Name It. Tap It. Pass It.
Two weeks ago we introduced you to CrossWays by USAopoly. Odds are you have a branded version of Monopoly in your collection from this company. Perhaps it’s a The Lord of the Rings™ Trilogy Edition? We are delighted to bring you another offering from this same publisher that expands their reach into other categories of family games. This one is Tapple, which is a clever acronym for “Touch Activated Press & Play Letter Eliminator”.
You’ll know from our previous game reviews that we love clever storage options that prevent us from losing the pieces. Tapple is no exception and provides a fitted storage area underneath the Eliminator that snugly holds all of the category cards.
Speaking of the cards, they include categories on both sides. One for older players and one for younger. Because this is a timed race to come up with answers, having easier categories for the younger players is a nice touch to keep the playing field level.
Another game that is very quick to learn and get to playing, the starting player chooses a category and starts the timer (the big red button in the middle of the electronic Eliminator). Then they name a word that fits the category, pushes down the corresponding starting letter and restarts the 10-second timer for the next person in line.
That player also gives an answer to fit the same category, but can only use starting letters from the ones that are remaining on Tapple. They press that letter down and again, the next player goes once the timer is reset.
Any time a player cannot answer the category in the ten second period, they are eliminated from the round. Play continues clockwise until only one player remains or until all letters are used. If there is only one player, they receive the card and add it to their pile, saving until they have three cards (or however many you determined at the beginning you are playing until), then a new round begins with all players. If all letters are used and there is more than one player left in the round, overtime occurs.
This is where it really gets exciting! A new category is chosen and the remaining players then must name TWO words from that category in the same 10 seconds! Much harder than it sounds! If for some reason all the letters are used again, double-overtime requires THREE words from a new category – again in the same time period!
We found Tapple to be evenly matched with our pre-teens when using the easier categories, so perfect for our family game nights. One caveat though – this is an electronic game requiring two AA batteries (NOT INCLUDED). A minor setback if you don’t have them on hand, but necessary to keep things moving. The game just wouldn’t be the same if an old-fashioned sand timer was used.
Tapple is designed for 2-8 players and rated for ages 8 and up. Because of the vocabulary needed, this is a very accurate age determination, but anyone over 12 or 13 should be able to use the tougher categories. Most games will only take around 15 minutes to play, but you can choose to play for more cards if you have extra time to spare. Available on Amazon for around $17, this is a great choice for a game that will also help your child with their library of words.
And just like Crossways, USAopoly has also put together a great how-to video of their own!
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30 thoughts on “Name It. Tap It. Pass It.”
this seems like such a fun game! I would love to play this with my daughter.
Forget the kids!! I want to play this game. I looks like so much fun!!! 🙂
This would be a really fun game to play with the kids.
This looks like a really fun and fast moving game I think my family would really enjoy it!
We have this game and it is awesome. We’ve played it several times on family game nights and always have so much fun.
Oh fun! We are aways looking for fun family games! This is a new one we haven’t heard of. Thanks for the great review.
Now this looks like fun! What a great family night game.
We have family game night at least 3x a month!
I am waiting for my son to get old enough to appreciate family game nights – this one would be awesome to try
This looks like such a fun family game! Definitely one we want to try with the boys!
With the kids being older now, we don’t have family game night as often as we used to. But this game does look like it would be lots of fun.
This looks like a really good game to try. Thank you for the detailed review.
Ohhh we LOVE LOVE board games and I’m always on the hunt for more! This looks freaking SWEET!
We love games at our house! This looks like something we’ll definitely want to add to our collection. It looks like so much fun. I think Gaby and her friends would be stoked by this one!
This looks like a really fun game. We break out board games at family get togethers, I bet this would be a hit!
Hmm, looks like a great game! I’ll have to check this out!
I have never heard of this! I’ll have to show it to my girls! Thanks!
I was just talking about this game the other day and wanting to try it. I know I would enjoy this one.
I have never heard of this game, but it looks fun!
Entirely new game to me, but it looks fun.
We try to have a game night once a week.
We don’t have a family game night yet, but it is something I would like to start. For now we just sort of play games whenever.
What a great game. I am going to buy it thanks to this review. I run a tutoring business and I know the kids will love playing this in their 5 min break. Then I will use it with the grandkids when they come to visit. Thanks for a great review, Scott.
I have never heard of this game until now. However, it sounds like it is super fun.
I have never heard of this game but it looks so fun! I’m going to enter since I know the kids would love to play it!
This looks amazing! What fun! We love family game night, every Friday, Followed by a movie. Will have to check this out!
I love games like this! I have to bribe my family to play with me though. They have fun but it’s hard to get them to admit it!
I could see this, not only as a family game night option, but as a way for older adults to keep their brain activity sharp. I suspect I would have trouble with this game because of the timed aspect -meaning it would be beneficial for me to play with it. Now, just need some preteens to play with me.
Ah yes, I’ve played a game quite similar to this before!