Show Me the… Kwan?

Show Me the… Kwan?


Oh my gosh, there are a ton of word games out there. And that’s a category we really don’t talk about a lot because adults have an obvious advantage over the kids just by their extended vocabulary. We though we had played about every variation of word game available, and really only felt strongly enough about one of them to highlight on SahmReviews last June. That game was Tapple by USAopoly.

Last year we told you about Oversight, a fun and colorful strategy game for up to four players. We had met the inventor of the game, and founder of Griddly Games, Reisa Schwartzman, at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair in 2013. This year at the same expo they were featuring their newest offering, a word game with an odd name – Show Me the Kwan. Reisa was kind enough to tell us a bit about Kwan and another they just debuted, 5 Stones.

So exactly what makes Show Me the Kwan different from all the other word games out there? The inclusion of a special die that dictates which position in your word the matching letter must be. Before the twelve dice are rolled, this die is rolled and will come up with 1st, 2nd or last, meaning you must choose a word whose letter in the 1st, 2nd or last position matches the letter on one of the 12 dice.

It take a lot to make a word-based game that hasn't been done before. Show Me the Kwan by Griddly Games manages to accomplish just that. -

On your turn, you not only roll this die, you choose a category from a card drawn from a pile. The card has two levels of difficulty (one on each side) so you do have some flexibility depending upon the age range of the participants.

It take a lot to make a word-based game that hasn't been done before. Show Me the Kwan by Griddly Games manages to accomplish just that. -

Each side of the card has five categories from which to choose. Once chosen and announced, you roll all twelve dice and set the timer. Everyone plays at the same time, calling out their word and grabbing the matching die. Spelling the word correctly is not an issue like in many other word games. This game is all about fast reaction time, quick thinking and letter recognition. Because of the speed needed to succeed, this really levels the playing field when you’re playing against your kids, who seem to always have lightning-fast reaction times.

It take a lot to make a word-based game that hasn't been done before. Show Me the Kwan by Griddly Games manages to accomplish just that. -

We thought we had seen them all, but Griddly Games surprised us with Show Me the Kwan. It is still a word game at heart, but much easier to play with players of varying ages. Each game is played until someone reaches 50 points, so you can expect it to run about 20 minutes or less. Rated for 2 or more players, the only limitation is how many people you can fit around your table! And before I forget, Show Me the Kwan comes in its own carrying bag, making it a perfect travel game!

Watch Griddly’s Facebook and Twitter timelines for new product announcements and maybe even notification of a sale or two. You can find Show Me the Kwan (and their other offerings) directly on their website or on Amazon.

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.

20 comments on «Show Me the… Kwan?»

  1. That sounds like fun. I love word games the best. I’ll have to find this one.

  2. Jenn says:

    My husband and daughter would love playing this one on family game night. Looks like fun!

  3. Daisy says:

    I need to get this for a family game night. Hehe – I mainly want it because I think that I’ll be really good at it and have a good chance of winning. 🙂 My family is a bit competitive.

  4. Patty says:

    I’ll bet this game leads to a lot of family fun time. I love games that make you think while you are having fun

  5. I haven’t heard of this dice game. This would be fun for the whole family!

  6. Sharon says:

    We love word games, we love dice games, we love all these games as long as we have fun, family time 🙂

  7. Debbie Denny says:

    We love game night. This one sounds so interesting and fun.

  8. I grew up playing board games at home with my family. Word games were our favorite.

  9. Lubna Naz says:

    This sounds amazing and interesting game. I have share it with my hubby and son. Lets see if they are in. Thanks

  10. Patranila says:

    I love word games and puzzles the most. Looks like fun.

  11. Lesley says:

    Very interesting. You always show me things I have not seen before. This looks like so much fun. As always, your girls are adorable.

  12. Michele says:

    This definitely sounds like a game I would love! Even if I had to play it by myself (without cheating of course!). I do love word games and this one is different!

  13. Holly S. says:

    That one sounds like fun! A little advanced for my youngest, but I can see this as a fun adult or teen get-together game.

  14. Terry says:

    I grew up playing scrabble. That was probably one of the first word games that I remember.
    Show Me The Kwan sounds like it would be very thought provoking and fun to play.

  15. Pam says:

    I love games like this. This is one that kids and adults can both play and I like that this is unlimited to how many can play. Sounds like fun!

  16. Tina Joy says:

    This looks like a great game. My family play games when we’re together, and making it easy for all ages is a wonderful way to include all ages.

  17. I love unique games like this one. It takes the drudgery out of playing the same old games on family game night.

  18. Appears to be a pretty fun game. Thanks for the review!

  19. Sparks says:

    This is an interesting twist, I’m curious to see how it plays. Though not needing to spell it correctly seems like an odd rule.

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