This week’s Backpack pick is Snake Oil: Party Potion from Out of the Box Publishing, Inc.
Now you can take “The World’s Best Party Game” on the go with the Party Potion edition of Snake Oil. This is a free-standing expansion to the original Snake Oil game. The game is for 3-6 players and plays in about a half an hour.
The package comes with a 3 compartment tray, 112 word cards and 14 double-sided customer cards. This gives the option for 28 different customers.
The object of the game is to use your selling skills to persuade the customer to buy your item. Game setup is super easy. Remove the tray from the box. Take all of the word cards and shuffle them into a pile on the table. Deal 6 word cards to each player. Choose one player to be the customer; that player draws a customer card, chooses which side to play and places it on the table. For example, one customer card has Astronaut on one side and Wizard on the other. That’s it! You are ready to play.
For the sake of this review, let’s assume you are the customer and you chose to be the Astronaut. All of the other players then look at their hand of 6 word cards and have about 30 seconds to combine 2 word cards in their hand into a good or service that would appeal to you. Once that time has passed, each player, starting with the player to the left of the customer lays down their 2 cards and has to give a sales pitch and explain why you should buy their product or service. So if you were the Astronaut and I came up with “Nightmare Uniform” saying that you can create your own entertainment in space while watching members of your crew struggle in their sleep with lots of bad dreams. You can require other crew members in your spaceship to wear this “special” uniform when they are sleeping. When they doze off, the nightmares come and cause them to have all sorts of crazy sleeptime experiences. All the while you watch as they have these bad dreams……..would you buy it? Maybe……..maybe not. But other players are trying to sell you their item or service too. After all of the players have given their pitch, you select which product or service you would buy. The player whose item you purchase gets the customer card and becomes the next customer. All the played cards go into a discard pile in the tray and everyone draws their hand back up to 6 cards. This play repeats until all players get to be the customer once.
I have reviewed the Original Snake Oil game ( http://goo.gl/IXxqpv ) and yes this the world’s best party game. Compared to the original Snake Oil, this game is even more family friendly than the original Snake Oil Game. The game is very entertaining, has a ton of replayability too. The main benefit of this game is the development of speaking skills as well as improvisation. The Party Potion edition is compact and can be taken on the go whereas the original the original game is a larger box that takes up more space to bring along somewhere. All of the cards in the Party Potion edition are new so they can be combined with the original game, or enjoyed purely as a stand-alone. The happy little snake on the customer cards is quite entertaining with the artistic talent of John Kovalic and Patricia Hayes Kaufman. The card backs look great as I love the lime green border on the cards. There is a special variant rule in this edition to play Snake Oil Live! making more like a game show to be played in larger groups. This makes the game perfect for classroom activities in school as well as sales team meetings. The game is great for families, teens, and college students. With a quick playing time and a compact package, this game is perfect for a group that is on the go. Families can gather around the table and have lots of fun with this creative game. One note as in the rules there is a link for using Snake Oil as part of an educational format: http://www.otb-games.com/games/party-games/snake-oil/ This game is sure to liven any gathering of friends and certainly will offer some creative spark in coming up with items and selling them. #backpackpick