Catch Phrase from Drumond Park - Review and Giveaway

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Catch Phrase is one of those shows that I remember so clearly from my childhood. Guessing along with the contestants on a Sunday evening and watching them being told to 'say what you see' was a lot of fun. When Drumond Park invited us to take a look at their board game version of Catch Phrase I was really intrigued to see how it converted into an 'at home' format and thought it would be great for a weekend away with the extended family.

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Upon opening the Catch Phrase box it seems like there are lots of component parts and that the game is quite complicated. I'd definitely recommend taking time to read the instructions before you start to play. The game set up is very clever, there is no board as such but you get a cardboard grid with squares to uncover the bonus board and a standing Mr Chips to hold the cards for one of the rounds. It's actually very clever and feels completely in keeping with the show.

The instructions for play are quite straightforward. Play is broken down into three rounds and one player is designated as the host and takes charge of the Catch Phrase cards. 

The first round sees players guess cards individually, if they guess their catch phrase correctly they can take a guess of the bonus board. This sees a large card placed inside the cardboard 'bonus board' and the numbers removed one by one in order. Each guesser has 15 seconds to guess the correct phrase, before play passes to the next player. If you guess your card correctly you get £100 (paid in paper money), guess the bonus board correctly and you get £300.

Catch Phrase from Drumond Park board game

In the second round all players take part. The host puts five different cards on to Mr Chips, and all of the players compete to guess first. The winner of each card gets £200.

The final round is Super Catch Phrase. You have a board with six spaces upon it. One-sided cards are laid on each space and turned over one by one. Each card is turned over and players all guess to see who can answer correctly quickest. The first row pays £300, second £400 and third £500. The host is supplied with a special red envelope which will reveal the answer to them only.

Catch Phrase from Drumond Park board game

When all rounds are played the next player becomes the host. The end of the game comes when every player has hosted and winnings have been counted. The winner is the one with the most money. Catch Phrase is suitable for 2-4 players aged 8+.

We thoroughly enjoyed Catch Phrase, especially when we played as two teams instead of individually. We also played a few games where one person hosted and we declared a winner after three rounds. I always like a game that can be adapted for the people who are playing, or the time available, and this is definitely one.

This is a great family board game and is a welcome addition to our games shelf. I can see us playing it a great deal. It would be fab if expansion packs of cards could be purchased as, with any game of this type, there are a limited number of cards so the same people playing will start to recognise the answer after a few games. It completely captures the spirit of the television show and was a highly enjoyable game to play.

Catch Phrase from Drumond Park has an RRP of £19:99 and is available from Amazon and all usual stockists. 

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