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Fine Game (If You Have Never Played the Older Versions)
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.
+ 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.
- 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.