Sunday, March 28, 2010

McNeill Designs games: You've Been Sentenced! and Twisted Fish {Review & Giveaway} ARV $75

{This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to those who entered!}

When I try to remember what my life was like before I had kids, sometimes I find myself drawing a blank. Was that possibly a different lifetime?

What I do know, however, is that my husband and I used to get together much more often with family and friends for a regular game night. We would hang out, talk, laugh... and hopefully find a game we could all agree on. It had to be interactive, challenging and, of course, a lot of fun. Throw in some educational value and we would have had a hilarious time with You've Been Sentenced! from the creative thinkers at McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds.

Designed for ages 8 and up, You've Been Sentenced! is the type of game that can be played almost immediately after opening the box. Simply pass out 10 of the pentagon-shaped cards to each player and the round begins as they each try to score the most points by constructing the longest, grammatically correct sentence. Sounds like an innovative way to hide some thinking skills behind the laughter, doesn't it?

In fact, You've Been Sentenced! cleverly disguises teaching abilities such as sentence structure, vocabulary, spelling, word comprehension, language, and more on each and every card. Beginning with the base word, the 5 sides show multiple conjugations that make players think about which would be appropriate for their sentence... or at least somewhat make sense. With 540 cards, that adds up to well over 2500 words and an almost infinite number of creative possibilities.

However, the game gets even funnier as sentences are read aloud and other players have the opportunity to object based on the grammar or if the sentence just doesn't work. The defending player and the objecting player then debate their views while the rest of the players vote thumbs up or thumbs down for their opinion on the matter. If you've never tried to defend or explain a completely ridiculous sentence, you don't know just how much fun it can be!

Even though my own children are too young to play You've Been Sentenced! now, I am definitely keeping this game around for them as they get older. I love that it inspires creativity and independent thinking much more than rolling dice or moving a game piece around a board. McNeill Designs even offers 5 different Add-On Decks to tailor You've Been Sentenced! to specific interests or subjects (for example, pop culture or sports).

Whether playing the original You've Been Sentenced! or with the added twist of the Add-On Decks, you're almost guaranteed an evening of fun and laughter. I don't know why my sentence of "odd noisy fish will have weak and mouthy faces before chickening out" didn't make sense to some people, though...

For a game more manageable for slightly younger players that still involves humor and quick-thinking, McNeill Designs also offers their innovative twist on Go Fish with their version, aptly named Twisted Fish.

Taking the traditional rules of Go Fish and including flashy new cards, inventive additions to the rules and Zingers to keep things exciting and fresh, Twisted Fish takes much more thought than just asking if your opponent has any twos. Only when you have compiled a "Full Basket" (complete set) of one of the illustrated fish can you remove them from your hand to gain the points.

Adding in the options to peeks at another player's hand, gain an extra guess or even steal someone's card and Twisted Fish will hold the interest of kids and adults alike. Even though Big Sister E is too young to play by the actual rules, she still thought the brightly decorated cards were a blast to sort and match together.

McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds creates unique, addicting, educational and humorous games for all ages and can easily be adapted for individual needs. Scoring for both games isn't really necessary, and the timer for You've Been Sentenced! can be left out to remove the pressure for younger players. Both games will provide a completely different experience each time they are played, making for a new and unpredictable challenge.

Even better, McNeill Designs uses their success to help charitable causes in the community. They currently donate a portion of the sales of You've Been Sentenced! to Success Won't Wait, Inc, a wonderful non-profit organization that works to fight illiteracy. Each time that McNeill Designs comes out with a new product, they are committed to finding a new way to give back, and that makes enjoying their games even more fun.

Plus, thanks to the generosity of McNeill Designs, one person will have the opportunity to play their inventive set of games, because...

One lucky person will win Twisted Fish, You've Been Sentenced! and all 5 Add-On Decks! ARV $75!


To enter to win: Visit McNeill Designs store locator and tell me a retailer near you that carries these great games.

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A big thank you to McNeill Designs for providing You've Been Sentenced!, its Add-Ons and Twisted Fish for me to review as well as for one lucky giveaway winner. Educational and fun, what a combination! The opinions shared are my own and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

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Susan Fobes said...

My family loves games. Here is the closest store:

Educare Services
1201 S. 20th Street
Harrisburg, PA 17104
(717) 238-6769

Susan Fobes said...

We have two favorites Uno-both my 10 and 7 year old can play, and Would You Rather card game.

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momznite said...

I can buy McNeill Designs Games at: Learning Express of Acton
250 Great Road
Acton, MA 01720

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My family enjoys playing Apples to Apples.

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wrig9945 said...

The Incredible Toy Company in Blowing Rock carries these toys. Nearest retailer for me. Thanks,
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We love to play monopoly.
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goalmom said...

Here is a retailer near me that carries their line:

CM School Supply - Anaheim
1025 E. Orangethorpe Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92801
909-982-9695

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The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

Wow, I've never heard of that! And I don't remember what it's like to go out...alone :)


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malleycc said...

We have a Books A Million at a mall near us.

malleycc said...

My family now likes to play old maid or crazy 8s

Rachel C said...

I can get these at the United Art and Education store near me.
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Darcie K. said...

The closest store is Doll Hospital and Toy Soldier in Berkley.
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My daughter and I love to play Jenga
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Merrie L. said...

Cappy’s
205 West Clinton Road
Elmira, NY 14901

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My family's favorite "family" game is Sorry. lockwoodmerrie@yahoo.com

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moushka said...

There are many retailers in my state, but not one of them is close to me.

moushka said...

Our favorite family game right now is Crazy 8s.

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Tiaragwin said...

Annies in Traverse City is the closest retailer in Michigan to me :)

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Tiaragwin said...

We love to play lots of different games but our favorites are card games like Uno and Skipbo.

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MelissaAggie98 said...

The closest store to my house is:
Blue Willlow Book Shop
14532 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77079
281-497-8675

MelissaAggie98 said...

I entered the Britax giveaway.

Caitlin said...

We've got a place just down the road a couple minutes from us! The board game barrister on KK in Milwaukee WI! Would be lots of fun once my kids are a little older. In the meantime, my nieces and nephews would have fun with them!
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I entered the Fairy gram giveaway.

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My family's favorite game to play is Monopoly!

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Donna said...

The store closest to me is: Learning How- Towson
The Shops at Kenilworth Upper Level
872 Kenilworth Drive
Towson, MD 21204
Only 15 minutes from home....


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Candyland....my granddaughter got it for Christmas (she's 3 years old)

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sharonjo said...

The retailer nearest to me is the Borders store in Rapid City, SD.

Terra H. said...

The closest to me is The Chalkboard in Crest Hill, IL. Thanks.
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sibabe64 said...

Toy Magic
565 Main Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
610-865-7731

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Mysharona said...

Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Cleveland
Legacy Village
Cleveland, OH

Becky M said...

the closest retailer to me is Gnome Games in Green Bay!
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my familys current fav game is Candy Land!
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wigget said...

i can find it at
Tree Top Kids- Bethesda
10219 Old Georgetown Rd.
Bethesda, MD 20814

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we like playing uno

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The Learning Tree carries these near me. debsweeps4@yahoo.com

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Strawberry Kids said...

Our closest location:
University Book & Supply
1009 W. 23rd Street
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
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Our current favorite family game is UNO.

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cstironkat said...

Circle of Knowledge
10980 Sunset Plaza
Sunset Hills, MO 63127
Is near my home.

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Our family likes to play Clue.

sweepmom said...

Bause's Super Drug Store is closest to me.

shellycox said...

Closest to me is:
Designs for Children
4804 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Ft. Worth, TX 76107

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