ToysBulletin.com reviews a pair of games from University Games.
Everyone has played some form of Charades, but have you ever played a game of Charades holding and using a Rubber Chicken? Welcome to “Chicken Charades!”
The game rules are almost exactly as you might guess. Any number of players is split into two teams, with each participant taking a turn acting out clues that will enable their team to guess the secret word. Of course, you cannot say or cluck any words, but you do use a rubber chicken. The game includes 84 cards with 6 secret word choices per card. To begin play, one player rolls a die to determine the word. The player then grabs the rubber chicken and uses it as a prop to get his teammates to guess the word he was attempting to act out. Teams have only 10 seconds to guess correctly, or the opposing team gets a chance to steal the card if they can guess the answer. The first team to correctly answer 10 cards is declared the winner.
At first, I really could not figure out how a rubber chicken could change a game of charades, but it actually made quite a difference in both how you act out the clues, as well as how your team members make their guesses. It was a lot of fun seeing people give mouth to mouth resuscitation to a chicken, give birth to a chicken, use the chicken as a toothbrush and even trying to make the poor rubber chicken look like a gun. It is hard not to laugh when playing “Chicken Charades” and sometimes the laughter stretches beyond the 10 seconds, allowing your opponents to steal the card. But, it is all so much fun, it really does not matter.
Overall, this is a party game with extra laughs included. There are some very interesting secret words on the cards as well, which will keep everybody on their toes for sure. “Chicken Charades” retails for $24.98 and can be purchased at the Are You Game website
If you have ever wondered what people are doing throwing bean bags underhanded towards large planks of wood with a hole in the middle, they are playing a game called Cornhole, and it is an outdoor game phenomenon sweeping across the country.
The good news is that Front Porch Classics and University Games have created “Indoor Cornhole,” a game for ages 6 years old and up that is easy to set up and safe to play indoors. The game includes two boards that easily fold out and lean perfectly over each half of the game box. To get things started, mark off a tossing distance and break into two teams of one or two people. The two teams line up on the same side of one of the boards, alternating turns tossing bags toward the opposite board. Each team gets 4 turns to toss. The goal is to land a bag right in the hole, but points can also be scored by landing a bag on the board.