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Snippets

| Published: 2017
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Snippets is the fast paced anything goes word game!

Perfect for a party or family game night, Snippets is for 2-8 players and takes about 45 minutes. It can best be described as a combination of Scrabble and Scattergories, but unlike Scrabble, you don’t need a crazy vocabulary to win, unlike Scattergories there’s no ambiguity, and unlike most word games, the “smartest” player doesn’t always win.

With its unique "anything goes" rule, Snippets isn't like most word games, requiring more of a creative mind than a large vocabulary. And with only 60 seconds to think, everyone’s answers will be equally hilarious.

NOTE: The game also has free downloadable companion app which can stand in as the sand timer.

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“Fun spin on word games”

How to Play
In each round, players select a card from the top of the deck and try to come up with as many words as they can, based on the letter string that is printed on the card, for example ING. Words must include the exact letter string with no other letters in between. Snippets has easy, medium, and hard cards to choose from. After selecting a card, all players have 60 seconds to make as many words as they can using the letter string. Some cards have a bonus for using the letter string in a certain way, for example based on how many words start with the letter string on the card. The way to award bonus points are written on the card.

After 60 seconds, you compare your word list to the other player’s lists and cross out any duplicates that at least one other player has written down. You also cross off words that other players decide are not valid. Your score for each round is made of several components:
1 point for each word remaining on your list
Creativity: Player with the fewest number of words crossed off gets 3 points, and if that player had no words crossed off they get 5 points
Brainiac: Player who has the word wth the most letters gets 3 points, if that word is 13 or more letters, they get 5 points
If the card had a special bonus, the player that won the special bonus gets 5 points.

In the event of any ties, all tied players get the points for that category.

The player with the most points in the round wins the Snippets Card, and if there is a tie all tied players take a Snippets card.

The rules say you can play until one player wins 3 or 5 Snippets cards, but you could choose any number to fit the time or interest you have.

It’s meant to be a fun, fast game, so there aren’t meant to be a lot of word challenges. When we played, our only challenges were when I made a mistake and added a word that didn’t have the Snippet. If you catch any words on your own list that you want to cross out, as long as you do so before the timer runs out, they do not count against you in scoring.

Although you are still making words in this game, you get points for being able to come up with unique words, and words with the most letters, or if you win the bonus challenge. It adds variety and not simply listing all the words you can think of that contain the Snippet. You can also use all words, including proper nouns, technical terms, and slang. The person with the best vocabulary may not always win.

I think this game puts a fun spin on word games and adds a little variety to the word game category. Although the box says 45 minutes for a game, with a 2 player game, each round we played was less than 5 minutes. Rounds with four players will take longer because you read more word lists, but unless you have incredibly long word lists or lots of challenges, I think even a 4 player game would last about 20-30 minutes.

My favorite games tend to be party\social games and word games, so it’s not surprising I like this game a lot. There aren’t a lot of ‘party’ games that are also fun with two players. Although Snippets is more fun with more players. I think that some of the fun of this game is in the party\social aspect of hearing the other player’s word lists to see what they came up with. This game could also make a fun family game, and since it plays quickly, it could fit into a game night without being the only game you play. I think that you could also add ‘house rules’ if you wanted to add or remove rules so you and your family or friends will enjoy it more.

The game comes with a sand timer but you can also download a free app to use as a timer.

 

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