One of the most popular board games ever is the classic game of Scrabble in which players create words. It is both fun and educational. In the same vein, You’ve been Sentenced has players creating sentences. Also fun and educational, but can be much funnier.
How to Play
Suggested to ages 8 and up, You’ve been Sentenced is a great game for tweens, teens and parents. The game comes with 540 pentagon shaped cards containing conjugations of funny words, famous names, familiar places, wild cards and more. Players are dealt ten cards each, and each card has a choice of five words, so you actually have fifty words to build a sentence with. Each person must read their sentence outloud and justify that it is a legitimate sentence. This is where the fun begins.
To personalize the deck to your family’s interests, add-on decks are available. My favorite, of course, is the pop culture add-on deck. Some of the words from this deck are bell bottoms, American Idol, rap, mohawk, walkman, Wii and googled. Other add-on decks include Sports, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Gourmet Cuisine and the soon to be launched NASA Space Terminology Deck. This deck was produced in conjunction with NASA’s Education Department.
A product of McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds, You’ve Been Sentenced has won numerous awards and accolades from gaming, parenting and educational communities. Still a relatively new game, I think it has the potential to become a classic. If Scrabble can do it, why not You’ve been Sentenced?
A portion of each retail sale of You’ve been Sentenced! goes to fight illiteracy in the USA through the not-for-profit organization Success Won’t Wait, Inc. Founded in 2002, the organization’s mission is to encourage reading, particularly by children. For more information about Success Won’t Wait and its literacy programs, please visit www.successwontwait.org.
Full Disclosure: I was given a free game to review.
See also: 10 Games for Teens from Toy Fair 2011