I’m not one to normally like messy games. And by “messy” I usually mean there’s a lot of cleanup afterwards. Pie Face Showdown is a great example of what I’m referring to. After someone gets whipped cream slammed into their face, there is no doubt a huge mess to clean up. Or maybe it’s hundreds of tiny pieces like you’ll find in Risk. Don’t get them all picked up and for sure one will find its way to the bottom of my foot. And you think Legos hurt to step on? Try a plastic army man with a pointy gun!
Some games require you to make a mess as you play. A great example is the new Swipe Out! by R&R Games. Fortunately the 100 player chips do not include any pointy parts since the game rules practically require they end up on the floor at some point!
Swipe Out! is a game about racing to match a pattern of chips on your card before anyone else does. Each person has their own player board, and a squeaky duck is placed in the middle of the table where everyone can reach it. All boards are then filled with 25 player-color chips, creating a 5×5 grid.
The dealer then flips over one of the 25 included Swipe Cards, which depicts a chip pattern on the other side. Players race to make their player board look exactly like the Swipe Card using any means possible. Pick them up one at a time or use your hand to “swipe” a large group off of the card. Once you believe you have the pattern correctly represented, grab the duck and squeeze! Everyone stops to check your work.
But it isn’t as easy as just removing the right chips – there are rules! As mentioned, you can move more than one chip at a time. You may also place chips back on the board in case your swiping was a little over-zealous. You can also move chips from one square to another if needed.
There is also a big no-no you have to be aware of. You may not have ANY chips touching your card that don’t belong there. Have a chip whose edge is just barely resting on the card? Too bad, you’re out of the round and play continues. We also employed a house rule that any chips that left the table must be returned to the table top before grabbing a duck. This helped keep the mess at bay!
Once a player matches the pattern correctly and without any penalties, they win the round and collect the Swipe Card. First person to collect five Swipe Cards wins Swipe Out!
As is typical of this type of game, we proved no match for the mental reflexes of a pre-teen and teen. It was even more imbalanced without the house rule employed, so that is one we’ll definitely be utilizing any time we play. Swipe Out! is extremely reasonably priced at under $20 on Amazon or direct from R&R Games.
What is your favorite “messy” game? (Keep it clean, please!)