I'm here with another product review for you guys. The game is called Randomise and it is offered by a UK company.
What is Randomise?
In this game, players are given random identities – such as a dizzy robot bungee jumping, a confused octopus eating spaghetti or a disguised giraffe playing air guitar – and can choose whether to act, describe or draw their identity for their team mates to guess. The rules are simple, but with more than a million random identity combinations possible, every game is different…
How to play
Split into two teams and alternate taking turns. When it is your turn, you must declare whether you are going for an EASY or HARD challenge, and whether you are going to DESCRIBE, ACT or DRAW your way to victory. Then select a card from each of the three piles of cards (A, B and C). The opposing team will then give you three random numbers from 1 to 3 (eg. ‘3,1,2’).Look at the words on the cards that match these numbers to discover your new identity. Card A will always describe you (eg. Happy, Hairy, Vain), card B will tell you what you are (eg. Octopus, Astronaut, Lion) and card C will tell you what you are doing (eg. Eating spaghetti, Playing football, Baking a cake).
When you are ready, the opposing team will get ready to time your turn, and you will have 30, 60 or 90 seconds to reveal yourself:
- DESCRIBE – You have 30 seconds to use your voice to communicate your identity. You can’t say any of the words on your cards or use rhyming words or letters to give clues.
- ACT – You have 60 seconds to use your body to communicate your identity. You can’t make any noises, point or use any props.
- DRAW – You have 90 seconds to use your artistic skills to communicate the phrase. You can’t draw any letters or numbers.
Your team can shout out as many guesses as they like. The aim is to get them to shout out your complete identity before your time is up. Scoring works as follows:
- ALL LEVELS – You get 1 point for every card your team successfully guesses (max 3 per turn)
- EASY turns – You get 1 bonus point if your team shouts out your full identity before your turn is up – eg. ‘Nervous mole eating spaghetti’
- HARD turns – You get 3 bonus points if your team shouts out your full identity.
Stealing bonus points
If your team doesn’t shout out your full identity before the time is up, the opposing team has a chance to steal the bonus points. They can confer, and then have one guess at your full identity. If correct, they steal the bonus points (1 or 3 depending on difficulty level).
Winning the game
The first team to reach 30 points claims victory! But if this team started, then the opposing team will have one turn to equalise/steal the victory. In the case of a draw, you can play sudden death, awarding victory as soon as one team takes the lead after both teams have taken a turn.
When I first played Randomise, it was with my students at school. Despite the fact that the game is designed for kids, they did not understand the game at all. No matter how many times I explained it, my kids from grades 3-6 just couldn't get it. I realised the biggest issue was they didn't know what some of the words meant, like goth and kingfisher because these are words we don't use every day in our vernacular. So i tried it with my teens during one of our group therapy sessions and they thought it was hilarious! It was a great social skill builder to help them form stronger bonds. But when I tried this game with my girlfriends at my Galentine's Day party, they did not enjoy the game at all. They found the instructions to be confusing, a little boring and truthfully we really only lasted about four rounds. See for yourself below
So is this a good party game? It depends on who's playing. Teens really seem to enjoy it, but kids and adults seem confused by the antics. I would suggest using this game as a part of play therapy and even with special needs kids if they're up for the challenge. It's a great game to let yourself go and be silly for a moment and I plan on using it more in a group therapy context. If you want to buy a copy of this game, you can get it here for only £11.40!