Thursday, April 1, 2010

You've Been Sentenced! Review and Giveaway

I was so excited to have the opportunity to review these games from 

Simply put: 
It's a word game.  
It's a party game  
(3 or more players...and in my opinion, more the merrier).   
It's really, really fun.
Add alcohol and you'll be shushing your guests to quiet their laughter and threatening bodily harm should they wake your sleeping children.

On Tuesday night I had my sister and brother-in-law over for 
GAME NIGHT to play and review the game.
I personally loved every thing about this games packaging.  The game comes with 5 decks of cards (that's 540 cards) which are a unique pentagon shape, just like the box.  It has a 4 page rule book that is very clear and understandable.  It also offers several variations to game play which I thought was awesome. I also stated several times how cool it was that there are score sheets included(and you can print out more at the games website).  This has become a rarity in board games now a days. It also comes with a pencil and a sand timer.
When playing a round, each player takes 10 cards from the word pool.  On each of the cards are 5 words.  You must choose one word from each card and try to form a grammatically correct sensible sentence using your other cards.  You must use at least two of your cards and if you are lucky enough to use all 10 you may receive a 10 point bonus.
Once every one has selected their sentence the players begin to read theirs aloud(trying hard not to spit out Chicken Wing Dip in the process).
They are able to "defend" their sentence to the jury (the remaining players).

Each player with an accepted sentence scores points for their cards.
Sentences that the jury votes out get a big fat zero points.
(I am ashamed to admit I was the first one to get my sentence voted out...ashamed!)

Along with the main game I also received 5 Add-on decks.
Reader’s Digest National Word Power Challenge, Gourmet Cuisine, Pop Culture, Sci-fi/Fantasy, and Sports Highlights.
We were able to play with the Pop Culture (still trying to figure out what Grok is?) and Gourmet Cuisine.  
These decks opened up even more possible sentences, making the results endless and hilarious.

At the beginning of the night our sentences were guarded as we played safely, trying to be careful, feeling the game out.  Half way through game night (and a few drinks) the sentences were becoming bold and some quite astonishing.  By the end of the night the sentences grew shorter and very entertaining. 

Here are a few of the best sentences from the night:
(click on the images to view them larger)

My personal favorite was:

Martha Stewart ordered guns and Iraq got scared.

You've Been Sentenced has received positive feedback from teachers and students.  This game teaches sentence structure, parts of speech, grammar and oral presentation.  
Most importantly (I think), it teaches creativity.  Not that I'm in a rush for my boys to grow up but it'll be fun playing this game with them in the future.  The game is recommended for ages 8 and up.

Twisted Fish is a more challenging version of Go Fish.  I played it with my husband, my 13 year old niece and 14 year old nephew. We had such a blast.  The illustrations on the cards are funny and kept us laughing through out the entire game while the zinger wild cards kept us on our toes.  Twisted Fish is easy enough for younger children to play alone but it also a fun family game for all ages.

A fridge magnet WITH attitude.
A very cute and light hearted way to remind yourself and others that
"there are chores to be done!".  A quick spin of the wheel and your next chore is selected for you.  Just be careful--you could become overly ambitious and spin the wheel repeatedly like I did.  I kept getting Feed The Pets.  Eventually, I realized it must be the Wheel's way of saying, Take A Break. don't have to tell me that twice!!

McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds    has generously offered an entire set of games that I reviewed to one lucky reader!   
This includes the You’ve Been Sentenced game, all the Add-on packs, the Twisted Fish game and the Wheel of Chore-ture. 
A $78.00 value!

Here are the ways you can enter.

First and foremost a mandatory entry 
(must be completed before other entries are excepted)

Simply leave me a comment telling me:

What games and/or activities do you and your family like to play/do for fun?

Once you have left a comment answering that question you can get extra entries by doing any or ALL of the below.

Please leave a separate comment for EACH thing you do. 

Be a follower or become a follower 
(even if you are a current follower please leave a comment saying "I follow" or if you're new "new follower")

If you are a friend of mine on Facebook - re-post this Giveaway on your wall page.  
(Leave a comment saying "Re-posted giveaway on Facebook)

Refer a friend.  Please make sure they mention YOU sent them in their comment. (2 entries)

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Giveaway ends April 11th at 11:59 EST winner will be selected by and results will be posted on Monday April 12th.

Good Luck!

This review was made possible by Business2Blogger.  

Free product was received from McNeill Designs for the purpose of this review.  No monetary compensation was received.  

The opinions expressed in this review are my own and may differ from yours.


MommyLovesStilettos said...

We play mostly games for younger kids, Candy Land, Chutes & Ladders, Etc :)

Debbie said...

We have an entire closet devoted to games. We love them all - games of chance, skill, cooperative games, you name it!

Melissa said...

We play board games, card games, ping pong ... all kinds of games! I'd love to win these. Thanks for the chance to win!

Melissa said...

I follow! :)

Herself said...

How fun! Stopping buy from SITS! Enjoy the day!

erica said...

whoop whoop.. i'm a follower..

erica said...

we LOVE yahtzee in this house.. any dice or card games.. i'm all about that wheel of choreture.. i think that would go great with the three cups for myleigh.. make it more fun and interesting.. something i think that she'd actually keep on top of..

erica said...

i've shared you on facebook.. lol hope darren doesn't mine.. lmao =)

The Girl Next Door Grows Up said...

I am a follower!

Daisygirl said...

This is seriously an awesome review! I am a sucker for board games! We love Scattergories and my kids are connect four junkies!

Daisygirl said...

I follow you!

Daisygirl said...

I will put up your giveaway on my blog under fabulous stuff!

Don McNeill said...

What a great funny post! Your writing style is ver succint and humorous at the same time. Thank you so much for doing this review!

Kristen said...

Wow, sorry about the slip...been hectic, computer time has been slim...anywho..

Had a fun time that night!! :)

Well, we like to play an intense card game called hand and foot...need to teach you...heehee plus we love hiking.

Kristen said...

Following the rules here...I follow!! :)

Kristen said...

Re-posted giveaway on Facebook

Todd Zastrocky said...

W play candy land, sorry, memory, junior monopoly, and a bunch of other ones I'm forgetting with the kids, Pam and I play Risk, Monopoly, Twilight Movie Game, Wii Active, and a few more LOL

Ian said...

What games? Well the wife and I play truth or dare, spin the bottle, strip poker...oh wait you meant family games?

We play chutes and ladders, candy land and memory with the kid.

Did I win yet?

Matty said...

We love playing games here. Pictionary is our favorite. These games sound like a blast.

Angie said...

We love games too!

Apples to Apples is so much fun! Also love Mad Gab!

Angie said...

I am a follower!

Bobbi said...

I love games. My family (mike and me) love to play card games and invite friends over. It is such a great way to have a wholesome good time.

Bobbi said...

I follow