Party Game
2-10 Players
About 30 Minutes
Game Schooler Recommendation

Tapple is one of those rare unicorn games that fits just as well at a party as it does in a K-12 classroom. In this game, players must think fast to stay in the game. Tapple tests mental responsiveness, flexes vocabulary, and requires verbal communication in a streamlined approach that works for young and older gamers alike.

Game Overview

Each round in Tapple, one player draws a topic card, then starts the timer. In the next ten seconds, that player must give a single word answer that fits within the topic, press down the letter key in a special electronic device that corresponds to the first letter of that word, and restart the timer. The next player must then think of a word for the topic that starts with a different letter, press down that starting letter, and restart the timer. If a player runs out of time, she's out for the round. If only one player remains in a round, she collects the topic card. If players manage to press down all of the letters before knocking all but one player out of a round, the players reset the device, draw a new topic card, then start the timer again, this time having to give two answers for the topic – each starting with a different letter – within the allotted time. Whoever collects the most topic cards wins!

  • Responsiveness Responsiveness
    Rewards a player’s physical or mental reaction time.
  • Resilience Resilience
    Teaches players how to quickly recover from and cope with difficulties.
  • Concentration Concentration
    Encourages a player to focus their attention or efforts on a task.
  • Listening Listening
    Requires a player to hear things with thoughtful attention and consideration.
Game Details
  • Type: Family Game
  • Category: Party Game
  • Designer(s): Uncredited
  • Published: 2012
  • Game Length: About 30 Minutes
  • Players: 2-10 Players
  • 2014 Mensa Recommended
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