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Mark Rollings
United Kingdom
Peterborough
Cambs
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10
Nov 2011
Hilarious game once you can understand the rules. Make even funnier by using the German poem!

Arm ache is the only drawback!!!
2011-11-10
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Michael Kröhnert
Germany
Aachen
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9
Nov 2009*
A blast! Three ingenious ideas in one party game idea (the basic hand signals to match the optimum card combinations, the scoring track, and the winning condition).
Why not a 10? Some concepts are hard (but not impossible) to explain and a bit counter-intuitive. Nothing for a quick game explained in a minute for the whole family. There are some easier variants in the back of the rulebook, but I would have preferred it the other way round: start with a quite simple family game (plus additional cards and rules to make it the really challenging game it is). It is a "9" because of that.
I would deduct a further quarter point for the maximum of 6 players (could it be possible to make up a variant for more than six?) - but the really low price (at Essen!) makes more than up for that.
2009-10-26
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Michael Logan
United States
Havertown
Pennsylvania
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9
May 2014
soon to preorder
2009-10-17
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oskari
Finland
Helsinki
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9
Oct 2009*
A very solid design. It's very reassuring to see that it is possible to design a party game with mechanisms that make you feel like you are playing a fine-tuned German gamer's game. The gameplay is absolutely hysterical, and there's no sign the usual annoyances we've learnt to expect from party games.

The rulebook is amazing: Extremely well written and illustrated, very clear and precise, easy to read, clever and fun. Very likely the best rulebook I've ever read.
2009-10-27
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Germany
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8.5
Oct 2009*
Seemed a lot of fun, but did not work the first time played.
2009-12-02
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james zevnik
Canada
Airdrie
AB
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8.5
Feb 2013
Funny to observe and surprisingly well received by non-gamey types. Fun!
2013-02-18
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Alexandre Lima
Brazil
Sorocaba
SP
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8.5
Mar 2015
-0.5 cards should be easier to read... somehow. Just a minor complaint about a great party game.
2015-03-05
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Jonathan Takagi
United States
San Marcos
California
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8
Jan 2010
My rating is in full acknowledgment that most will not feel the same way. When we played, the skepticism only grew as we worked our way through the rules - it was evident that some were inclined to hate it before we even started. I guess I should feel glad they everyone still played along (probably because it was my birthday).

This game is in a bit of an awkward place because it is unusually complicated rules-wise for such a silly game, thus limiting its usefulness with casual/party gamers. And it is probably too silly for more serious game players.

But personally I enjoy the challenge. Once you get going, it's not as difficult as it seems, and it's usually pretty easy to figure out what the best combination is. Scoring though is a pain.
2010-01-29
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Monika Dillinger
Slovakia
Bratislava
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8
Oct 2009*
That´s a real party game. The playing and also the watching fellows will have their fun. I really enjoid all the playtestings.
2009-10-16
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Olli Mäkiketola
Finland
Tampere
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8
Nov 2009*
First impression (5/6 players): It's more of a gamer's party game. The game is just an excuse to look silly but it has a solid good game mechanics in it unlike in many other party games. Hilarious, good & fun game,
2009-10-28
Jean-François Jouin
France
Limoges
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8
Apr 2011
A lot of fun in a small box. Has to be played with the right group of people.
2011-06-21
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Tommy Ryytty
Finland
Vantaa
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8
Oct 2009*
Simple and somehow stupid, but hilariously fun and very well designed little masterpiece from CGE.
2009-10-27
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Eric Johnson
United States
Cottage Grove
Oregon
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8
Dec 2009*
Family: This is a fantastic family party game.
2009-12-13
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Soren Vejrum
United Kingdom
Richmond
Surrey
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8
Aug 2011
Very good, fun, silly party game by Vlaada Chvátil. Quite hard both mentally and physically as the scoring and your silly position constantly changes.
2011-08-25
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Mika V
Finland
Tampere
Pirkanmaa
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8
Feb 2010
Essen09. signed by Vlaada Chvátil
2011-01-28
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Gregor Jochmann
Germany
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8
Dec 2009*
sounds like a lot of fun with the right group.
2009-12-04
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Touko Tahkokallio
Finland
Espoo
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8
Jan 2010*
A positive suprise for me! I thought that I wouldn´t like this game at all, but I found it to be a hilarious experience! I would like to try it again after a few beers sometime...
2010-01-11
Chester
United States
Temple
Texas
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8
Jul 2010
Its goofy. Its unique. It plays best when you're feeling very silly (wee hours and/or drinking).

