My family and I used to play games all the time. The older our kids got, the less Family Game Nights we had (sigh…). Since COVID started, my husband and I have been able to find games that our kids (now young adults) will actually play with us. We’ll still take out games like Candyland (no kidding) and play them, but it’s great to have new games to play.
Pre-COVID my husband and I were visiting family in Pennsylvania, and my cousin broke out a game for all of us to play. I won’t give out the name of the game (but it seemed a bit odd in “mixed company”), but we haven’t laughed that hard in ages. My husband and I (as well as my relatives) were in TEARS laughing so hard.
I wish more families would play actual board or card games. Sadly, too many people rely on video games instead. While I do think video games can be fun, they are pale by comparison to playing an actual, “in real life,” game.
I was sent a game to review that is CRAZY! But by crazy, I mean crazy fun. It’s called Second Thoughts. Not only do my kids enjoy it, but we’ve also had plenty of side-hurting laughs playing it.
Second Thoughts, from the Good Game Company, is a game that requires you to be quick thinking, and it really challenges you to think, which I personally think is great. The older we get, the more we need to challenge our brains. The more we challenge our brains the better for it’s optimum health (Google it, it’s a real thing).
Playing Second Thoughts is easy enough to understand.
Break up into teams (it’s made for 4+ players, ages 8+). Each team gets a word card (for lack of a better description).
Colorful dice are rolled. Each dice has letters on it. When the dice stop rolling, write down the letter that appears in the color corresponding box on the word card.
Next, the sand timers used and each team has to quickly come up with words that use the letters that were rolled. I’ll give you an example. Let’s say the letter “R” was rolled with the yellow dice, and the yellow box is in the second position. That means the word you come up with must have “R” as the second letter (does that make sense?). So you could use a word like “brown” or “eraser” because the letter “R” is the second letter.
Once your team has filled out all five words, stop the timer. You stop it by lying it on it’s side. That way when it’s your opponents turn, they place the sand time back upright, and set it so that they have the same amount of time that your team used.
Next, your game card is given to someone on the opposing team (just ONE person, the other person doesn’t see it). The person on the opposite team has the same amount of time you used to come up with your words, to figure out what words you wrote. The other player is allowed to give clues.
If the other team guesses them all before the time runs out, they score. If they do not, your team scores. The winning team advances on the game board.
I hope I’m explaining the game in a way people understand.
Here is a brief video that might help make it a bit more clear.
Not only does this game help you to think, it also involves a bit of strategy. You and your team mate(s) may want to come up with words as fast as you can, giving your opponents a lot less time to come up with the answers. Or you may opt to take a bit longer to come up with harder words. You can play a different way each time.
It’s amazing how many times we drew blanks on coming up with words. Sometimes it was so easy, and other times I think “old age” set in and we couldn’t come up with a word quick enough.
My husband and I play against my kids (ages 21 and 24). We know more words (bigger vocabulary) then they do (compliments of the age of texting where every word is either abbreviated or an emoji), so we were able to come up with words they have no idea how to provide clues for. How “mean” of us. Ha Ha.
Each round is different because the letters that come up with each roll are different. Plus there are a plethora of words you can choose from.
I like that the dice are a good size. A few times they were rolled off the table, and we found them quickly where as small (regular sized) dice could be harder to find (especially if it rolls under the heating unit).
This is such a creative game. Who ever came up with this game idea, kudos to them. It’s like two games in one in a way. There is the challenge of coming up with the words to match the letters that were rolled, and the challenge of coming up with the words the other team chose before time runs out.
If you are looking for a game for your next game night, or if you want to start up a weekly (or monthly) game night with your family and friends, then check out Second Thoughts. The game is sold exclusively at Target stores and online for $17.99.
*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.