Dobble/Spot it Review
Dobble/Spot It Game Review
This is a very special review for us, because the game we are reviewing is genuinely our favourite party game!
The game is called Dobble in the UK & Europe, and Spot It! in North America. Don’t ask us why the game has different names in each region – because it’s essentially the same game, but is sold by different companies on each side of the Atlantic.
We first played this game at a dinner party of non game players we were hosting. Having heard such good things about it we were keen to try it out. And we were NOT disappointed…! A relatively sedate, if boozy, evening was suddenly transformed into a wild frenzy of frantic animated social interaction. The crowd we had in were not initially keen to play a game – they could not be bothered/weren’t interested, but within 10-20 seconds of beginning to play every person was completely immersed!
The game is remarkably simple, and very quick to learn how to play (after all, not everyone is willing to engage with with lengthy rules in this day and age!). In it’s simplest form, Dobble is a game of fast observation and reaction…to potentially vastly undersell the game, it could be compared to a kind of hugely souped up/high octane version of ‘Snap’.
There are 5 mini-games included/detailed in the (brief) instructions, with all of them being based around matching a symbol/image from one card with the same symbol/image on another card in some shape or form. That sounds very straightforward/not that exhilarating, but the magic is in the images/symbols themselves. Some very clever design work has created visually attractive images, and a matrix of cards that very cleverly means that in each round/format of the game, at least one card always matches somehow.
WHO IS THE GAME FOR? As mentioned above, we’ve played Dobble/Spot It! with the classic dinner party crowd, but we’ve also played with children of varying ages. The interesting thing about the game is that the simplicity of the format allows for a comparatively young entry point – we played with kids as young as 6, who could play on the same terms as adults.
The game box highlights a game suitable for 6 years+, and for 2-8 players. The more people playing, the greater the bedlam – we played with 8 people several times and it was 100% raucous chaos!
There are also other versions of the game available including a Kids edition.
THE TOY VERDICT – this is a really very good party game. As inclusive a catchall appeal of a game as you will find anywhere. If you’re looking for in depth more pensive or more strategic games, this isn’t the one. But if you want simple crazy party fun with incredible repeat play value, then Dobble / Spot It! is highly recommended!