I love the idea of Hedbanz, such a simple concept but LOTS of fun. The kids found it uproariously funny that they could see each other’s cards but the person wearing it could not, cue much hilarity when cards such as ‘chicken‘ and ‘cow‘ were selected.
Hedbanz is a game for 2-6 players and is recommended for ages 7 years +. I also recommend waiting until your loquacious two year old is in bed before you start playing, as otherwise you’ll find you have to change your card a few times after she has proudly informed you that you are, in fact, a banana.
To play, you set up all of the cards in the middle of where you are playing. Each player puts on a headband and is given one card, face down. Without looking, you must put the card in to your headband so that everyone (except you, so no cheating!) can see the picture, and each player is also dealt three blue chips.
The youngest player goes first, you flip the timer and take turns asking each of the other players a question that will help you figure out what is on your card. Once you have asked all the other players a question, you begin a new round. There are some ‘question cards’ to use as inspiration if you get stuck for what to ask. You can use any question except “What am I?” but at any time you may ask “Am I a…?“. If you guess your picture before the timer runs out, you then take another card and put it in your headband (no peeping!) and continue asking questions until the timer does run out. For each picture you guess correctly, you bank one of your chips, and then it moves on to the next player’s turn. To win the game, you need to be the first player to bank all of your chips.
It’s a great game and we really enjoyed playing it, but after a while we did alter the rules to suit ourselves and make it a little more straightforward, doing away with the chips & timer and just taking it in turns to ask questions, so that the first person to guess their card was the winner. To be honest, you could play it either way and it is still a very enjoyable game. It’s ideal for a family game night to suit both the younger ones and grown ups, I can definitely see it being a firm favourite in the Mama Owl household.
Hedbanz will soon be available to buy from Toys R Us.