Morphology is a board game that combines creativity, teamwork, and imagination. It was created by Christopher Barnard and was first published in 2009 by Morphology Games.
In the game, players work in teams and take turns. The goal is to communicate a word or phrase to your teammates using a variety of materials provided in the game. These materials include small wooden pieces, strings, beads, and cubes. Players can use these items to construct objects, shapes, or scenes that represent the word or phrase they are trying to convey.
The game encourages players to think outside the box and be inventive in their communication strategies. It’s not just about building an exact representation; it’s also about using creativity and abstract thinking to convey the concept effectively.
Morphology can be played with a wide range of age groups, making it suitable for both kids and adults. It promotes teamwork, communication skills, and creative problem-solving.
Our Morphology Game Review
Once a week, sometimes more, we get together as a family and giggle our way through family game night. We play games from Dad and Mom’s childhood (Sorry, Monopoly, Clue, etc.), the kiddos have introduced us to some of their favorites and recently, a new game, Morphology, has become a favorite for EVERYONE!
Morphology is one of the most unique games we’ve come across, and it engages everyone! It uses random items like string, glass beads, cubes of colors and wooden people to create an object from a deck of cards. A game of teamwork, where one person is the Morphologist and makes the magic happen and the other players are the ones guessing what the card says from the creative depiction of master Morphologist.
We divided into teams and picked the Morphologist. Then the fun began as we drew cards from the deck and tried to guess the word being created from the pieces. We moved along the Lily Pads on the board. We groaned when the Morphologist was challenged to create with his eyes closed, with only one hand, with 5 pre-picked items and so much more.
The kiddos all caught on fast to the game, which includes 480 cards, 50 pieces of creative material, a timer, a die and team pieces.
I admit when reading the instructions, I was worried, Li’l Man wouldn’t catch on and understand. It’s recommended for ages thirteen and older. He begged to be the morphologist and while siblings on his team rolled their eyes, it turned out Li’l Man was Champ! He drew the word “ANCHOR.” The timer was set, and with glass beads, he made an anchor in perfect form. To add to the great visual, he used the string and a wooden person to make it look like the anchor was being cast from a boat. The team guessed the word without any issue!
The game is small enough we took it with us over the weekend to a hotel. It was a big hit when the kiddos saw we brought it. The game offers a lot of variety and the more creative the players the more hilarious the game!
Morphology also offers two levels–an easy level, perfect for the kiddos, and a Hard Level, making the couple’s game night a stroke of genius!
Why You’ll Love Morphology for Family Game Night
Morphology can be an excellent game for family night for several reasons:
- Creativity and Imagination: Morphology encourages players to think creatively and use their imaginations to build objects and scenes with the provided materials. It allows family members to express their unique ideas and showcase their artistic abilities. This can lead to enjoyable and imaginative moments during the game.
- Multi-Generational Fun: Morphology is designed to be played by a wide range of age groups, from children to adults. This inclusivity makes it an ideal choice for family game nights, where everyone can participate and have a good time together. It can foster a sense of togetherness and create shared memories across different generations.
- Teamwork and Collaboration: Morphology is played in teams, which promotes cooperation and collaboration among family members. It encourages players to work together, communicate effectively, and strategize to convey words or phrases using the provided materials. This cooperative element can strengthen family bonds and improve communication skills.
- Unpredictable and Hilarious Moments: Given the open-ended nature of Morphology, unexpected and humorous situations can arise during gameplay. Watching family members creatively interpret and construct objects can lead to laughter and entertaining moments. It’s these unpredictable moments that make the game enjoyable and memorable.
- Educational Value: Morphology not only provides entertainment but also offers educational benefits. It enhances vocabulary, problem-solving skills, spatial reasoning, and abstract thinking. Children can learn new words and concepts while engaging in a fun and interactive activity with their family.
Overall, Morphology’s combination of creativity, teamwork, inclusivity, and fun makes it a great choice for family game nights. It brings people together, encourages imaginative thinking, and creates an enjoyable and memorable experience for everyone involved.
*I received Morphology in order to facilitate an honest review. The opinions, where expressed, are my own and were in no way influenced by the sponsor. Others experience may vary.