Game nights are a fun time of bonding and laughing together. When Out of the Box Games let us play their Snake Oil – Party Potion for this review, we were excited! But the fun we got out of this game was more than we bargained for!
What It Is
Snake Oil – Potion Party is a physical game for ages 8+. This is for 3-6 players and only takes about 5 minutes to learn how to play. A game can last 20-30 minutes, depending on how you play…
The rules that come with the game are fun and easy to understand. You have your customer cards (who you need to sell the oil to) and you have your word cards that you combine two words together to make your item you want to pitch to your customer.
During your first round, one player gets to be the customer, they pick a card out of the customer pile, and take on the role of that customer. Once the other players have chosen two of the six cards from their pile, they go and pitch their item to the customer as best as they can to get the customer to pick their item over the rest.
The customer picks the “winner” of the round and then you get to move on to the next round with a new customer and a new set of words.
The best part about this game, the option to make a variation if it is needed!
How We Used It
Since we were playing with little ones who were much younger than the recommended age, we did a variation on our end of how we played the game. We kept the main idea of the game, but we had one person designated to be our customer, daddy. Daddy would pick the customer we was going to be for that round, and let us know. We (meaning the kids) would get their cards, and I would help them decide what to make up to sell to the customer.
Little Miss hung out for the first round, where our customer was a dad, ironic, and she was able to sell him a Discipline Bubble…to keep those naughty kids in when they won’t listen.
We had planned on having 3 rounds, which would give each child the chance to win once, but after those three rounds, the boys were begging for more time.
What We Thought
Well, I thought we would have fun, I didn’t realize how much fun we would have. The boys kept begging for another round, and everyone was laughing the entire time. I would never have told my kids that they were learning while we were playing this game. Why would I ruin that for them 🙂
Little Miss was a little too little for this, she did well for one round, and I was happy with that. Since she was way under the recommended age, I wasn’t too worried…however, Ray Ray. He is my little salesperson! I didn’t know how long he would last, but this kid can sell! Who else would try to sell a trumpet trampoline to a clown or a how about a magic bucket to a wizard? He could take any two words and make it work into whatever that customer was after!
Moe Man loved the game, but has a fear of public speaking and thinking fast on his feet. It didn’t matter how easy it was, he would clam up and have a hard time. I loved that he wanted to play and that we could work on the speaking fear as a family and in a fun way.
Out of the Box Games has another, original Snake Oil game also. I can’t wait to read what the other wonderful reviewers have said about both of these games. Why don’t you hop on over and see what everyone is talking about!