Its hard to believe this came from Chvatil. What a diversity of game designs.

After playing once, this immediately went on my want list.

2010-07-28
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Tom P
United Kingdom
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8
May 2011
Hilarious and infuriating all at the same time.
2011-12-08
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8
Jul 2012
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2012-07-07
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Scott Almes
United States
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
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8
Jun 2012
A great, thinky yet silly party game. It's not that hard to figure out what the best match is... but, with the poem-time-pressure-mechanic? this game is great fun. That being said, I haven't played with ALL the cards yet... we'll add the more advanced ones a little bit at a time.
2012-06-17
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Jamie Tang
United States
Baltimore
Maryland
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8
Jan 2013
If you want a party game that is silly and requires thinking as well as physical movement, this is it. The difficulty is that while YOU may want that combination, you may not be able to find other players. The scoring instructions are fiddly and by the time you figure out scores, the players are tired of holding their arms up.
2013-01-01
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Douglas Catchpole
Australia
Ashfield
New South Wales
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8
Dec 2014
It's so hard to get the right group.
2014-12-27
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Robert Ell
United States
Emeryville
California
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8
Dec 2013
It's a real time strategy game, with Tigris & Euphrates style scoring and zero luck. It's also a party game. Vlaada continues to amaze me.
2012-12-19
Christopher Boat
United States
Ankeny
Iowa
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8
Apr 2015
I think everyones first play of this is infuriating. It's a chaotic mess of a game played in real time, which always turns certain gamers away. Many people have also voiced complaints about the mirror-imaging of the pictures. There are lots of things to cause stress here, but by the time you're on your 2nd play everything is much smoother and it's easy to accept the wacky light-hearted fun. Glad they brought this Vlada classic back.
2015-03-11
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Anthony Harlan
United States
Orlando
Florida
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8
Mar 2015
The rules are simple, but the scoring is complicated on purpose because that's where the fun is! I like being the narrator so you can watch everyone else scramble to have the highest scoring hand positions. There are both simple and complex variants so you can play with children or adults. Game can get slow while you get used to how to score but future rounds will be faster.
2015-03-09
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Simon DeSmet
United Kingdom
Leeds
North Yorkshire
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8
Apr 2015
Could be my favorite Vlaada game, partly because its just a bit weird, in a really good way. I like that the leading player has to read a poem, I like the way the actions inspire idiocy. In general there is a very eccentric vibe to this game. There is some challenge to it too, working out the optimal points on the fly is not easy.
2015-04-11
Grontar Frutang
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8
Aug 2015
Fun and relatively easy to learn party game. It's utterly ridiculous and for once the manual for a silly game lives up to the silliness of the game itself.
2015-08-02
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Antti Tahvanainen
Finland
Helsinki
Uusimaa
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7.9
Oct 2010
I just love games of quick thinking, and some acting is also nice.
2010-10-02
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David Turczi
United Kingdom
London
England
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7.8
Jan 2014
My kind of party game, but of course it makes it unsuitable for most average people I just love laughing at their silly bush faces
2014-01-04
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Antti Y
Finland
Jyväskylä
Keski-Suomi
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7.75
Jan 2010*
Fun but I wonder if it will last. Seems a bit too east.
2009-12-15
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Richard Morris
Scotland
Harrogate
North Yorkshire
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7.5
Oct 2010
Great with a good group of people in the right mood. Your arms can ache holding the pose whilst the scoring happens, though.
2010-01-10
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Herald Claeys
Belgium
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7.5
Oct 2011
Essen 2010
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Jared Sinclair
United States
Charleston
SC
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7.5
Jun 2015
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Lloyd
United Kingdom
Sidcup
Kent
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7.4
May 2012
Slightly over-complex for what it is and maybe plays just a little too long, but very entertaining and laugh-out-loud good with the right gamers.

