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This is a fantastic family board game from Hasbro! Fun for all the family both young and old. The aim of the game is to move around the brightly coloured board achieving exciting activities for example a word recognition task whereby you must avoid saying a word stated on the card and yet still get your team members to guess that word for example skipping rope-you could say jump, playground games etc.
The star of the show for me is a cute bendy, purple character named Bob! He is furry, reminds me a little of a muppet and makes a squeaky sound much like Gordon the gopher used to make (remember him!?!). This toy is used to illustrate a given word-a little like charades!
It is a team game which can be played with small or larger groups. I have enjoyed many evenings playing with friends or afternoons playing with the family with children ranging from 8 to adults in their 60's!
The BIG Taqboo is a classic family game that has been pumped full of steriods to to form a massive, challenging, hilarious game for everyone to play.
The first task is the traditional taboo game where you get a word that players need to guess and you have to describe it without using the buzz words on the card. An example would be to describe milk without using the words cow, butter, dairy, carton and way. The best feature of this game is the Bendy Bob character who is a purple little toy monster who you manipulate and people have to guess what the word your acting out is. Its like sharades but with a toy but its not easy with answers like acting someone who is blind. There is a drawing section which is very similar to pictionary and the other section is to guess as many answers as possible using only a total of 15 words. All these tasks are timed using the timer provided.
I have many funny nights playing this game with a few friends. Its brilliant to see how competitive people can get when they are engrossed in the game.
I remember back in the olden days when we used to go around to my friends house when they first bought their house and sat in the living room with a white plastic patio set being the only furniture and a couple of bottles of wine and we laughed ourselves stupid playing the original taboo game, where you have to get your partner to guess the word on your card without using any of the most obvious word which are written underneath.
The new version retained this part of the game but added a few new challenges. My then 10 year old son asked for this last Christmas having played it in school and enjoyed it and I was well chuffed to get him a present I was quite happy to play myself.
I got the game in Toys R Us at half price £9.99 and for the amount of fun we have had out of it that was a bargain. The game is by Parker a well known games brand which is a trusted name in the industry and it is for two teams aged 12 or over.
Through the box you can see bendy bob (a puppet who you use to demonstrate your word) and on opening you will find a board, the question cards, team markers, a word marker, pencil and notepad and a timer..
- - How to Play - -
You need at least four people to make two teams as one needs to describe the words\phrases and the other needs to guess the answer. You move forward one square with each correct answer aiming to be the first to get to the end square. I would say the more you have on each team the more fun and gags will get thrown into the mix.
There are four different categorys which you can land on
Category 1 - Classic Taboo. You will recognize if you have ever played the original taboo. This is where you have to get your team-mate to guess the word or phrase on your card without mentioning any part of the word or the taboo words. This may sound easy but trying to describe gig without using the words - band, music, stage, concert or carriage or the word tattie without using the words potato, spud, Scottish, worn or short. A person from the other team is allowed to stand behind you and check your forbidden words. It is a lot harder than it sounds.
Category 2 - Fifteen words. You can only say fifteen words to describe your word and the other team record them. This will of course lead to arguments but that's half the fun of family board games.
Category 3 - Taboo Draw. You have to depict your chosen word\phrase using paper and pencil. This is very difficult for people like me who can't draw anything to look anywhere close to what it is supposed to be. You cannot say anything apart from yes or no in this turn and cannot write words on your drawing. Taking a sample card words in this category on one card are chicken pox, honeymoon, cheese
Category 4 - Bendy Bob. Bob is a purple plush puppet with moveable arms and legs who looks a little like something out of the muppets. You use Bob to act out the word on the card, picking a card up I find such gems as fencing, exhausted, and playing a computer game another is playing the xylophone, slalom skiing and an ejector seat. Again no words can be spoken.
Memory Space - Is a space that occurs randomly throughout the board and a player from that team is given a used card and has to describe it in two words, either team can answer and gain a space.
- - Do we recommend it - -
This is a great game for older members of the family who will have a really good laugh and goes beautifully with a few beers or a couple of bottles of wine. It's also good for kids over about 11 as it increased their vocabulary and gets them thinking. This is one of those games that will come out quite a few times a year within the family or if you have friends over and want a bit of craic.
Just lately, with two small children at home, we haven't been getting out much (ahhh!) so have been doing much more entertaining at home. We often find, when having friends round for the evening, that it's good fun to finish up with a game, which is why we recently acquired The Big Taboo.
I've been aware of the game of Taboo for years and do remember playing it in the past. However, this is a more updated and wider version which encompasses the principles of Taboo (which is basically to describe objects etc without saying the taboo words) along with other skills as well.
The game is made by Parker and is for two teams to play with recommended age of at least twelve. The game comes in a bright colourful box and intriguingly with a strange purple puppet peeping out of a sellophane window! (More about him later!).It comprises of a traditional board, two team tokens, question cards in different categories,a word marker, a notepad and pencil, a timer and Bob (the puppet!).
THE AIM AND HOW TO PLAY
The aim of the game is for the first team to arrive at the finish by successfully giving clues to their teammates in four different categories. These offer a wide variety and call on players to use a variety of different skills - not all of them easy after having had a few drinks!!
The first category which you have to answer if you land on a red square is classic taboo. In this section, you have to give clues to as many words or phrases as possible without either saying the clue word or five taboo words. You also have a member of the opposite team looking over your shoulder to shout loudly if you use a taboo word! This is also where Bob, our lovely purple toy comes into play, because when you hear a taboo word you give him a squeeze and he lets out a squeak! This can cause much hilarity the first few times you hear him!
The second category is Fifteen words for when you land on a green square. This is quite similar to the classic taboo section but with a twist - you are only allowed to utter fifteen words in total - not a good round for people who cannot stop talking! This is where you use the word marker as there is a column of fifteen spaces up one side of the board and the opposite team track your every word!
The third section is Taboo draw - this is very similar to pictionary where, if you land on a yellow space, you have to draw the words on as many cards as possible without saying a word!
Finally, and perhaps the most difficult category is Bendy Bob (yes - it's the puppet again!). Here, if you land on a blue space, Bob really comes into his own as the players have to make Bob act out whatever is on the card - a bit like charades but using a puppet! It is a lot of fun but some of the clues are really very difficult! We had to make Bob act out playing bingo which was absolutely impossible especially as you are not allowed to speak in this round either!
The team that wins is the first team to reach the finish space. In some ways this was a bit of an anti climax as there is nothing special you have to do when you get there. We made up our own rules at this stage and put in a final challenge - for example you could say that the team has to gusee one clue from each of the four categories within the given time limit!
Having said that this game is a lot of fun and one that everyone can join in, adults and teenagers alike! We bought ours for £24.99 from Argos, which is probably about the top end that you would want to play but there are so many cards and clues that you could play it a good many times before coming across the same clues. Also the clue words are quite timeless so you don't feel that in a couple of years it would be out of date!
I would say, if board games are your thing that this is definitely one of the better ones, and has something for everyone in it!