Sometimes I am fooled by the ages listed on a game. I realize that many times the limitations are due to small pieces or mature content. I have found that usually if a game has a wide age range it is appealing to all ages. This is not the case with our latest Thrift Treasure: Spuzzle.
Advertised for 1-4 players ages 4 and up, it really should be listed as ages 4-10 as that is what the game play is appropriate for. Don’t get me wrong, it was a fun game to play with the girls and they do keep playing it on their own, but for adults it is…how should I say…BORING!
In a nutshell, this is the game. You have a deck of cards with pictures of various characters from the movie Madagascar. Each player has a 4-piece puzzle of the same character and takes turns drawing a card from the deck. Whatever animal comes up you place one of your puzzle pieces on the corresponding photo on your side of the board. Then the next player goes and so on. First person to complete all of their puzzles wins.
The only real twist comes when you draw a Spuzzle card. Everyone yells “Spuzzle” and then puts any piece in its place. If you draw an animal catcher you get to remove one piece from another player’s unfinished puzzle.
That’s it. The entire game is determined by the luck of the draw. There are only 28 cards so you end up reshuffling A LOT during the game just to complete one round. Like I said before, a fun game for the young kids, but sleep-inducing for the adults. I may have to invent my own rules to spice things up a bit.
Produced by Canadian game company Game Brotherz, it does do as advertised: “bring the family a new experience and a quality time by creating fun, innovative, and safe products”. They appear to have some more strategic offerings, Spuzzle Strategy looks particularly interesting. You can get your own copy of Spuzzle on Amazon for around $9 shipped and can learn more about Game Brotherz on their Facebook and Twitter pages.