★★★★★ Spot It; a game of quick eyes and quicker hands.

Check out this game if: you are looking for a quick game that plays well with everyone, seriously.

This game stands out because most people process pictures at a similar speed and the person who sees the match first is probably only a millisecond faster than everyone else. This encourages everyone to continue to be just a little faster –which, in turn, can cause some silly outbursts. This is a fast paced game that may cause your brain to think “ah! what do I call that green thing on the card?” (it’s an apple).

Just about everyone who has played this game with me as said “lets play that again.”

Positive:
1. Kids and adults can play this together or on their own. Most table top games favor the adults, but I’ve been surprised more than once by how quick kids pick up on this game -and beat me.
2. Scales well with small and large groups.
3. Easy to concept to teach.
4. Quick games; if you lose, it’s not a big deal because you can just play again -and probably lose to a 5 y/o.
5. No one is eliminated from the game.
6. Fun game; lots of “mmm, ahhh, what’s that thing called… JACKET!”

Negative:
1. Can be competitive.
2. There are often one or two people who just have a knack for this kind of game and they may continually win.
3. Not the best replay-ability; although very entertaining, you probably won’t be able to play this game for hours and hours.

Brief Overview:
There are a many ways to play this game. This is the version I typically teach/lose.

To begin, deal all the cards out except for one, put this card in the center of the table, face up. When everyone is ready, turn over your stack of cards and look for a matching icon. When you notice an icon that is on both your card and the center stack card, say what the icon is and put your card on top of the center card. Repeat until someone has played all their cards –they win.

Every card has a matching icon. The size and orientation of the icon can change, but the color and shape do not.

Number of Players 2-6
Age 5+
Time 15 mins
Friendly ★★★☆☆
Teachable ★★★★☆
Replayability ★★★☆☆
Creative Freedom ★☆☆☆☆
Inclusive (no elimination) ★★★★★

Versions:
There are too many versions to list. They all play the same way, but none are compatible –you cannot mix them. The Junior set has fewer icons on the cards, but plays the same.

Teaching Advice:
This is a easy game to teach, but it helps a lot to show and tell at the same time. Also, be sure to explain that the point of the game is to find these matches and say the match before claiming it.

Link to Video Tutorial.

Like to Spot It on Amazon.

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