If your family game night needs an upgrade, try the new games Itzi and Slapzi from Carma Games. Both are easy-to-learn games with fast-paced gameplay.
The object of Itzi is to be the first to get rid of all five of your letter cards. To do this, you've got to come up with words that start with one of your letters and fit with the category shown on the Itzi card. So, if the category is "It'z a pizza topping" and you have a letter "P", you could call out "pepperoni" and smack down your letter card. If you're the first to call out a correct answer and smack down your card, you get to discard that letter card. Then a new Itzi card is flipped over and play continues.
Be careful because if you call out a wrong answer, you take back your letter card and add an extra letter card to your hand as a penalty.
The game instructions offer a few more ways to play using the colors and icons on the cards, and those variations provide new challenges and keep the original gameplay from getting too stale.
In Slapzi, you're also trying to get rid of five cards, but these are picture cards. You can lay these cards out in front of you, with the deck of clue cards placed facedown in the center. A clue card gets flipped over and might say, "You wear it". Then players quickly look at their picture cards, both front and back, to find a picture that fits the clue. If you're the first player to slap a correct picture card on top of the clue card, you can discard your picture card. Flip over a new clue card and continue playing.
Incorrect picture cards result in the player taking back that card and adding an extra picture card to their hands.
You also have to watch for wild cards. There are two in the deck, and when one is flipped over, you can grab any one of your picture cards and slap it on top.
There are also seven other ways to play the game to provide more challenge and variation every time you take Slapzi off the game shelf.
We really like how easy these games are to learn and that there are so many different ways to play them. They provide a challenge to your visual skills, your vocabulary, and your reflexes. Because the key to both games is speed, they are fast-paced and entertaining games. Either one is sure to be a hit at your next game night.
The gameplay of Itzi is going to be different each time you play because of the different letter cards you're dealt and the different category cards you turn over.
Slapzi was also fun to play, but it might be more fun if you play with more than two players so that more picture cards can be in play.
Both games are for two to eight players ages 8 and up.
Itzi comes with 75 letter cards and 120 Itzi cards.
Slapzi comes with 120 picture cards and 65 clue cards.
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