Anomia: [uh-NO-mee-uh] – Noun – 1) A problem with word finding or recall. 2) Chaos. 3) The game where common knowledge becomes uncommonly fun!
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 a frozen food, or a dog breed; but you’ll find that your brain works a little differently under pressure!
The directions are simple. Draw a card from the one of the two draw piles 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 drawing continues. When both draw piles are gone the game ends. Each player counts the number of cards won in face-offs, and the player with the most cards wins! Sounds simple, right? Wrong!
Wild cards allow unlike symbols to match, increasing the number of things you must pay attention to. Remember—shout out the answer for your opponent’s card, not your own! Cascading face-offs can happen when you hand over a lost card and reveal a new top card on your play pile, which can match someone’s card, revealing another card…! All this adds up to a high-energy, hilarious play experience where everyone is involved at all times. It’s crazy, chaotic fun!
Self-published by inventor Andrew Innes, Anomia hsold over 25,000 copies in its first year, quickly establishing itself as a classic party and family game for all ages. Anomia has won several awards including the Mensa Select Seal, the American Specialty Toy Retailers’ Association’s Best Toy For Kids 2010, National Parenting Center Award and the Major Fun Award.
Easy to learn, fun to play over and over again (games only take 10-20 minutes), Anomia will have any group of 3-6 friends, family, even perfect strangers, shouting and laughing out loud as they try to beat each other to the punch!
“This seemingly simple card game will make you laugh and drive you crazy. Great fun for many ages and group sizes. Play it full speed for teens and adults, or slow it down to include the kids. The simplicity of game play is appealing, yet it’s unlike anything else out there.” – Wired Magazine, GeekDad Gift Guide