Thrift Treasure:  Spuzzle

Thrift Treasure: Spuzzle

Sometimes I am fooled by the ages listed on a game. I realize that many times the limitations are due to small pieces or mature content. I have found that usually if a game has a wide age range it is appealing to all ages. This is not the case with our latest Thrift Treasure:  Spuzzle.

Spuzzle - Contents

Advertised for 1-4 players ages 4 and up, it really should be listed as ages 4-10 as that is what the game play is appropriate for. Don’t get me wrong, it was a fun game to play with the girls and they do keep playing it on their own, but for adults it is…how should I say…BORING!

Spuzzle - Drawing a card

In a nutshell, this is the game. You have a deck of cards with pictures of various characters from the movie Madagascar. Each player has a 4-piece puzzle of the same character and takes turns drawing a card from the deck. Whatever animal comes up you place one of your puzzle pieces on the corresponding photo on your side of the board. Then the next player goes and so on. First person to complete all of their puzzles wins.

Spuzzle - Filling in a pieceThe only real twist comes when you draw a Spuzzle card.  Everyone yells “Spuzzle” and then puts any piece in its place. If you draw an animal catcher you get to remove one piece from another player’s unfinished puzzle.

Spuzzle - Game OverThat’s it.  The entire game is determined by the luck of the draw. There are only 28 cards so you end up reshuffling A LOT during the game just to complete one round. Like I said before, a fun game for the young kids, but sleep-inducing for the adults. I may have to invent my own rules to spice things up a bit.

Produced by Canadian game company Game Brotherz, it does do as advertised:  “bring the family a new experience and a quality time by creating fun, innovative, and safe products”. They appear to have some more strategic offerings, Spuzzle Strategy looks particularly interesting. You can get your own copy of Spuzzle on Amazon for around $9 shipped and can learn more about Game Brotherz on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

Scott Brady

About Scott Brady

A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as, and a number of other online properties. He also is an award-winning board game designer with notable titles such as Hues and Cues and boop.

55 comments on «Thrift Treasure: Spuzzle»

  1. My kids would love that game!

  2. Alana says:

    My son would have enjoyed this game as an alternative to Candyland. Think once a child learned how to read, they would be wanting something a little different but it sounds like fun for the pre K ages.

  3. Awe, that’s cute! But, I agree… not really for adults. Cute characters and fun colors though!

  4. Oh what a fun game. My kids would love that!

  5. I haven’t played a game in so long. I used to have such fun with them too. There are no children around here so they are out-of-mind. But this post did bring back some fun memories for me. Thanks for that!

  6. You find the neatest games! That looks like the characters from Madagascar!

  7. Tammilee says:

    What a fun family game night game! I love the bright colors and how it ties to a great movie.

  8. Michelle says:

    It looks like a great game and I love that it is bright colored with pictures of animals. Looks like your kids enjoyed it 🙂

  9. Angel says:

    hahaha, these types of games drive me crazy! Like Candyland. Not my thing. Thankfully the hubby had no problem playing those games with my daughter 🙂 Thanks for sharing this info!!

  10. Jacqueline says:

    The first Madagascar movie was the best by far! This game looks like it would be fun 🙂

  11. Aww! Another great puzzle for kids!

  12. Wow, you are always finding good stuff at the thrift shops. My kids would have totally loved this game!

  13. Erica says:

    So, I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again- you always find the coolest games! I’ve never heard of this one before but it looks fun!

  14. At least this game looks easy enough for kids to understand….

  15. Dina says:

    that does look like something my kids would enjoy! I snooze at most games. I always try to get my kids to play yahtzee or clue. lol

  16. My daughter probably would like this game. We have been stuck on playing UNO all the time. My husband and I taught her how to play it then she proceeded to beat us in every round we played. haha

  17. Karen says:

    This looks like such a cute game! My daughter is a little young for it but it really does look like fun.

  18. My kids love the Madagascar movie so this would be a fun and engaging game for us to play as a family.

  19. Keikilani says:

    This game looks like fun. I like how it is challenging using puzzles, but still a little friendly competition.

  20. I love that it uses Madagascar characters. We would play the game just for that!!

  21. Mitch says:

    I don’t know how they keep coming up with new games! And we love the Madagascar franchise, we would love this game!

