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Anomia
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2010
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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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2011
I bought the game for the title alone. I work with people who have aphasia (a language disorder resulting from a brain "thing"...usually a stroke, but often a traumatic brain injury, progressive brain disease, etc). A hallmark deficit in aphasia is anomia-the inability to "find words". I use the cards with my clients in their therapy. The items are quite challenging for my patients and a bit of a change from our usual therapy tasks.
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49 of 57 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2010
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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50 of 59 people found the following review helpful
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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50 of 60 people found the following review helpful
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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2011
This game is wild. We played it with six at a post-Christmas family get together. The volume level around the table increased with each turn of the card. Others in the house both drew nearer to the table to see what was going on, and called repeatedly for us to shush. Fat chance. Although the game says that young players have a reasonable shot at playing, it seems that they may be at a disadvantage when it comes to speed of reaction. The teens and early 20s seemed most adept. Even experienced, shall we say, gamers proved well behind the pack in responding to the speed of the game. But there is a strategy that helps, though it requires constant attention. Too much fun.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2010
I've been playing Anomia for a while now and it's so much fun to match wits against friends, family, and coworkers! This game forces you to to be on your toes with the flip of each new card! Anomia is a great brain workout and I know that my family will be playing Anomia for many years to come.

One of the nicest features of the game is that it's small and easy to bring with you anywhere! It's fun to play with people that you've just met and people you've known your whole life.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2010
I bought this game after reading good reviews. Once you get the game do not be put off by the small size of the game and in fact if you read the directions it does not sound like alot of fun. Wrong. This game is a blast and provides a lot of laughing. Would be a great party game. Best game I have bought in awhile. Buy it you will not regret it!!
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