Vendor: Out of the Box Games
Product: Snake Oil – Party Potion
Age: 8 and up, 6 and up if they can read
About: Out of the Box Games has been making games since 1998. The game we got to review was Snake Oil – Party Potion. This is a game that is for children 8 years old to adult. Though it can really be used for any child that can read or that has someone help them read. It is geared for 3-6 players to play at a time. The term "Snake Oil" came about when Chinese laborers working on the Transcontinental Railroad would rub some ointment on their sore muscles. The ointment w
as supposed to be water snake oil. Eventually the Americans started using it and the claims of that it could help with went crazy. After testing it was found out that there was no actual snake oil in it. So the misleading sales pitches for it birthed the term. This is also is what the game is all about.
The purpose of the game is for someone to pick a customer card and they pretend that are that type of customer, like a doctor or scientist. Then the other players each have 6 cards that have different words. They pick two of the words and make a sales pitch on why the customer would want their product. Who's ever pitch gets picked gets the customer card. At the end of the game the person with the most customer cards wins.
How we used: I played with all of the kids. That way I could help my 6 year old read his cards. Even though he can't read he still enjoyed the game. He was actually very good at coming up with a whole sales pitch for this words. It was a very fun game for us all to play. I enjoyed seeing the kids get fired up over my sale pitches. They actually told me that my ideas were not as fun as the others. But nothing beats having a game that gets your minds moving and being able to enjoy it with the whole family. The kids were so excited to pull this out every day and see what they can come up with. Both positions are so much fun to play that no one complained about who got to play what part. The game goes by pretty easily and quickly. This is great for those that can't keep a long attention span. It also is easy to take breaks from the game and set the customer cards aside to see who is ahead. Though if you want a long game you can always add cards back in and reshuffle. We did this several times because we just couldn't get enough of the game.
I recommend everyone tries out this game and add it to your family game night. If your do not have a family game night then I recommend you start one because family is amazing when you take the time to enjoy it.
Be sure to check out what my other crew members thought of the game as well as the social media links.