Snake Oil Party Game Overview

Snake Oil Party Game Overview


Yep, that’s a pretty bold claim. I mean, there’s a ton of self-described ‘party games’ out there after your hard-earned dollars. From classics like Pictionary and Charades, to modern-day offerings like Cards Against Humanity or Name 5, calling yourself the “best” reminds one of snake oil and the salesmen who used to peddle it. I guess it really is a perfect description for Snake Oil, the new game from Out of the Box.

There aren’t many games that I can show you that introduce a new concept to a tried-and-true game idea, but Snake Oil definitely does. This game will remind you of Apples to Apples – one we all have played or have in our collections. Snake Oil takes the idea of picking the best answer to a question to another level. And it does it so effectively that it has been recognized by Mensa, Dr. Toy and a host of other educational organizations for its simple-to-explain rules coupled with teaching salesmanship and public speaking skills.

There are two sets of cards included. One 28-card set of customer cards and another huge set of 336 word cards. Each player is dealt six word cards into their hand and one person is chosen to be the first “customer”.

They claim it is the "Best Party Game in the World". Let's see if Snake Oil lives up to the hype! -

That player assumes the role of a buyer and draws the top customer card from the pile. The other players now must “pitch” their product to the buyer, noting the profession or character they’ve selected.

They claim it is the "Best Party Game in the World". Let's see if Snake Oil lives up to the hype! -

The sellers try to convince the buyer that their product is the best (or at least better than what the others are pushing). What is their product? It is the combination of TWO word cards from their hand. And with a pool of 300+ words in the deck, the combinations are nearly endless.

They claim it is the "Best Party Game in the World". Let's see if Snake Oil lives up to the hype! -

You may be offering something benign like a “Snow Machine” or “Safety Mirror”, or you might end up with a unique (and hilarious) combination like “Nose Blood” or “Flower Sword”. If your customer is a Vampire, then the “Nose Blood” might be of particular interest to them. A mirror, not so much.

Each person takes a turn at being the buyer, with the chosen seller receiving the customer card. After everyone has had one turn as a buyer, the player with the most collected customer cards wins the game.

They claim it is the "Best Party Game in the World". Let's see if Snake Oil lives up to the hype! -

In all honesty, we were quite amazed with how fun this game was. Games like Apples to Apples are fun the first few times, but once everyone knows what’s printed on the cards, it becomes easy to match them up with each other. In Snake Oil you don’t have this issue due to the combination of two cards to make a product and the fact that you must let your salesmanship (and showmanship) talents shine to get the buyer to pick your item. It was very easy to go “over-the-top” like the snake oil salesmen of old with bogus and far-fetched claims.

For instance, did you know a “Flower Sword” can be used as both a defense item as well as an accessory when attending a wedding? But wait, there’s more! It is also a great gardening tool!

I’ll let you decide whether Snake Oil is the best or not when you get your copy from Amazon or from your local game store. But in the class of party games, I can’t think of one we’ve had more fun playing. This will be a tough one to top!

See what other great games Out of the Box has on their website and by following them on Facebook and Twitter. We found Snake Oil to be fun for all ages, but if you’re looking for something specific for the under-8 crowd, they also have a new “Party Potion” edition just for them!

Do you have a favorite party game?


About Scott

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 occasional writer and full-time board game fanatic.

23 comments on «Snake Oil Party Game Overview»

  1. Christina W says:

    This game sounds fun! I love that it is for all ages so the whole family can play on game night.

  2. Leah says:

    This sounds like a fun game! My husband and I really like playing board games, especially with our kids and/or our friends! I’ll have to look at getting this game.

  3. What a perfect game for parties and play dates. My daughter loves playing cards and it would be a great game to have

  4. This sounds like a fun game. I can always count on you to bring me something fun and UNIQUE! Thanks.

  5. J Merrill says:

    “Snake Oil” is a term i use a lot and this is a very cool idea for a game!

  6. LaVonne says:

    This sounds like such a fun game. I really love Apples to Apples and this is quite similar. I want it in our collection now! Thank you for sharing about it!

  7. lisalia says:

    This game sounds like something I know my kids and I would like to play. We have fun game night on the weekends and this seems like its fun!

  8. Jacqui Odell says:

    This sounds so fun and easy that I think all my kids can follow along.

  9. This sounds like a game my son and I would have playing.

  10. LauraOinAK says:

    This sounds like a great game to have in your closet for game nights. I bet even our church’s youth group would have a blast with it.

  11. Ronni says:

    Sounds like a great game for family game night!
    All this weather, should have many still to come.

  12. Sandy Cain says:

    What a nice looking game, perfect for families! And I’m always so happy to see a fun game that doesn’t need batteries, charging, or downloads! Bring back REAL games!

  13. It does look like a really fun game. I bet my daughter would really enjoy it. She loves to play games.

  14. What fun graphics! This definitely looks like it would be a family favorite.

  15. Gotta love a well made party game. My kids would love this. Such cute art too!

  16. I’ve heard of Apples To Apples and that it’s fun but have never played it. This sounds fun!

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