625 of 648 people found the following review helpful
on July 11, 2010
I just bought the game and played it several times with adults and with 2nd, 3rd, and 5th graders. It is great fun and very simple to understand and play.
The goal is to be the first to identify a match on a pair of cards and to call out out the name of the figure in common. It is exciting to spot the match, frustrating to know there is a match which one cannot see, and disappointing when one is beaten to the punch. The game keeps everyone engaged. All the children laughed as we played, and all wanted to play again and again. And the youngest (7) and oldest (65) of us were winners. What more could one want for a summer game at the beach?!!
If you lose a card or two the game is still just as good.
258 of 269 people found the following review helpful
on May 1, 2011
The game says it's for 7 and up and is billed as mostly an adult party game. But I have to say, my 4 year old LOVES it.
We have only played "The Tower" version of the rules - where each player has one card and tries to spot their matching symbol on the top card of the pile as soon as it is turned face up. The first time we played it, we (the adults) would close their eyes and not look at the center card while we counted to 5. This allowed our daughter to have a head start since her visual discrimination skills are not nearly as developed as ours. Each time we played the game, we ended up counting to a lower number until finally, she didn't need any lead time at all.
I highly recommend this game to parents of preschoolers, early grade schoolers, and any kids with reading difficulties. Being able to quickly spot the differences in letters, to decide if it's a "b", "d", or even a "p" is critical to being able to read. This is a fun way to boost those skills as well as a fun way to spend time as a family.
237 of 256 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2010
We got this game to take with us on a family trip and it has quickly become a fave around our house. It's hard to find games the whole family can play (Our kids are 4 and 8). There are several different ways you can play and every hand is different, so you don't get bored. It is also small and even fits in my purse, so it travels well and makes a great game to take to restaurants or the doctors' office (anywhere you might have to wait).
206 of 228 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2010
There were 4 of us women on vacation in Hawaii - we played this every night. It doesn't matter if you win or lose, it's a lot of fun and never gets old. One game you'll be on fire - seeing all the matches and the next game you can't seem to find any. We laughed so much. Every different version of the game was fun, we let the dealer pick so we played 3 of the 4 versions many, many times. This is a great fun game for any age, mixed ages, competitive types as well as more passive types. I can't wait until the next time I play it again!
91 of 98 people found the following review helpful
on March 31, 2011
The key to this game is both remarkable and elementary: There is one (and only one) matching symbol between every card in the deck. The goal simple: Be the first to spot the match and you'll be successful, gaining or discarding cards depending on the variation you play.
Sound too easy? Think again.
There are times when the match is instantly recognizable. BAM! MATCH! (Gameplay gets pretty fast and exciting!) Other times, you'll swear there's no match and spend precious seconds pouring over the various shapes, confounded by the fact that you KNOW there's a match, you just can't SEE it. That's part of the fun, 'cause it eventually happens to everyone. No two games are exactly alike so we've found SPOT IT has great replay value.
This game is instantly accessable, takes about 30 seconds to learn, and is enjoyable for everyone we've played it with from ages 8 - 80. It's intense, fast, sometimes LOUD, but most of all sure-fire fun. I dare say this is a can't-miss game night purchase.
49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
My kids love the original Spot It Game, so they were excited when they heard of a few new Spot It Games that were now on the market. This Spot it, allows you to have a blast in the car with symbols that you may see along the way from destination to destination. The game is easy enough and encourages all to stay alert and encourages quick thinking. I love this game as a father because the game itself is interactive and engaging. I also love how easy this game is to transport, so no matter where you are going, this game simply slips into your bag for easy transport! My kids love it because they like to see if they are faster than their dad (sometimes they are). All-in-all this is a great addition to the Spot It! line of games!
68 of 74 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2011
The following review was written by Parker, one of my fourth grade students. We play Spot It! in my class from time to time and it is a BIG hit with the students.
Edit/Note (3/31/11): If you want to get a taste of this great game, Blue Orange Games has a demo you can play for free on their website right here: [...]
Spot it is a great game to play. There are many different ways to play it, and the game includes directions for 4 different ways. My favorite way to play is called Hot Potato. Hot Potato is pretty easy to play. First you get as many people as you want to play, then separate all the people that are playing into 4 even(ish) groups.
Then you give every one who is playing a card that they place face down in their hand. When the game starts, everyone flips over their card and whoever finds a match from their card on one of the other calls it out and gives the person their card. Play continues until one person ends up with all of the cards and then they are 'out' until the game is over.
Every card of Spot it at least has one picture that has a match on EVERY other card. I pulled one card out of the container and it had a tree, sunglasses, sunflower, dog, raindrop, and a carrot. I picked up a different card and it had the dog on it. There can be as many people as you want to play.
That's why Spot it can be a very fun game. I also me personally think it's a five star game.
Pros: Doesn't cost much, fun to play, always challenging, very quick, an easy game to play.
Cons: Sometimes it is hard to find the match, sometimes the game moves VERY quickly
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
When Blue Orange Games asked me if I would review "MLB Spot It!," I was happy to do so as a break from the books and apps I usually review. From the description, it sounded like an interesting game for anyone who's a baseball fan. Actually, it requires no specific knowledge of baseball, so it's a nice game for just about anyone.
The deck includes 55 cards, with each card having eight different baseball-related symbols printed on it. The instructions list the rules for playing five different games. Typically, your goal is to end the game with either the most cards or with no cards in your hand. In every game, you're looking for the one symbol on your card that matches a symbol on the common card or on an opponent's card. In other words, it's just the opposite of "find-the-difference" games.
The game is simple to play, but it requires alertness and concentration to quickly spot the matching symbol. My wife and I played one version, "The Tower," with two young nieces (ages 10 and 8), and they did very well, winning several games. "MLB Spot It" is a fun game that spurred some intense competition.
The game developer has an online practice "Spot It" game. The practice game is timed, which forces you to concentrate on the symbols. It's a great simulator, and I highly recommend playing it a few times before you deal the cards for a game against other players.
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2011
My nearly four year old daughter loves this game. There is a matching symbol between any two card. My daughter could usually spot the matching symbol, and she learned some new vocabulary while we played it. We played it on a four hour plane ride recently and it worked very well. It's very compact and we were able to play on the plane tray table with no problem. The only thing is that it has a picture of a bomb on it, and I didn't want her to yell out bomb on the plane. So we had to call it a "black ball". Besides that, this is a perfect toy for traveling. Both young and old will enjoy it!
30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on March 30, 2011
When I saw this game at PAX East, my instant assumption was that it was a stupid, silly little kid's game, the kind moms everywhere buy at the supermarket. However, after watching friend after friend play, and then buy, this game, I thought I'd give it a chance. The game is a very basic, simple, and appealing idea: each card matches each other card exactly once: find the match. The game then proceeds to take this simple idea and make three full, separate games out of it, with many variations that you could come up with yourself, if you wanted. Unlike the somewhat similar Jungle Speed, which has many similar mechanics, this game is far easier to just "whip out". Shuffling this deck is much easier, and you don't have to manage the totem. The tin the game comes in is nice and durable, and doesn't waste space; the game fits, with a little room for an expansion or another set, which makes it a great game to carry in your backpack for those downtime moments in life where nothing's going on.
The game is, unfortunately, not particularly deep, but as a warm-up or a boredom buster, it's probably one of the better ways to spend ten bucks or so.