Taboo Board Game
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82 of 83 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2013
This would be a fine game if you have never played the older editions of Taboo because then you wouldn't know what you'd be missing.

Positive Updates:
+ The biggest asset to this game is the update of the cards -- I was getting tired of describing "Y2K" from the last edition to people who don't remember it even ever existed. There are also more words included in this game -- they printed 2 words per side (for a total of 4) instead of 1 word per side (for a total of 2) from the previous editions. The other nice thing about this edition is that the MSRP is at a lower price.

+ "Game Changer" Die: if you're tired of the classic game play, the game changer die adds extra stipulations like one guesser (only one person can guess), double the time (play through 2 cycles of the sand timer), statue (clue giver has to sit still), and all play (both teams guess from one clue giver). We liked the option of this game changer, but we stuck to the classic rules and opted to not use the die.

+ This edition is at a lower MSRP than the previous editions.

Negative Updates:
- The Taboo buzzer (one of the best things about the original game) is now replaced with a squeaky toy. Yes, the instruction manual now says "squeak" your opponent as opposed to the iconic "buzz" your opponent. While the squeaker doesn't require batteries, the squeaky noise is not as dramatic as the older buzzer.

- Taboo no longer includes the plastic card holder or the "easel." Previously, you put the stack of cards on this holder to help expedite the process of flipping through during game play. Without this, it was a bit awkward and we were fumbling to find a place to put the cards that we got and the ones that we missed.

- The score pad is much smaller than the previous editions. This is not too much of a drawback, but worth noting if you like to play for a long time or you write really big.

Ultimately, this new edition of Taboo maintains the heart of the original -- the cards. I would strongly recommend going to a local thrift shop and buy an older edition of the game to upgrade your squeaker with the older buzzer. Unfortunately, I am not sure if the new cards will fit on the older edition of the easels.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2013
The buzzer is a squeek toy more than a buzzer. So if you have dogs around, they will mistake the "buzzer" for their own squeeky toy. The cards have 4 words on them instead of two, which is fine, but if you want to play the way it originally is played, without the dice, good luck because there is no card holder. Inconveniently, the new cards don't fit into the old game's card holder, either. I was hoping it'd be the same as the old game, just with new words. Guess not.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2014
Hasbro really scaled down the quality and components in this newest version of the game.
-No card box. (Last version dropped this already.)
-No card easel. You use the spaces in the black plastic box liner instead.
-No electronic buzzer, rubber "squeaker" instead.

Get one of the older versions. I've still seen the last 2010 edition in stores and it's still fairly updated with words.

Or just opt for the electronic version called Taboo Buzz'd and avoid the game pieces altogether with an incorporated timer, buzer, many more phrases, and automatic scoring. It's like Electronic Catchprase but more fun!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2013
It's just like the original. The only difference is the little squeaker and there's not little box to hold the cards while you're playing, but the box it comes in has little slots for you to put the cards in while you're playing. I had a blast playing it with family and friends :)
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2013
I played it for the first time with a large group of friends and we had a lot of fun. There was a lot of laughter with the clues that were provided. Some of the people who had played earlier versions of the games thought this one was tougher. We did find at least one major spelling error and I do wish companies would take more time with QA. The word "anatomy" was spelled "anatomay".
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2014
I love Taboo. It's a great game. This version, for whatever reason, doesn't have a real buzzer like the versions I played growing up. Instead, it has a squeaker, like those annoying baby toys that you always hope nobody will give you yet someone inevitably does. It is far less satisfying to squeak someone for saying a forbidden word than it is to buzz them. The cards themselves also have a smaller font than I am used to. They did this so that each physical card could have four words on it - thus cutting the number of cards in the box in half. I would prefer to have double the cards, and have each side only have one word on it.

Summary:
-lousy squeaker instead of awesome buzzer
-cards have small print
-still my favorite game
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2013
Game works but is a cheap version (we love Taboo and have been playing for years). No electronic buzzer like we are used to using at relatives' house. The buzzer is actually like a dog squeaker toy in the shape of buzzer. If we knew this, we would have opted for the more expensive version.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2014
We love this game! We play it with kids who are 17, 18, and 19 years old. We're in our 40's and love it as much as they do. Great fun for the whole family!

There's a funny YouTube video of Ellen Degeneres playing this one on her show with Katie Perry that you can watch. That'll give you the general idea what the game is like (except with much smaller cards)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 15, 2014
This is a good game for the whole family to play! We play by the rules provided but then, we improvise to annoy the kids! A good wholesome game for couple nights too.
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on May 18, 2015
I think this is a great game for people who barely play board games as well as those who play a LOT of board games. It's always one of my go-to's for family/friend gatherings and everybody has a good time. Obviously those who are more serious board game players will prefer more strategic and complicated games, but I still think anybody who collects board games in general should have this in their stash.

This version comes with the non-battery powered buzzer which was odd at first, but really made more sense to me after awhile. I'm sure a lot of people will miss the old loud and super-annoying buzzer (it's fun to scare people with it while they're concentrating), but at least with the newer one you don't have to worry about replacing batteries ever and just start playing. It sounds a lot like a dog toy but it gets the job done.
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