  22. Dawn Lopez says:

    This looks like a cute game, I have to say the name is eye catching. At least your kiddos are having fun with it! I always loved the movie Madagascar, this would make a fun gift for the little ones!

  23. katherine bartlett says:

    What a fun game to play with the kids!

  24. Shell says:

    My boys would like this game. It seems like it’s easy enough that I wouldn’t have to supervise(and get bored).

  25. Brett says:

    You guys find the coolest treasures at thrift stores!! We love board games as well

  26. I love game night! I haven’t done one in a while, you’ve inspired me!

  27. Jaime says:

    This looks cute, but definitely for kids and not adults. My son is only 2.5, so he’s still a tad young.

  28. Kecia says:

    I’m not sure it would entertain even a 10 year old. It would be great for younger ages that are learning to put together puzzles, follow directions, and cooperate well enough to play a game.

  29. Melissa says:

    It looks like an interesting game! I know that my 6 year old would love it! You should link up to our Thursday Thrift Store Finds someday, I love what you can find in a thrift store!

  30. Liz Mays says:

    So it’s “technically” for all ages. However, the entertainment value doesn’t reach very far. Got it.

  31. Wow! This is a great and awesome game. It’s perfect for kids and adults alike. I might tell my cousins about this game. :) 

  32. Amanda says:

    You are always first to know of the cool new games! This one looks perfect for my family!

  33. Marya says:

    Thanks for sharing! It helps to see someone else play a game first to know if it’s any good!

  34. Christie says:

    My son loves Madagascar! I could understand the age range and boredom

  35. Geniece says:

    Hi Scott. That is definitely a game that my 8 year old daughter would really like. And I could see her asking me to play it over and over and over!

  36. Krystal says:

    This would keep my kiddo very busy. Neat idea for a game!

  37. hahaha the post made me laugh at the “sleep-inducing for the adults” part lol. But I bet my 5 year old niece would love this!

  38. Toni says:

    What a cute game. My daughter would love playing this.

  39. My kids love Madagascar and games, so this combo would be fun for them. I think I’d probably like playing A game, but over and over might be a bit much… lol I love that it’s a game that my kids can grab and easily play over and over on their own though!

  40. This sounds like a game I wouldn’t want to play. But my younger cousins might and of course if they asked me to, I’d play along for a few rounds. But I’d probably hope they wanted to play something more exciting!

  41. This sounds like a game my 9 year old would be interested in playing. He loves card & puzzle games so the combination would be great for him.

  42. Krissy says:

    Looks like a fun game! My kids are obsessed with board games and cards – their newest obsession is playing Rummy! It’s great because it’s something my husband will actually play with us, so we can all do it as a family.

  43. I think my son would love this! He’s obsessed with puzzles and games right now.

  44. I think most games ger spiced up as we get creative with the rules.

  45. That is such a great concept for a board game. I hope they do they more like this 🙂

  46. Love games and no one to old to play games. I e.ven like a good game of chuttes and ladders.

    Came over from blogger corners and coffee is on

  47. Alana says:

    It is difficult to find a game that is enjoyable for both young children and adults. I agree with peppylady above, though – I do enjoy a good game of Chutes and Ladders!

  48. Maggie C says:

    Sounds like an easy game for kids, I might have to check this out for them. And if they can play it on their own, even better!

  49. Danielle says:

    Oh how FUN is this game!! We love game nights! I will have to add this to our collection!!

  50. Elisebet F says:

    I used to play board games all the time with my brothers growing up. I look forward to starting a game night with my son, but he’s still too young. I think he’d like this one in a couple of years though.

  51. Melanie K. says:

    This looks like a great game to play with the kids. Board games are making their way back into Family night!

  52. Rebecca Swenor says:

    My niece and nephew would so love this game for Christmas. I really love to play the board games with them. Thanks for sharing.

  53. Marysa says:

    We loved the movie, this would be a lot of fun! Nice find!

  54. This looks like a great game for the kids. They really love Madagascar.

  55. What a cute puzzle/game. My kids love the Madagascar characters, so this would be right up their alley!

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