Game of the Week: ‘Anomia Party Edition’

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Anomia Party Edition Card Game

We believe that few things are as enjoyable as sitting around the living room floor, playing a game with your family. Each week, in the ‘Game of the Week’ column, GeekDad will suggest a fun, family-friendly game everyone can enjoy while spending time with each other. Here’s this week’s pick:

Anomia Party Edition


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Anomia is a quick-thinking game of pattern recognition and word nerdery. Players flip over a card with a shape and a category on it. When the top card in a pile matches another player’s top card, each person has to think of something that fits the other person’s category. The winner takes the other player’s card, and the next card down on the loser’s discard pile is now their top card. It’s easy when you’re sitting at your computer reading GeekDad to think of, say, a Dr. Seuss book, but in the heat of the game, anomia can strike even the sharpest players. Adding to the chaos are Wild Cards that allow two cards with different symbols to be matches.

Anomia is a big hit in our house, but, with the Standard deck, it’s easy to memorize an answer for a category rather than come up with one on the spot, and some of the more specific categories usually result in the same answer every time we play (e.g. Astronaut = Neil Armstrong). Since the winner is the first person to finish saying the word, the more clever players will even start to memorize very short words for categories. We’ve implemented the House Rule that says you can’t use the same answer for more than one question, which helps a little. If someone says “Obama” for “Politician,” you can’t use him again if “Famous Leader” comes up. The Party Edition includes six new decks, effectively tripling the play time compared to the original game.

Anomia Party Edition

recommended by: Randy Slavey

  • Players: 3-6
  • Game Length: Approx. 25 minutes per round
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 10-15
  • GeekDad recommended age: Anyone who can read, but a greater vocabulary is an advantage


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