Anomia is a brilliant word skill game in which players flip over cards which contain categories and symbols. When two symbols match, the players battle for their cards by naming an example from the other player’s card. The categories are fun and range from challenging (“palindromes”) to quite easy (“vegetables”)…but when racing against your opponent, you’ll be surprised how difficult remembering the names of those objects can be!
Anomia is one of our staff favorites, especially at headquarters, because it’s a group game that anyone can play, regardless of their skill level, the rounds go quickly, it’s high-energy, and lots of fun to see how people get into its fast-paced rhythms.
Two more aspects that really make the game entertaining and fun:
1) Cascades: If there is not a symbol match, players continue to draw cards and build up piles. When a symbol match appears, the two players battle for their cards as usual. However, when their top cards are removed, a new battle can be engaged, so everyone needs to be on their toes and be ready to find examples for the other category.
2) Wild Cards: Wild Cards contain 2 different symbols, but when they are in play, those two different symbols must battle for their cards as well. Wild Cards are in play until replaced by new wild cards, so there are multiple combinations of symbols that can result in a battle.
Anomia rewards speed, language comprehension, and word skills. It’s great for groups of 3 or more people,the small deck makes it ideal for travel, and once you play you’ll realize why it’s our marketing director Hallie’s favorite.