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Spy Tag

Spy Tag

Fall 2014 Games
Ages: 5 & Up
Manufacturer: Ravensburger
Price: $16.99

This simple card game is a modified matching game, and tremendous fun. Each player is given 3-4 characters cards to display in front of them. Similar matching cards are placed face down in a pile in the center of the table. Players start the electronic timer, and then the first player draws a card from the pile, and has to quickly match that character (elephant in a trench coat!) to the character card in front of another player. Then that player draws a card. When the buzzer goes off (and it randomizes the length each time, so you never know when it is going to go off), the player left holding the card must draw a case file... the unlucky loser who draws the SPY case file loses the game.

Readers and non-readers can play together, and the game length can easily be varied (playing until one person draws the spy case file, or until the last person draws it, for example). It's a quick-paced game, and a delightful choice for family game night.

Barbara Chamberlin   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Barbara Chamberlin researches and develops educational software and media at New Mexico State University's Learning Games Lab. She and her husband have two boys.

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