You may have noticed some similarities in the games we’ve been playing lately. We’ve temporarily taken a break from longer, strategic games in favor of those that are quick to teach and just as speedy to play. Everyone is on edge with the stay-at-home orders, missed events and the general interruption of our lives. So, we’ve gravitated towards games that bring the laughs – and that means party games.
Earlier this week we were playing (May Cause) Side Effects and we’re always up for a round or two of Hues and Cues. Today we’re enjoying Splurt! by Gamewright! And when I say we’re looking for games that are quick to play and teach, Splurt! masters both of these requirements with ease.
Splurt! is a quick card game for 2+ players. Inside the box are 100 double-sided cards that should be shuffled before beginning. Pull out a stack of 20-40 cards – these will be all you use for the current game and the amount will depend upon how long you want it to last. This deck is put in the center of the play area, pink side up.
Each person playing Splurt! is on their own. There are no teams in this game. The top card is flipped over, revealing a word requirement. This might dictate a specific letter at the end, a certain number of vowels or containing a limited number of letters in total! When paired up with the newly-revealed pink side still on top of the deck, these two cards combine to set the challenge for the current round – come up with a word that fits both and be the first to shout it out!
The pink card backs are unique subjects like “A Famous Man’s Name”, “Something Found in School” or “A Pizza Topping”. Whoever is the first to call out a correct answer that matches both criteria takes the letter card and flips over the next one from the deck to immediately start the next round. If there is a tie, or if no one can come up with a correct answer, turn the letter card back over and place it on the bottom of the deck.
When there is only one card left in the Splurt! deck, the game ends immediately. Whoever has collected the most cards wins! In the event of a tie, grab a few more cards from the rest of the 100 card supply and play one last round with all of the tied players to determine the overall winner!
You’ll find Splurt! at a number of retailers not normally known for carrying games. A quick search of our area shows availability at our Family Museum, an older Ben Franklin five-and-dime and the high-end department store, Von Maur. You can also pick it up direct from Gamewright on their website for under $10! Follow them on Facebook and Twitter to inquire where else you might grab a copy.
What party games are you getting to the table?