Game night is a hallowed tradition in our family. I know it seems weirdly old fashioned in a world full of screen mania, but we prefer an evening of unplugged board games with an ever-evolving cast of family and friends, plus a decadent spread of fun foods and drinks.
Utter Nonsense: Family Edition is one of my favorite games to come along in a while. And trust me, we have basically every board game known to man, including many that are no longer being made.
What makes it so fun is its Apples-to-Apples-like simplicity. The key is really what the players bring to the game. The concept is easy to grasp: this is a card game where players combine silly voices with ridiculous phrases for hilarious results.
Utter Nonsense started out as a Kickstarter-funded adult party game. Adult players loved it so much they clamored for a family-friendly version, and the creators listened. This edition is suggested for players 8 and up, so kids will be able to read the cards, but I think even younger kids could play it with a little help.
The game contains 50 Accent Cards and 450 Phrase Cards which players combine and act out. You don’t have to be good at accents and the combinations don’t need to make sense. Players are encouraged to improvise and make the phrases their own because the best performance wins the round.
The phrases are purely silly, such as “In cashew were wondering, my family is nuts,” and “I almost stopped believin’, but then Journey showed up and the accents are fun and sometimes unexpected- from Pirate to Hula Hooping. In case you get bored with the included options, there are also cards that let players make up their own.
This is the kind of game that just gets more fun with the more people you have playing. I predict much laughter in your future with this game in your arsenal.
Utter Nonsense: Family Edition is sold exclusively at Target stores and online and retails for $24.99
I have received samples to facilitate my review, but all opinions are my own.