Thursday, November 17, 2011

Game review: Morphology

When I was growing up, my family played quite a few board games together. One that we seemed to play a lot, especially when we had friends over, was Pictionary.  I know it was a great game for encouraging creativity and thinking, but I had one big problem- I cannot draw. I have so little artistic ability that I am pretty sure I cause people around me to lose their artistic ability.  So drawing pictures that my teammates could identify was always challenging. Another "creative" game that my friends liked to play was Charades, which just terrified me. Get up in front of a crowd and act things out? No thank you!

So when I heard about a board game that requires players to be creative but does not involve drawing or acting, I was totally excited and happy to do a review.  The game is called Morphology, and here's a bit about it:

Morphology is a fun board game requiring players to dip into a goody bag full of string, wooden sticks, glass beads and colored cubes to create a designated object chosen from a deck of cards. Correctly guess the words your teammates build to be the first team to reach the Final Lily Pad. For more of a challenge (and a possible Facebook photo op!), you may be asked to flex your creative muscles by closing your eyes, using your weaker hand, or only pick 5 objects to use while conjuring your given word.  Each game includes 480 cards, 50 pieces of material, a timer, a die and team pieces.

First off, I was happy when I opened the box and saw how nice and organized all the pieces are, all in their own little spaces.  Organization is very important to me :)  The rules of the game were simple to understand, with the important information also printed on the game board for quick reference.  The game isn't fancy or complicated, it's just all about being creative and getting your teammate (or teammates) to guess the word that you have. To help you represent the word, the game includes things like string, glass beads, little plastic cubes, rings, and more.  There are both hard and easy words on the cards, which is also nice.
The game board and creativity supplies

Can you tell what my word was?  It was "witch"

I thought this was a really fun, creative game, and I look forward to sharing it with more friends in the future!  If you're looking for a new game for your family's game closet, I highly recommend checking this one out!

Disclosure: I received this game to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.