Under the Radar Gem: Spotcha!

From Best Sellers to Featured New Arrivals to Marbles Originals, there are so many great games to choose from. But sometimes a product doesn’t get as much attention as we think it deserves. This post attempts to redress that wrong, and is the third in a series highlighting an “Under-the-Radar Gem” that we know you’ll love!

Today’s Gem:  Spotcha!

Spotcha! is a fun, fast-paced game that rewards attention to detail and lightning-fast visual perception skills, but there’s also memory challenges brought into play as well as eye-hand coordination. Its unique design and concept really make it stand out from other games that challenge these skills. This also makes the game rather versatile, as a family group activity or hipster party starter, anyone who plays the game will have fun and get into it. Here’s the basic setup:

 

Oddball Objects

Objects and Flags

Objects, Flags, and Cards Used in Spotcha

Spotcha comes with 18 oddball objects that range from a hammerhead shark to a long-haired guitarist to a miniature bust of Beethoven to a cute slug wearing a saddle. There are also 4 colored “flags”, which look like plump exclamation marks, as well as 2 other flags, “0” and “3”. Take these 6 flags and set them up in a centralized space on the playing table, so that they’re in easy reach of all players. I like to arrange them in a semi-circle, but it’s not required. Shuffle the deck of cards and place them next to the flag setup. Now it’s time to play: scoop up those 18 silly figurines, shake them up like you’re rolling a large unwieldy collection of dice, and drop them onto the playing table.  You’ll want to spread the objects out a little so that they’re not touching, but be careful how each object is situated, because that is a detail that comes into play very soon.

Next, take the top card from the draw pile and turn it over: there will be four images on the card, showing 4 objects in a specific position. The goal for each round is to find on the table what is pictured on the card, but it must be an exact match. As if that wasn’t tricky enough, instinct would tell you that you scoop up the object you see on the card—but that’s a no no. In addition to the position of the object, pay attention to the color of the background on the card—because that corresponds to the flag you’ll want to grab. The first player who correctly identifies the background color of an object match and grabs that flag wins the round and scores the points! But wait! There’s more! Remember those 2 other flags? They might come into play as well.

 

Zero and Three

Let’s say that 3 of the images on the card in play all have matches on the table. Each individual colored flag will score, but the sharp-eyed player who notices this coincidence will want to be the first to grab the “3” flag. Conversely, if none of the images on the card match what’s been “rolled” on the table, the “0” flag is the only one that counts. As you can tell, speed is important, but accuracy more so.  If you pick up an incorrect flag, points are deducted. Extra points can also be scored by noticing specific combinations of objects, and shouting out the Crazy Combo phrase.

Tip of the Iceberg

Here I’ve come nearly to the end of my word limit and I’ve barely scratched the surface of how this game is played, how to score, how to win (be the first player to reach 25 points) and all sorts of variations that can tweak the game and make it more or less challenging, based on who’s playing and their skill level. Needless to say, Spotcha is a game that grows on you, but its charms are many and it is a blast for groups or boisterous family game nights. When we first started to carry the game, it didn’t exactly fly off of the shelf. Once we featured it on our main demo table, and people got a sense of how it worked, it was a big success! Enjoy Spotcha Today.

Spotcha!: http://www.marblesthebrainstore.com/spotcha

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