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.

55 thoughts on “Thrift Treasure: Spuzzle

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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!!

  4. 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!

  5. 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

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

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

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