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This week for family game night we decided to give our creative minds a workout. We played a really fun game called Story Bowl that had us thinking, acting, and creating all night. Story Bowl made a great family game night game featuring fun three-word stories that we had to guess and act out.
Story Bowl is a fun creative game. You will use story prompts from the cards to make a three-word story. Then you will take turns with your team trying to guess everyone’s stories. There are several different rounds and ways to play so they really keep you on your toes trying to guess the stories. You will be explaining clues, acting them out, using only one word, or even telling them like ghost stories.
In the box you will find:
1 Deck of Story Prompts
2 Instruction cards
2 Score Cards
Who Would Enjoy This Game:
Story Bowl is designed for the entire family. It doesn’t really have an age limit set but your child will need to be able to read and write well to be able to play. We played with my 8-year-old and she did fine with it. So I would say ages 8 and up. You will need at least 4 players because you need to make teams. It would be fun with a large group as well because you would have more guessing. Would be a great party game. If you like charades or guessing games then you will love this.
Is It Fun:
Yes, we had a blast with it. The stories are funny, it’s really fun to see what people come up with. The guessing part of it is really funny as well. We had a lot of laughs at what we guessed based on the clues. The charades round was probably our favorite though, it’s so hard to get people to guess the right thing when you can’t talk.
To set up the game you will simply shuffle the cards and then take the top 18 cards. Pass out the cards among the players (it’s ok if a player has more than another player). You will also need 18 small pieces of paper, pass those out so each player has the same number of papers as they have cards. Put a small cup or bowl in the middle of the table to put the papers in once completed. You will also need pens to write with and a timer. Each player will look at their card and use the prompt to come up with a three-word clue. For example, if it says “what you ate for lunch yesterday” you might write Peanut Butter Jelly. Write the three words on a sheet of paper and put it in the bowl. Once everyone has all their clues added to the bowl you are ready to divide into teams. Put the cards aside you won’t need them again. Each team gets a scorecard and you are ready to start. *A tip when writing your clues, use three clue words so eliminate words like a, the, and.
The gameplay is pretty easy. You will take turns on the teams giving the clues each round. We played with 4 players so we had one clue giver and one guesser but if you have bigger teams everyone can try to guess on the team. You will play at least three rounds. The first round you will explain the clues using words, you can say whatever you want to get them to guess the three words but you can’t use any words on the paper. As long as they say all three words it counts, even if not in order. When you get one correct set it aside for your team, don’t add it back to the bowl. You get 60 seconds for guessing to try to get as many as you can. Keep playing taking turns between the teams until all of the clues have been guessed. Mark your score for your team. We didn’t use the scorecards, we just wrote it down and gave one point per clue. For round two you will do the same except this time you can’t speak you must act it out like charades. You use the same clues though so throw them all back in the bowl and start over. For round three (same clues) you can only use one word to get them to guess. Since you use the same clues it gets easier to guess after you see them all but the clue giving gets more difficult with each round.
They also have instructions for bonus rounds like tell the clues under a blanket like a ghost, or repeat the same word like a broken record. Once you have completed all of your rounds add up your score from each round for your total round. The team with the highest score wins.
No, we didn’t really have any concerns. Just be mindful of age. Your kiddos will need to be able to write and read well to be able to play and enjoy it.
Where Can You Find It:
Story Bowl was nice enough to sponsor a giveaway for our readers. One winner will win a Story Bowl game. Entrants must be 18 or older and US resident to be eligible to win. Entries will be accepted until 10/31/17.
*Disclaimer: This giveaway is sponsored by Story Bowl. If for some reason the sponsor fails to send the prize or is unable to Parenting In Progress is not responsible for supplying the prize or the value of the prize to the winner.
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