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Anomia

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  • For 3-6 players
  • Takes about 30 minutes a round
  • Tons of replay value
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 4 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B00363B5FC
  • Item model number: 0001
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 10 - 14 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,374 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
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Anomia plays off the fact that our minds are positively brimming with all sorts of random information; things to eat, pop songs, websites, etc. Sure, under normal circumstances, it's easy enough to give an example of a frozen food, or a dog breed, but you will find that your brain works a little differently under pressure! The directions are simple. Draw a card from the center pile and flip it over. Does the symbol on your card match one on another player's card? If so, you must quickly face-off with the other player by giving an example of the person, place, or thing on their card before they can do the same for yours. If you blurt a correct answer out first, you win their card and drawing continues. Sounds simple, right? Wrong, Wild cards allow unlike symbols to match, increasing the number of things you must pay attention to. Cascading face-offs can occur when you hand over a lost card revealing a new top card on your play pile. All this adds up to a high-energy, hilarious play experience where everyone is involved at all times. Easy to learn, fun to play over and over again, Anomia will have any group of friends, family, even perfect strangers, shouting and laughing out loud as they try to beat each other to the punch.

Product Description

Anomia: [uh-NO-mee-uh] - Noun - 1) A problem with word finding or recall. 2) Chaos. 3) The game where common knowledge becomes uncommonly fun!

Anomia plays off the fact that our minds are positively brimming with all sorts of random information; things to eat, pop songs, websites, etc... Sure, under normal circumstances, it's easy enough to give an example of a frozen food, or a dog breed; but you will find that your brain works a little differently under pressure!

The directions are simple. Draw a card from the center pile and flip it over. Does the symbol on your card match one on another player's card? If so, you must quickly face-off with the other player by giving an example of the person, place, or thing on their card before they can do the same for yours. If you blurt a correct answer out first, you win their card and drawing continues. Sounds simple, right? Wrong.

Wild cards allow unlike symbols to match, increasing the number of things you must pay attention to. Cascading face-offs can occur when you hand over a lost card revealing a new top card on your play pile. All this adds up to a high-energy, hilarious play experience where everyone is involved at all times.

Easy to learn, fun to play over and over again, Anomia will have any group of friends, family, even perfect strangers, shouting and laughing out loud as they try to beat each other to the punch!

Players: 3-6 players, Ages 10 and up.
Goal: To win the most cards by facing-off with other players.
Cards: 2 decks. Each deck has 92 unique playing cards and 8 Wild Cards.
Duration: One round lasts about 30 minutes. Two rounds are suggested.
Vibe: It can be your turn at any time and anyone can be your opponent!


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Customer Reviews

Fun game to play with family and friends.
Andrea Oakland
This game was very easy to learn, and we played it over and over at a party.
L. Rankin
I think this game will be great for helping the kids' vocabulary grow!
Lisa Maria Smith

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

90 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Katy Morris on March 7, 2010
We received this game shortly before having a fairly large party at our home. After playing some Wii bowling, people were looking around for the next entertainment. I pulled out Anomia, since we hadn't used it yet, and said we should try to figure this one out. It turns out the rules are fairly simple, and we had a real game going within 10 minutes.

We all had a blast. It was an incredibly funny game, very entertaining, and everyone had a blast. It went fairly fast, so people didn't get bored. We had a couple instances of "just one more game" when people were planning on leaving the party.

After that great experience, we brought it to a large family gathering, and had a number of my younger relatives playing. Beyond a few categories the very young people had trouble listing (a musician for instance), they all had a blast playing. Additionally, since most of the categories are perfectly fair for any age, it's quite possible for an 8 year old to beat out an adult in a matchup, which is just great fun :)
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful By T. Smolen on June 3, 2010
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We purchased this game for our 9 year old son but the very first game made it a favorite of our 16 year old daughter. Unhappy with us for making her join in 'family' time I figured we'd play for a little bit to entertain my son and go on but she quickly caught on to the rules and kept asking to play another round.

The game is faced paced and very fun. There are a lot of topics that might not be known to children and even to some adults (Opera star? I certainly couldn't name one) but with a loose interpretation of the rules every one can enjoy this game.

I'm not sure how educational it is but I do believe it's very good for brain development. You flip a card over and you'd think it'd be real easy to spout out something related to the topic on the card but I think you'll find that you brain will be overflowing with ideas and mumbles and nonsense is all that comes out at first. You'll soon learn to focus and think and I believe that's the beauty of what's learned.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By gloriousjob on December 29, 2010
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I've read that this game is a memory-recall game meeting slapjack. The game is simple, with each card having symbols and a category (e.g. pet). When two people have matching symbols, they have to yell an item of the other player's category (e.g. "Dog!" for pet). The first person to end saying their opponent's category get the opponents card. The beauty of the game occurs when a losing player has a card below that matches the symbol of someone's deck, causing another face off. This catches many by surprise, adding to the fun element of the game.

When I saw the rules, I wondered how much fun this game would be but I was pleasantly surprised when I brought it out for a 6 person game. Your mind really draws blanks when it's put under pressure, which adds to the enjoyment of the game. My only complaints are when we land on a category that people don't know (e.g. I'm still not sure I know what a rock opera is). It's easy to see when some people aren't quick on their feet though, which may make the game less fun for them but the amusement in seeing others face-off can cause them to continue playing.
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46 of 54 people found the following review helpful By L. C. Owens on March 13, 2010
I bought this game after seeing an article on the creator, Andrew Innes, in the Boston Globe. I was curious about the game and also wanted to support this local entrepreneur. I tried out the game tonight at my family game night -- 7 adults, 1 teenager and 3 8- and 9-year olds played several rounds in teams. Much hilarity ensued and the game was universally declared a winner.
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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful By rufusdampfer on June 5, 2011
We really loved to play this the first couple of times through, then I started to notice a few trends that bothered me:
- You start to memorize the fastest answers to the questions - like "cheese" instead of "pepperoni" for "pizza topping."
- We spent a lot of time just waiting for symbols to match when we were playing with 3-5 people. Cascades were very rare, and were never long like the instructions hinted.
- The winners never got more than about 15-20 cards before the game was over, and everyone had large piles of cards that never got used. That was disappointing to the kids I played with. I think it would have been more fun if there were less symbols.
- It was really hard sometimes to decide who "finished" saying the word first. Tiebreakers were a lot of fun though.

I don't mean to sound so negative - We had so much fun and I haven't laughed like that in a long time. But I do think there are a few bugs with the game that make it not really worth $20.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Meg Coward on February 25, 2010
We bought our first copy of Anomia before the holidays, and took it with us on a big extended family trip. Everyone loved it! A great way for people who didn't really know each other well to have fun together. Easy to learn, Anomia gets everyone laughing and engaged. We've since given it to many friends as gifts, and they all love it as much as we do.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By SouthStreetK on December 15, 2010
This is a really fun, simple game. We've had a great time with people ages 9-82. Watch closely as, one-by-one, each player flips over a card. If the symbol on the newest card matches yours, you must quickly think of something in the category named on the other player's card. The quicker mind gets both cards, and cards collected win the game. The only issue with Anomia is that young people (especially ages 16-21) seem to have a huge advantage. Older players find out very quickly about the condition known as Anomia. But even we anomics keep coming back for more!!
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