I’m a fan of kid-friendly party games that require quick thinking and allows a lot of geeky customization. That’s exactly what Educational Insights’ Sculptapalooza offers!
I was provided Sculptapalooza free of charge by the manufacturer for review. The opinions are my own.
Sculpting games aren’t anything new. Most of us have likely played them with Play-Doh. However, the unique thing about Sculptapalooza is that it takes Educational Insights’ PlayFoam and creates a game around how the small fluffy beads function as a fun, sculpting compound. I even found myself squishing a bit of PlayFoam in my hand and listening to the noise it made (while reading a book) because it just felt good.
Scultapalooza is recommended for ages 10 and up. But younger kids are more than welcome to play, because this party game can be customized a lot. The game itself is separated into different types of sculpting rounds. Each round is determined by rolling a die. The die is numbered from 1-5 and also has a lightning bolt for the Lightning Rounds.
The sculpting rounds are:
- Straight Up Sculpt: You have to sculpt the word you get from a Challenge Card.
- Put it on your Face: You are to sculpt something which you’ll then proceed to put on your face or the rest of your body. You are allowed to add expressions. Using the PlayFoam as a prop isn’t allowed.
- Just Close your Eyes: As the name states, close your eyes and sculpt! This can be very tough when racing against the timer. It’s so much fun!
- PlayFoam Props: You can sculpt a prop.
- Sculptor’s Choice: You can select any of the above categories.
- Tag Team Lightning Rounds: You get 60-seconds to sculpt as much as you want. The team that’s able to guess the most clues get the points.
Understanding the game is easy. You divide into teams. The first team rolls the die. The number facing up determines the sculpting category. A player from the team picks up a Challenge Card and sculpts as the timer runs. If your team guesses right, they get a point. You aren’t allowed to speak or sculpt full words. Think of it as charades but with PlayFoam. There’s a scorecard you can use to keep track of team points. A full round of Sculptapalooza involves getting 20 points to win.
The things you get in a single package are:
- Singe-colored PlayFoam
- A sculpting mat
- 200 Challenge Cards
- 20 Blank Challenge Cards for custom clues
- A scorecard
- One timer
You also get a little pack containing team avatars. There’s a mustache, a flying saucer, a banana, a cactus, a fish, a guitar, and the Loch Ness Monster.
Players will be asked to sculpt different things during gameplay. Some examples include alien spaceships, dinosaurs, and more. However, as I’ve mentioned, the awesome thing about Sculptapalooza is that you can make this game your own. You can go ahead and sculpt geeky things (Superman’s logo, a Batmobile, etc.) or even make it a bit more adult if kids aren’t around. It’s all up to you and the people you’re playing with.
If you’ve been looking for a new party game, Sculptapalooza (currently available) might be just what you need.
Have you played with PlayFoam before? Let us know.
Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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