Party games are an interesting breed. Their primary goal is not necessarily to make for a good competition, have an immersive thematic experience or even to provide an interesting game play. No, party games really just want you to have fun!
The problem is if these other elements are too scarce most people find the experience stale and lack motivation to make it enjoyable for themselves or anyone else. A good party game maintains balance, keeping frivolity as its primary goal while still providing an enjoyable competitive experience. Say Anything is just such a game.
The easiest way for me to describe Say Anything is that it’s basically Apples to Apples only it’s fun. A player asks a question from a drawn card that all start with “In my opinion.” Everyone else writes down a response of which the reader secretly chooses their favorite (using a nifty device aptly named the Select-O-Matic 5000). Everyone else is then given an opportunity to bet on up to 2 answers (with betting chips) they think the reader chose. Heck,Â it’s pretty much all on the back of the box!
(I should note that the markers in the game are now the all black ones shown in the picture on the right, which work WAY better than the ones on the left. If you get a copy with the old white stemmed markers North Star Games will promptly replace them without hassle)
The reader gets as many points (up to 3) as their are chips on the answer they chose. The person who wrote the chosen answer gets a point and every chip on the answer gets a point. In this way on any given round, anyone can achieve up to 3 points. The scoring card allows anywhere from 1 to 12 rounds (usually one or two questions by every player)
I like this system for two main reasons. First and foremost is getting to answer all these fun random questions with whatever response I want. (Hence you literally get to say ANYthing, ha ha ha) This makes the game highly replayable for hundreds, if not thousands of plays. Plus, it gets absolutely hilarious! No matter what group I’ve played with whether it’s all young adults around my age or family with ages 9 to 62, everyone is laughing and teasing each other having an all around good time. Second, I like the scoring system. It’s light enough not to make the game serious or terribly strategic but still gives you an opportunity to play competitively to the end of the game and give you meaningful decisions.
So if you’re looking for light game that can get a party going with fun conversation and hilarious content, then go ahead. Say anything and like the box says, find out what your friends really think!
Number of players: 3-8 (or possibly teams)
Playing Time: 40 minutes
Suggested Ages: 10 and up (Publisher says 13 and up)
All images courtesy of Boardgamegeekâ€™s database
Also a special thank you to Dominic Crapuchettes, the game’s co-designer, North Star Games and their public relations director, Luke Warren for all their help and info. Keep the great games a comin’ guys! Thank you also for visiting us here at Kulturblog!!