it, people will love it. I highly recommend this one to everyone. Fans of party games like Apples to Apples or word games like Scrabble and Words with Friends should love this game. This is one that should definitely be picked up and played. It will be the hit of your next party.
9 out of 10
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