McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds Games {Review and giveaway}


imageMcNeill Designs thinks it is important for children (and adults to have fun while they are learning.  With that idea in mind, they have developed You’ve Been Sentenced.
Each player gets 10 cards to come up with silly, funny and laugh-out-loud sentences.  The deck of cards has 540 pentagon shaped cards with over 2500 words making billions of possible combinations of silliness.

Not only do you make silly and fun sentences, but your fellow players act as a jury.  They get to vote on whether or not they think the sentence makes sense and is allowed to score.  The words are all ranked with different points, too.  So some sentences are worth a lot more points than others.

you've been sentenced
In addition to the 540 cards in the game, there are also 5 add on packs of cards: Sports Highlights, Sci-Fi Fantasy, Gourmet Cuisine, Pop Culture and Word Power Challenge.  The addition of these decks make the possibilities for the game endless.

Since my kiddos aren’t quite to the reading age, yet, we put it to the test when my sister visited.  Now, I can see how this game could get rowdy even with adults (especially with the addition of some wine or other adult beverages).  Just look at the example sentence my sister made and some of the word options that are in the decks.  We had a fun time questioning ourselves and our sentence making abilities, too.

image Twisted Fish was a little more of challenge for us.  Maybe we were tired after playing You’ve Been Sentenced, but the rules just weren’t meshing with our tired brains.  It’s a twist on “Go Fish” where you can switch cards, switch hands and more.   I would like to see a sort of color coded cheat-sheet or something to go with this to summarize the directions as they need to be consulted often.
Overall, I’m all for any games that make learning fun, and these definitely did.  I think they would make a great addition to any home with kids and adults.

Buy it: You’ve Been Sentenced and Twisted Fish can be purchased at Amazon for $22.75 and $7.99, respectively.

Win It: McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds would like to give one (1) lucky Really, Are You Serious? reader You’ve Been Sentenced with the 5 add on card packs as well as the Twisted Fish Game.

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My opinions are my honest, and thoughtful views and were not influenced by any source. I was not compensated monetarily for this giveaway.  Thank you to McNeill Designs for providing the sample.

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Timestamp: 2010-04-15 01:30:16 UTC

18. The Bookworm said…
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  1. they have a game called wheel of chore-ture, although i cant really say it looks like a game my kid would like to play lol

  2. They are in the process of making the game, Sentence Me!


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  6. I would like the Wheel of Chore-ture.

  7. The Readers Digest add on pack would be fun
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  8. I found out they are sold nearby at a Trendy Teacher store.

  9. I learned that You've Been Sentenced" will now go online and into classrooms with the help of Technology Based Learning and Research and Arizona Technology Enterprises.

  10. Wheel of chore-ture! Cute game. amber_gwynne at hotmail dot com

  11. I learned that they are working on a teen version of "You've Been Sentenced" called "Sentence Me!" which has hip-hop lingo and popular terms.

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  16. They also have Wheel of Chore-ture which is so funny! Thanks for the chance to win. mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

  17. I learned that they are out of this game because of all positive reviews. We've seen these games in the store. Our family loves to play games. I'd love to win. Thanks.

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