Say the Word is a game by Rosie Roberson and Joyce Johnson, published by Peaceable Kingdom. It is for 3-6 players. In this game, players will be working together to tell a story using a total of 10 to 12 word cards. They will have to correctly repeat the story from memory. If the players are able to do that, they will win the game.
To begin, the story master is chosen for the round. They will then choose a character card or write the name of a character on the anybody board. They then have the option of choosing a challenge card to make things more interesting. These cards are then placed face up on the table. The word cards are shuffled and each player is dealt 3 cards not including the story master. A clue token is also given to each player except the story master. The story board and dry erase pen are given to the story master to track the word cards with. Play now begins.
The game is played in a series of rounds equal to the number of players with each player having an opportunity to be the story master. Beginning with the player to the left of the story master, they will choose one of the word cards from their hand and use that word in a phrase or sentence to start the story. They then show the card to the other players before placing the card face down next to the character card. They must then draw a new word card and play passes to the next player. The next player then chooses a word card and repeats the story that the last player just told and adds a word from their hand in a phrase or sentence to the story. They then show their card and place it face down next to the other face down card. This keeps going with players adding words to the story until either 10 or 12 word cards have been played, depending on the number of players. The last player does not add an extra card but must repeat the entire story from memory. If they are able to do that, the players win. If a player is unable to remember a word card, they can give the story master their clue token. The story master then acts out the word without talking. Other players may also give up their clue token if a player has already used all of their tokens. If players have no more clue tokens and a player still can’t remember a word card, the round ends and the players lose. The story does not have to be word for word but the word cards must be remembered in order. Once the round is over a new story master is chosen and everything starts all over.
This game comes with everything you need for a family fun night of gaming. There are lots of cards included with this one. They are all really well made and the word cards and challenge cards look really nice. However what does it for me is the hilariously funny art work on the character cards. These things are great. I commend the artist on their black and white designs. I especially love the zombie. Who wouldn’t? The clue tokens are made of thick cardboard and are well made. The story board works really well with the dry erase pen that’s included with the game. It’s really easy to write on. I love the family friendly feel of everything inside the box. I think this is a really nice looking game for families of all kinds.
9 out of 10
The rulebook for this one is really nicely done. Everything is explained really well and is easy to read. There are plenty of pictures and examples on how to play the game. There’s nothing difficult to understand and it will only take a few minutes to read. From that point, you’ll be able to play the game without having to look back at the rules.
8 out of 10
This is a great family friendly party game. Unlike most party games, this one is a co-op. Everyone will either win together or lose together. When playing with the younger kids, it will be important to help them to remember the words that were used in the story. The older kids shouldn’t have too many problems. As for us adults, we might need a little help from the kids to try and remember. Our memory just isn’t what it used to be. What? Just me? In any case, this is great for a fun family game night. The kids love the silly characters and love telling stories. I really like that the game helps them explore their imagination. You will find yourself laughing quite a bit at the direction some stories will take. This is definitely one of the best party games that we’ve played. The kids love it and so do I.
9 out of 10
Say the Word is a light family friendly party game of story telling. It’s really simple to learn and play. Most play sessions lasts about 30 minutes or so, depending on the number of players. The younger players may need a bit of help trying to remember the word cards used. I really like that this is a co-op game instead of a team or individual player game that most party games tend to be. The artwork is really silly and the game will most likely tend to go that way as well. You will laugh a lot while playing this one. It’s a great family friendly game that every family will love. I definitely recommend it for families of every kind. Enjoy how creative your kids can really be by allowing them to use their imagination to tell a silly story. I did and I loved it.
9 out of 10
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