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This Cool Mom picks the You’ve been Sentenced! word game

March 8, 2010

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Mir Kamin of Cool Moms insists that she’s not cool, but as the author of one of the most widely-read parenting blogs on the web, Woulda Coulda Shoulda, we think she is. Her review of You’ve been Sentenced! is below. To check out more great picks, visit the Cool Mom Picks gang.

Family game night getting a little stale? Gather round for a whole new game of speed, literacy, and I’d say, hilarity with this dandy little game I’ve found right here for you mamas of older kids.

You’ve Been Sentenced! is deceptively simple; each player draws ten cards, flipping them simultaneously as the timer is set. Before time runs out, build a sentence. Easy, right? Each pentagonal card contains five variations of a word (say, zip, zips, zipped, zippy and zipper) with different point values depending on the form, so theoretically it should be easy to come up with something.

Except that the clock is running out… and you get bonus points for using all of your cards… and the sentence has to make sense. Come scoring time, you have to defend your creation, and the jury gets to vote. My career (okay, maybe more a touch of OCD) demanded that I try to use all the cards every time, and then my cruel, cruel family voted me down over and over. I was wounded. But I was laughing too hard to care. Because maybe Girlish shapes fumbled to dripping glasses smelling both of yucky you makes perfect sense, somewhere.”

Want to learn more about McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds’ award-winning games like You’ve been Sentenced!, Twisted Fish and more? Visit McNeill Designs for game rules, printable score sheets, or even order online!


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