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No. of players: 2-8
Amount of time to play: 15 min
Age requirements: 7+
Set-up time: minimal
Spot It is a game for all ages. You must recognize matching symbols on the cards and do it quickly. The game includes rules for five different games.
Each of the 55 cards in Spot It has eight symbols on it. One of these symbols will match exactly one symbol on the other cards in the deck. You need to spot the matching symbols before your opponents and you’ll either discard or collect cards depending on the game.
Here are descriptions of the five games you can play with Spot It.
The Tower – You start with one card in front of you. The remaining cards are stacked face-up in the middle of the table. The first player to call out the symbol on the middle card that matches one on theirs places the center card on top of their current card. You continue to do this until all the card in the center are gone. The player with the most cards wins the game.
The Well – You place a card face-up in the center of the table then evenly distribute the remaining cards to all players. Players simultaneously flip their stack of cards face-up. If you are the first player to shout the symbol on the center card that matches one on your top card, you place your card into the center. The game ends once one player has no cards remaining in their pile. They are the winner.
Hot Potato – This game is played in rounds with a suggested minimum of five rounds. Each player gets one card in their hand face-down. All players flip their card at the same time and you mst find a symbol on another face-up card that matches a symbol on your card. Once you do you shout it out and place your card on top of that player’s card. The round ends when only one player has all the cards. Each round starts the same and once you play the predetermined number of rounds players add up their cards. The player with the least number of cards wins.
The Poisoned Gift – The shuffled cards are placed face-up in the center of the players. You must match a symbol on the center card with one symbol on another player’s card. If you are the first player to shout out the matching symbol you give that player the center card. Once the center stack is gone the player with the least number of cards is the winner.
Triplet – To start, lay out 9 cards face-up in the center of the table. You must find a matching symbols on three cards and call it out. Then you collect the cards you saw with the symbol on it. You add three new cards and play continues until there are less than 9 cards in the game and no more triple matches can be found. The player with the most cards wins.
Spot It is a great game for families or parties. It is super easy to teach and can be played by most everyone. Even my three-year old enjoys this game.
The components for this game are fine. The cards are round which makes them a little wonky to shuffle but the cardstock is good quality and the art is too. The rules are excellent and everything fits in a compact tin. You can easily pack this game as it travels well.
I like how flexible this game can be. Not only is it five games in one, but you can play it as competitively as you like. It is fun and light and can be played quickly too.
This can also help develop your visual recognition skills. My mind works this way to begin with, but it is fun to see my kids develop these skills. This could be frustrating for some people that don’t have minds that work visually. But I still think this game can help them develop these skills.
I think this game would be a welcome addition to anyone’s collection. Especially if you are looking for a party game or have kids. This makes an excellent game for families and can be played in a short amount of time.
Score and synopsis: (Click here for an explanation of these review categories.)
Strategy 1 out of 6
Luck 2 out of 6
Player Interaction 4 out of 6
Replay Value 4 out of 6
Complexity 1 out of 6
Fun 5 out of 6
Overall 5 out of 6