Show & Tile Review

Show & Tile - Jellybean James
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Game title: Show & Tile

Game description: Show & Tile is a party game for 3-6 players, suitable for all ages! Each player takes two sets of tangram tiles, picks a word, and starts building. At the end of 90 seconds, put your tiles down and try to guess everyone’s words! Can’t draw? No problem! Tangrams have been around for centuries, and can be used to construct anything you can imagine!

Overall
4.5
  • Play (Mechanics)
  • Presentation (Art/Quality)
  • Plan (Rules)

Summary

A great party game needs an obvious hook, minimal rules overhead, and memorable, laughable moments. Show & Tile easily checks off every one of those boxes. The hook: Pictionary, but with Tangrams.

Pros

Extremely quick learning time

As challenging as each player wants it to be

Allows for creative play

Cons

Potential to be frustrating for some players

Repeated words across cards may limit replayability

Full Show & Tile Review

A great party game needs an obvious hook, minimal rules overhead, and memorable, laughable moments. Show & Tile easily checks off every one of those boxes. The hook: Pictionary, but with Tangrams.

Learning the game is extremely intuitive for anyone who’s played any party game. The entire rules section of the single-fold rulebook fits within a single page – ideal for a party game! Each round, each player is dealt cards with a few different choices of a word they’ll have to craft. (Some words are worth an extra point if guessed, but are extra tricky.) After everyone’s chosen, the players have 90 seconds to simultaneously use their tiles – cardboard squares, trapezoids, and triangles of various sizes, double sided with different colors on each side – to craft some artwork, trying to make their word as guessable as possible.

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A great creation of a boat? Or maybe a lousy cactus.

After the 90 seconds is up – which is always barely enough time – everyone writes their best guess for each other player’s word. You don’t get any hints beyond their creation – it’s not multiple choice, no extra clues anywhere. Players get 2 points if anyone guesses their word, and 1 point for every correct guess they make. Play 5 rounds, and the highest score wins.

Players learning the game tend to flip-flop between it seeming very easy to seeming impossible. It doesn’t take long for players to feel the challenge of designing a picture with no curves and without even the benefit of enough squares for pixel art. But soon enough everyone figures out ways to use the shapes and their two colors to their benefit, picking their words strategically. Some players like to branch out into layering pieces on top of each other, using some pieces as arrows pointing to part of their picture, or even on rare occasion crafting their picture out of the negative space surrounded by tiles!

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The creations don’t have to be complex to be effective.

Show & Tile provides players ample opportunities to show off their impressive skills, and allows for moments of “That was supposed to be an elephant?!” and “How did you possibly get that was a robot?!” Its easy accessibility, quick playtime, and allowance for creativity mean it should be a go-to party game for the long run.

A copy of Show & Tile was provided for free by Jellybean Games.

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