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Slap It! Review


Quick Look: Slap It!

Designer: Kane Klenko
Artist: Lina Cossette
Publisher: Renegade Game Studios
Year Published: 2019
No. of Players: 2-8
Ages: 6+
Playing Time: 5-10 minutes

From the publisher:

A portal to another dimension has opened, and monsters are pouring out. What do you do when you encounter a monster? Slap it!

In Slap It!, players race to be the first to slap the correct monster, but that's not always as easy as it seems. With new monsters coming out of the portal, and the dice changing the rules, you need to stay on your toes and be lightning fast — and if you see a monster coming, slap it!

The player with the dice rolls them within view of all players. The dice will refer to one of the face-up cards on the table. The first person to slap the correct card takes it, and a new card is turned face-up from the deck to replace it. The dice are then passed to the next player in clockwise order, and the same process is repeated.

When only two monster cards remain on the table, the game ends. Players count up the monster cards that they have taken, and the player with the most cards wins. In the event of a tie, the tied player with the single highest monster card wins.

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This copy of Slap It! was provided to me by the publisher for the purposes of this review, but the opinions here are my own.

Review:

Overview and Theme:

Slap It! is a lighthearted, fast-paced, roll-and-slap game with adorable monsters and a pair of chunky dice. The bright blue cylindrical box stands out on any shelf and the game play is both family- and kid-friendly.

In Slap It!, monsters are appearing from a portal, and your job is to slap them as quickly as possible to capture them. But you have to slap the correct monster as indicated by a roll of the dice, so it's full of think-on-your-feet calculations and slap-happy hilarity.


Components and Setup:

The game comes in a friendly blue cylindrical box with a toothy monster grinning at your from your game shelf. The box is adorable, but admittedly a little hard to store.

The game components include a two-sided portal tile, 20 numbered monster cards, two chunky dice, and an instruction book.

To prepare to play, all you need to do is place the portal (either side up) in the middle of the table and deal six monster cards face up around it. If you need an easier game, deal four monsters, and for a tougher challenge, deal eight.


Game Play and Mechanics:

Slap It! is easy to teach and quick to start. Players take turns rolling the dice, and everyone takes a look at the die roll to figure out which monster to slap!

First, look at the monster die to find the starting monster:
  • the smallest blue monster
  • the smallest red monster
  • the smallest monster of either color
  • the largest blue monster
  • the largest red monster
  • the largest monster of either color

Remember that a monster's size corresponds to the number on the card, so the 7 monster is definitely larger than the 6 monster, even if your suspicious tablemates aren't so sure based on the illustrations!

Next, look at the direction die to figure out how far to move:
  • one space in the direction of the white arrow (on the portal)
  • two spaces in the direction of the white arrow
  • one space in the direction of the purple arrow
  • two spaces in the direction of the purple arrow
  • don't move if there's an equal sign

Now, what monster is indicated by both of the dice? See it? Slap It!

You can't move your hand once you've slapped one monster, so you'd better hope that your lightning-quick calculations were correct. The first player to slap the correct monster takes that card into their points pile. Each monster card will be worth one point at the end of the game. (Numbers on the monsters will only be used to break ties.)

Replace that card with a new one, and pass the dice to the next player. Roll, count, slap, repeat until only two monster cards remain on the table. Now the game is over; count up the cards you won, and the player with the most cards wins!


If you find that some players are faster than others, there's even a rule included to level the playing field. Any number of players (all of you, or just the fastest or the fastest few) can be required to slap each of their earned cards first before slapping the monster indicated by the dice. As one of the frequently fastest players, I can attest that this frantic slap-slap-slap-slap-slapping only gets the table laughing louder and the adrenaline pumping higher! It's a clever way to even out the skill level in the game while still feeling like it's a part of the experience.

The Good:

Slap It! is very approachable. It's easy to learn, simple to explain, and quick to start.

The monster cards are glossy and adorably illustrated by Lina Cossette. Everyone will find a favorite monster! The chunky dice, thick portal card, and cylindrical box are nice, too.

Gameplay is quick and inviting, and there are included options to make the game fun for a group with mixed skill levels.



The Bad:

It's light, and that's not every group's cup of tea. Also, the cylindrical box, while beloved by my 12-year-old daughter and super cute on my game shelf right now, is going to be hard to store, and nest into a shelf, in the long term. It might be nice to have a choice of packaging, or for the box to come with a travel pouch so you could take the game on outings without having to carry the whole cylinder.



Players Who Like:

Slap It! may be a good fit for groups who enjoy speedy card games such as Dutch Blitz or Spit. The charming monsters also make it a hit with families and kids.



Final Thoughts:

I'm a sucker for speed games, the color blue, and darling illustrations, so I was immediately drawn to Slap It! Thankfully, my family is sweetly indulgent (especially when slowing me down with the extra-slaps rule) and will continue to play this one with me long after the review is written.



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Alexa Chaplin- Reviewer

My name is Alexa: I'm a life-long game player and homeschooling mom to two awesome kids. I've loved board games since my early days playing Scrabble and Gin Rummy with my grandmother, and life only got more interesting when I married a Battletech enthusiast and fellow game lover. We've played games with our kids since they were small, and I helped start a thriving homeschool co-op where we have weekly sessions of board games with kids.  In a family with kids raised on Catan and Pandemic, life is sure to be fun! You may run into me on Twitter, BoardGameGeek, and other social media as MamaGames. Be sure to say hi!

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Slap It! Review Slap It! Review Reviewed by MamaGames - Alexa C. on February 19, 2019 Rating: 5

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