"A party game for gamers" which is probably a pretty small niche, but a worthwhile one.

Update: rating moved from 7 to 7.4 as this really is consistently funny and the bemused, confused, scared looks of people playing it for the first time really are priceless.
2012-05-04
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Tim Mierz
United States
Middletown
Connecticut
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Jan 2010*
It is a rare group of people that enjoys the game. I've tried it with a number of different groups, and only a select few people enjoy it. It's a weird game for sure, but it's a nice quick break after a stressful Space Alert mission or a Through the Ages civilization collapse.
2010-06-15
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Richard
Greece
Marousi
Athens
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7
Dec 2010
Won at a math trade.

25, Dec. 2010
First play with wife and kids, quite funny.

I start with a rating of 7
2010-12-26
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Mousey
Netherlands
Santpoort-Zuid
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7
Oct 2012
Melissa suggested this when we were playing kids games at the Haba Booth. Thank you!
When we were play testing this game Matt Leacock was also playtesting this ;-)
2009-10-24
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Tim Fiscus
United States
Maricopa
Arizona
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7
Oct 2009*
Was taught this game by Vlaada at Essen 2009. What a blast! He's hilarious. It's a totally silly little game, but deceptively strategic and very, very, difficult to play well. It will melt your brain.
2009-10-25
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Mateusz Pitulski
Poland
Toruń
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7
Feb 2010
Sprzedane na Allegro w zestawie z Uga Buga! za 30zł.
2015-06-21
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Sami A
Finland
Tampere
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7
Oct 2009*
Quite a wacky game!
You try to get the best combo out of those cards by making a silly posture with your hands (and probably with tongue too). The game is a bit hard to explain but after everybody gets into playing, it goes rather smoothly.

The rhyme you recite when being a narrator is a small thing but adds A LOT to the feeling of the game. This is not a game that can be played many times in a row but definitely a game to be played with a bit of party-attitude.

And of course, one of the best thing about the game is how it differs from the others. Definitely worth a try ...and because of the low price, perhaps even to buy!
2009-10-27
Hannu Pajula
Finland
Helsinki
Helsinki
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7
Nov 2009*
Funny social game, best when played fast and with sincere attitude. Not for serious people.
2009-11-03
Larry Rice
United States
Irvine
California
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7
Dec 2009*
This "party" game might even climb higher on the rating scale as we had a blast playing the first time. If you're the reader - it is great fun to speed up reading the cards and the pace to keep the others a bit more mixed up. Slow down and people have too much time to think about their options! This game messes with your head a bit as you gotta quickly recognize what will get your figure ahead the most and then translate that thought into how you place your hands for the motion!

Repeat plays in quick repetition lost the game some of it's luster. I still like it - but you gotta be with a group of people that will get into the game, change the speed of reading the poem to keep people honest, etc...and probably avoid playing more than once every few weeks. This is a perfect game for a change of pace!
2009-11-30
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Graham Charlton
United Kingdom
New Barnet
Hertfordshire
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7
Nov 2014
A party game for gamers. Fantastic!
2009-12-24
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Nathan Beeler
United States
Seattle
Washington
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7
Jan 2010*
Fun game that I absolutely suck at.
2010-01-05
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Andy
United Kingdom
Stockport
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7
Jan 2010
party-style game for gamers, in which players have to make moose-antlers or rabbit-ears by placing their hands on their head in various configurations).. Lots of laughs as long as you don't mind looking a bit foolish.

From the hit designer of Space Alert; Galaxy Trucker and Dungeon Lords.


2010-01-29
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Sweden
Skoghall
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7
Feb 2014
Silly game where you have to react to what happens.
2014-02-02
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R. Eric Reuss
United States
Arlington
Massachusetts
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Jun 2014
Awesomely ridiculous. Wish it were a bit shorter, but that's easy enough to house-rule.
2014-06-19
Stewart Cowan
United Kingdom
Milton Keynes
Buckinghamshire
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7
Nov 2010
Updated after a second play: This played much better the second time - I suggest stripping down the deck and introducing the rules gradually rather than all at once. Needs the right crowd!

2010-11-15
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United States
Sun Prairie
Wisconsin
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Feb 2012
Not sleeved.
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