We love having a family game night, and I love games that let the kids be creative and use their imaginations. We recently got the chance to play Dixit Journey by Asmodee. When I first saw the game, my initial thought was that it would be like Apples to Apples. It is similar, but I like it much better.
It’s got a bunch of cards with pictures on them, scoring tokens, and a game board. The pictures are of all different things and could easily fit in to tons of different stories.
Here’s the basic instructions for how it’s played:
” To start, each player receives 6 cards.
§ One: One player is the storyteller for the round. The storyteller
gives a clue (word, phrase, song, etc.) for one of his cards and says
it out loud (without showing the card to the other players)
§ Two: All the other players choose one of their own cards that best
fits the storyteller’s clue to his card. The storyteller then
shuffles the chosen cards together and reveals them all at once.
§ Three: All the players then secretly try to guess which card
belongs to the storyteller. When all the votes are in, the scoring
§ Points are scored in relation to the identification of the
storyteller’s card. The players move their icons on the scoring track
based on the number of points they earn each round.
§ Play resumes clockwise and the game ends when the last card has
been drawn. The player with the most points wins!”
The game requires a lot of creativity which I love for the kids, but the thing I like best about the game is the scoring rules. If the storyteller gets everyone to guess his card, he gets no points. If no one guesses his card, he gets no points. So to get points he has to get some of the players to guess. As the storyteller it’s challenging to tell something just general enough that it could fit with other cards, but not so out there than no one guesses your card.
The images on the cards are really well done. They don’t give any definite ideas as to what the story behind the picture is, but they leave LOTS of possibilities open.
And I can think of other fun ways to use the cards. I haven’t tried it yet, but I think it would also be a neat activity to show the kids a card and have them write a little story with that scene or character(s) in it.