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Respond by Jax Games
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Manufacturer: Jax Games  Visit their site
Players: 2 to 6
Game Type: Card Game
Categories: Card Game
Ages: 8 and up
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Pick a category from the cards in your hand and name an item that belongs in that category. With every quick, correct answer, you throw away a card. Be the first player to get rid of all your cards and you win! It's that easy...with a few twists. It's fun... it's's your time to RESPOND!

Our Comments...

This mini-review by Mike Petty originally appeared in our August 3, 2003 newsletter.

Respond is made by Jax, who also produces the very popular game Sequence. When we were looking for something very light and fun a couple weeks ago, my wife and I opened a copy and gave it a try.

The idea behind Respond is that players have to say words that are in different categories. Categories are written on cards players have in their hands and the cards are played as soon as a word is successfully called out from the corresponding category. The twist is that each player must say a word that begins with the last letter that the previous player just called out. For example, if my wife plays an Animal card and says "horse", I have to play a card in my hand and say a word that starts with "E". For example, I could play the Musical Instrument card and say "Electric Guitar".

Each time a player plays a card, he hits a button on the electronic timer that comes with the game. It counts down 20 seconds. A player gets a penalty card when he can't call a word within that amount of time. At first 20 seconds seemed long to me, but I see now that when you're holding three or less cards it can be quite tricky to think of a word. One other rule is that when a yellow card is played, any player can play on it, including the player who just used it. This adds some quick thinking and surprises to the game.

Respond is good for laughs. We played it with two players and four players. The larger group was more fun. Some rules we may institute in the future are:

- No repeats. A word can't be used twice in either the same hand or the same session, as a group decides.

- Whenever a player starts or continues play without the timer (as a result of another player's penalty), he or she can only play a white card. (We found that a player not constrained by the timer can plan his plays too easily and use several cards in a turn if he's allowed to play yellow cards.)

I think it's an excellent family game as long as the children involved will know the first and last letters of words. Sometimes this was tricky for us adults! In summary, there's nothing more to this game than what I've mentioned here, but if it sounds fun to you, you'll likely find it is.

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