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Fall 2017 Games
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: North Star Games LLC
Price: $19.99

The subtitle of this first-to-say-it vocabulary game is "Get the Word Out!" And, while the game seems almost too simple, it turns out that instant articulating a so-called "legal" word at the slap of each picture card isn't all that simple. After several rounds, Blurble proves to be something of a mental challenge as much as a laugh-inducing, fun, card-word game.

While meant for four to eight players, each "race" during the game tests two players against each other as the other players serve as referees. With the Blurble deck positioned between the two competitors, one player takes the top card and quickly turns it over to show the image—anything from a leaf or a rolling pin to a bee or a witch, all common and recognizable. First player to say a word that begins with the same first letter as the image wins that race and takes the card, scoring a point.

So, if the card image is, say, a lamp, players could say anything from "litter" and "leap" to "lettuce" and "lipstick." But, the uttered word can't repeat a word already used in the game; it must be an English word; it can't be a proper noun, a number or an acronym; and it can't be part of the word represented in the image. Other rules apply as well, none too taxing.

Funny thing about Blurble is that it's harder than it seems, especially with multiple players. The game is a free-form, think-fast, vocabulary challenge that's a hoot.

Don Oldenburg   ©2017 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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