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Tapple is a new game where the objective is to name it, tap it and pass it, a fast game that forces players to think fast on the fly. The game consists of the Tapple Wheel and category cards and is for ages 8 and up and 2-8 players can play. First insert two AA batteries that are used for the timer. The category cards have two sides, one side is yellow and red and has two categories per side and the other side is white and blue and also has two categories per side. The difference in the sides is that the white and blue categories are easier and better suited for younger players.
The game starts by picking which category color to use, the red “hand” button is pressed which starts the 10 second timer. The player has 10 seconds to name a word that fits the category from the card and starts with one of the letters on the Tapple wheel. The player presses the letter, names the word, presses the red “hand” to reset the timer for the next player and passes on for their turn. As each player takes a turn the letters are pressed down and can no longer be used, the fewer the letters available to pick a word to start with, the more intense the game gets. We had some categories that were fairly easy such as “Trees or Plants” and then another category was “Items in this room”, which proved to be quite difficult towards the end. There is even a “Player’s Choice” category so the player that is starting the round can name their own category.
The round continues around the group and players are eliminated if the 10 seconds runs out, they name a word that is not in the category or choose a letter that has already been pressed. At the end of the round the one person remaining keeps the category card and once a player has three cards they are the winner.
If there is a tie at the end of a round, the letters are reset and the remaining players must now name two words, using two letters within the 10 seconds. We ran into overtime one time and boy was it rough. If you want to make the game longer you can just change it so that the winner has to collect 4 or 5 category cards for the win.
We all loved this game, even our teenager who can be pretty hard to convince that she needs to sit down and play a board game. Tapple is currently available at specialty retailers nationwide and amazon.com. In addition, the game will be at Toys R Us and Barnes & Noble stores later this fall. Tapple is a game that should be added to your holiday shopping list or go ahead and pick it up and have everyone play when you get together for the holidays. Be sure to check USAopoly on facebook, twitter, Pinterest and YouTube for other game ideas.