Anomia plays off the fact that our minds are positively brimming with all sorts of random information; things to eat, pop songs, websites, etc. Sure, under normal circumstances, it's easy enough to give an example of frozen food, or a dog breed, but you will find that your brain works a little differently under pressure!
The directions are simple. Draw a card from the center pile and flip it over. Does the symbol on your card match one on another player's card? If so, you must quickly face off with the other player by giving an example of the person, place, or thing on their card before they can do the same for yours.
If you blurt a correct answer out first, you win their card and the drawing continues. Sounds simple, right? Wrong, Wild cards allow unlike symbols to match, increasing the number of things you must pay attention to. Cascading face-offs can occur when you hand over a lost card revealing a new top card on your play pile. All this adds up to a high-energy, hilarious play experience where everyone is involved at all times. Easy to learn, fun to play over and over again, Anomia will have any group of friends, family, even perfect strangers, shouting and laughing out loud as they try to beat each other to the punch.
This game has been entertaining for everyone in our family, from a 10-year-old to a 70-year-old. It's very easy to learn and can be pretty quick to play, making it a pleasant before or after dinner game, and it often leads to loud eruptions of laughter. I'd highly recommend it for anyone looking for something with Uno-like speed but a focus on words.
Thank you for your review Jennifer. It is great to hear you and your family are enjoying the game. We are glad to be able to deliver some fun to you all!