Finding games that can suit varying groups or personalities can be hard. Not everyone appreciates the speed or thought process of card games. Word games use yet another part of the brain that not everyone can find enjoyable. And still others find mindless games of "war" or "Candyland" to be a small taste of hell (haha).
Tom and I can personally become ultra competitive when card or board games emerge at a party, and not everyone can handle smack-talk or smug winners/losers. When we discovered this nature in our personalities, we started to seek out games where all players unite or where personal opinions are welcome. When I read about the background of Punderdome and how it actually originated with a father-daughter duo in New York, I got a little more intrigued. They created this game, and its been a live pun competition in Brooklyn for several years.
Having tested it out with my parents over the weekend, I can honestly say it will soon be a game-shelf favorite. Others have compared it to the vibe of Cards Against Humanity and I would fully agree. Points or prizes are awarded based on a prompter's preference (like in CAH) and it creates a less competitive, more enjoyable atmosphere. Even the really awful puns at least elicit some laughs for dorkyness! The conversations it creates are downright funny and have players morphing phrases or words into hilarious concoctions. Here's a little overview on how it's played:
"A player (the prompter for that round) draws two prompt cards from the deck, and then reads the prompts to the rest of the group, who have 90 seconds to create a single, groan-worthy pun that combines the two prompts.
When time is up, pun makers share their puns with the prompter, who awards the prompt cards to the player whose pun he or she likes best. The winner then draws the next pair of prompt cards and the process repeats. Players win by obtaining 10 pairs of cards"
Above is a really bad example, but it helps you get the drift. Create a pun that somehow involves The Beatles and Banking. Penny Lane and Can't Buy Me Love are pretty easy, obvious choices, but they demonstrate it well.
I'm so excited to own this little game and am truly looking forward to pulling it out for dinner parties and ice breakers in the future! If anything, you can always laugh about how terrible you all are at trying to think of puns! Follow this link to learn more and see a video by one of the creators.
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I received this game from Blogging for Books for this honest review.