I love party games. Problem is, being a working mom with a toddler, there isn’t often a whole lot of time for finding time to play them because arranging for a “girls night out” can be a big challenge. However, if you do get the chance to have a get together, the party game, Gotcha! by Buffalo Games is definitely one to bring along.
This summer my family stayed together at a beach house for a few nights and we were immediately plagued by some rain. I had brought along a whole bunch of games to play, just in case we had some takers. Honest to god, alcoholic beverages were not involved while playing this game one afternoon, but it was the kind of party game where I literally had tears in my eyes, while I sat with my legs crossed, praying I wouldn’t pee my pants. My husband and I played along with my 23 year-old sister and her friend. I think this is a great game that is not age specific and is fun for both genders.
Gotcha! is all about the ability to follow multiple, silly rules that change with each hand. This party game is recommended for adults ages 14 and up, and requires 3-8 players. It takes about 30 minutes to finish the game, perfect for those of us with time crunches or who turn into pumpkins after 9 p.m.
After placing 2 “AA” batteries (not included) in the buzzer, each player gets a pawn and places it on start. There are three different types of rule cards: top rule cards, bottom rule cards and individual rule cards. 6 rule cards are dealt to each player at the start of the game. On your turn, each player first picks up a new rule card, then a rule card is subsequently played.
On the game board there are two spaces for “top rule” and “bottom rule” cards, which are rules that are created to be played by everyone participating. For example, Everyone “with a pocket” (top rule card) must “speak with teeth clenched during your entire turn” (bottom rule card). Then on the next turn, a person might change the top rule card to be Everyone “playing this game” must “speak with teeth clenched during your entire turn.”
There are also rules that each individual must follow in addition to the group rules. Examples of individual rules might be, “Fist pump before playing a card” or “Plug nose during player at left’s entire turn.” If some is caught not following the rules, be the first to hit the buzzer and state the broken rule. The rule breaker moves backwards 1 space, the buzzing player advances 2 spaces until someone reaches finish and is the champion.
Pure silliness with good, clean fun, Gotcha! is easy to play with a variety of age groups, any time of the day. Initially, by just reading the cards I wasn’t sure what to expect, but as we played the game and there became more rules, which become harder to remember and follow, we literally couldn’t stop laughing. Even hours later after the game was finished, one of us was bound to have some memory spark that caused continued laughter completely out of the blue. This game will challenge you to make an effort to reschedule a game night or girls night out because it is so much fun.
Gotcha! by Buffalo Games was provided free to facilitate this review. The opinions are my own.