Published on April 5th, 2012 | by Greg0
Game Days (Buffalo): Truth Be Told, Likewise, Last Word
We love a good party game- which we’ll define as a game that’s good for a group larger than four, that isn’t particularly strategic, and is easy to learn. We’ve seen lots of games that we love in this category, though opinions are certainly divisive- Apples to Apples inspires both love and hate, but is family-friendly, and our new favorite game to bring out amongst adults is called Cards Against Humanity (highly recommended).
The three games today are from Buffalo Games, and we’ll address each in turn. Truth Be Told is pretty straightforward- a game with cards offering incomplete sentences such as “My favorite snack is __” or “My least favorite household chore is __”. Each turn, one player is the leader, and write their true answer, while other players offer alternatives that they think are plausible (or funny). Everyone votes, and points are assessed in the time honored fashion- tricking others into choosing your answer earns points, no one can vote for their own of course, and choosing the right one also gets you points. Like Dixit and others, it changes the game drastically if you really know someone, but it’s worse here- people who don’t know others will find themselves kind of left out. Aimed at 3-8 players, 14 and up, it’s a solid game with some decent questions- but we would definitely prefer a funnier, more insightful version aimed at adults. $14 or so, available online.
Likewise, is, um, likewise a party game, though meant for slightly smaller groups of up to six. It requires a bit more room or setup (but only a tiny bit) as there are two decks of cards. A player grabs two, one description and the other a subject (think adjective and noun), and everyone then writes down an answer, or occasionally draws it. The odd part is the scoring- players earn a point if they have the most common answer amongst the group. It meant that creativity was a little stifled, but it did work well for varied ages. The materials are decent- dry erase markers and paddles, and 71 of each type of card. Not every combination worked, but most did- “goofy actor” or “old book”, perhaps less so for “slippery superhero”. Available now, for under $20.
The last of the three is Last Word- and again, a simple concept of categories and letters, but with an extra twist. Each of the two to eight players is shouting out words for a given category (animals, vegetables) that begins with a chosen letter. And the trick is the random timer- players are competing to be the last to shout out an answer before it buzzes. Overall, it’s a bit of a mix, since you might not want to be the first to yell, but instead wait until you can find a few in a row. But our issue was that larger groups resulted in some cross-talk, as players say words at the same time, and then time can be wasted disentangling the order and avoiding duplicates. Also, folks who are quiet or shy, or those with overbearing loud voices, can drastically change the game. You can always create your own categories, and it is quick- rounds last less than forty seconds so everyone can get in and play. Of the three, it was our least favorite, but the most fun for a couple of younger players. Around $20, and over a million copies have sold.