Thrift Treasure: Back Round

Thrift Treasure: Back Round

To say this week’s Thrift Treasure is easier for some than others would be an understatement. Back Round from Anomaly Games is a rather hard to find title from a short-lived publisher. Originally issued in 2002, it is easy to see why it was never reprinted or sought after in game collections.

Back Round by Anomaly Games might be for you, but it wasn't for me. Imagining words backwards in my head obviously isn't my strong suit! - SahmReviews.com

Back Round uses what I like to refer to as an “Apple to Apples” mechanic. One person will be reading a card while the others try to solve it. Do so and you win that card, with the first person to obtain five cards being declared the winner.

Back Round by Anomaly Games might be for you, but it wasn't for me. Imagining words backwards in my head obviously isn't my strong suit! - SahmReviews.com

Each card has four word sections on it, and the reader chooses which one he or she would like to read. There is a hint to guide the other players about the answer, and the reader reads outloud the bolded word. I use the term ‘word’ loosely, as it is more of a phonetic phrase that represents the answer spelled backwards.

Back Round by Anomaly Games might be for you, but it wasn't for me. Imagining words backwards in my head obviously isn't my strong suit! - SahmReviews.com

But it isn’t a perfect translation (nor is it intended to be). The ‘guessers’ must picture in their head the term read to them and try to assemble it in reverse order, with the first person shouting out the correct answer winning the card.

Back Round by Anomaly Games might be for you, but it wasn't for me. Imagining words backwards in my head obviously isn't my strong suit! - SahmReviews.com

In the above right example (in blue), the readers says “Neat Nack”. You must figure out that “Neat” backwards sounds like “Teen” while “Nack” resembles “Can”. Put them together to form “Canteen” and you’ll see that it also matches the hint, “This can hold water”.

This was definitely not a game I could excel at. Give me numbers, colors or something else, but trying to reverse a phonetic sound in my head quickly I just could not do. My wife on the other hand was a genuine wiz. Maybe it’s because nothing she says makes sense in the first place…

You’ll be hard pressed to find copies on Amazon or eBay, so keep an eye out at your local yard sales or thrift shops if you want a copy for yourself. Or drop us a line if you want to trade for this copy – I know I won’t be first in line to play it!

Scott

About Scott

A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as SahmReviews.com, GiftCardCollector.com and a number of other online properties. He also is an occasional writer and full-time board game fanatic.

8 comments on «Thrift Treasure: Back Round»

  1. Theresa says:

    This is the kind of game that I actually like. Kind of has the same concept as Mad Gab, which we love, too!

  2. myrah says:

    I’ve never seen this game before. So neat! One that for sure will keep everyone entertained!

  3. Rosey says:

    bahahahahah you’re going to get in big trouble for that last line about your wife. 🙂 I’d like to try the game.

  4. The game sounds a bit confusing to me. I’m willing to bet your wife says at least a couple of things that make sense.

  5. I like word games. This one definitely sounds like a challenge!

  6. Jennifer says:

    This sounds like a fun game. Most of your games look so great to me simply because they aren’t the same handful of games I’ve seen my entire life.

  7. Erika says:

    Nothing she says makes sense… haha! This sounds like a great game. I will have to check it out!

  8. Greta Brinkley says:

    This sounds like one of those games you either get it, or don’t. I would so win! Sounds like fun!

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