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Discussion in 'THE AIGBURTH ARMS' started by Sarah, Jun 1, 2017.
Then what do they call fries ????
none of your business
That's a strange name for them
I bet they call fries, wedges, and they call wedges, potato Terry's chocolate orange slices.
Shut the hell up
I bet when they tell people to shut the hell up they say 'shut your godamn mouth'
Hey @Cloud - you know that awkward moment when you edit your post to try to make it "funny" but nobody laughs? I mean we don't have this problem, but you know what I mean right? Tragic.
It's a sausage that's been rolled in breadcrumbs and dunked in the frier.
Yes, I was being insulting, because normal, non cockney, people call them sausages or battered sausages
To me it looks like Cloud is having a row with himself. Looks funny.
Oooch... I think I just got spanked....
Ah cos you blocked Neil, of course. I don't blame you. Not much fun to read what a boneheaded potential rapist has to say.
My spanking is a thing of beauty kitty
To start a game of Catch Phrase players select one of the many double-sided discs with a ton of words on it to put in the Catch Phrase hand-held contraption. Then players sit alternating team members so the contraption can be easily handed to the next player (other team). A player presses the timer and begins.
In turn, players view the word through the little window slit and get their team to guess the word. Then they slap the side – which will advance the disc inside to the next word – and pass it to the next player on the other team. Meanwhile the loud timer is beeping away and begins to sound more frantically as it gets closer to buzzing. Once it goes off, the team that isn’t currently holding the contraption gets a point.
And while that may sound pretty dry, it’s a ton of fun. Because of the buzzer, players get really flustered as it starts beeping faster and faster – at which point the clue giving gets harried and often ridiculous with a lot of laughs.
So fun but with a drawback
It helps to have an even number of people to easily split into 2 teams, but that’s usually not a problem. What we have found to be a problem though is the viewing area where the words appear. Even though everyone has a great time, the long pause while a player tries to read the words can cause problems at times.
If you’re familiar with the original version of Catch Phrase you’ll know what we’re talking about. Whenever we have older people in the group, they struggle to see the words through the little area. And sometimes even the younger folks are taken back when trying to decipher a word.
First of all, the words are printed in small type to fit a lot of words on each disc. And second, and more difficult, is the viewing area itself. The plastic window is like a little magnifying glass to enlarge the words from their small type – which is a good move. But players often have to look at just the right angle to see the words.
But now that’s changed!
We recently got the new Scrabble Catch Phrase from Hasbro and are super glad that we did.
Gone are the paper discs full of words the cycle through. And gone is the tiny viewing window. But what isn’t gone is the fun.
Catch Phrase is still a fantastic game and we really like it in it’s new digital form.
Now, instead of discs to choose from, players get to select different categories. At the start of a game, players cycle through the category options of Fun & Games, The World, Variety, Entertainment, and Everyday Life. Once that’s selected, simply hit the ‘Go/Stop’ button and you’re off and running.
Words will pop up on the screen and, just like in the original, players have to get their teammates to guess the word or phrase. Once their teammates guess it correctly, the player presses the “Next” button and passes it to the other team. All the while the timer continues it’s loud ticking to let you know that you’re running against the clock. The faster the ticking gets, the more frantic everyone becomes. Since the timer is random every time, you never know how long you’ve got before it buzzes. There’s nothing quite like holding a ticking time bomb in your hand.
The game even keeps score for you!
Once the buzzer goes off, it’s time to tally the point. But with the new Catch Phrase, there isn’t any need for a separate paper and pencil to keep score because the device keeps score for you. Simply press the button of “Team 1” or “Team 2” for whichever team scored the point. Once a team reaches 7 points, the game’s over.
Of course, I should probably say the ‘Round is over’ instead of the ‘Game is over’ because we’ll never stop playing at just 7 points. At that point we’re just getting warmed up. With over 1,500 words and phrases, we’re sure we could play for a very long time.
You can also change categories in the middle of a round if you’d like. If one team is way out in the lead while playing words from the Entertainment category, before you start the timer to Go again, simply press the “Category” button and select something different. It will still keep the score where you’re at and keep going to 7 points.
Very compact and tactile
For a game that’s all about passing a device from one player to another in a rapid (frantic) manner, it’s got to be very durable. And the new Catch Phrase is definitely durable. But in addition to that, it also has a great tactile feel to it. And now since all the words are stored in the device, it doesn’t even need a box.