I love board games! Since having a son, I’ve started to come more and more a homebody, opting to spend nights in during the week. Lucky for me, I have a niche of friends, and family, who love a good game night too. We are always looking for something different than our normal games of Mexican Train and Left, Center, Right. I was thrilled to learn about Calliope Games and their family-friendly selection.
Calliope Games generously sent me one of their games Got ’Em!™ Got ‘Em! is a simple strategy game that contains one game board, but each side is a different game. There is one side with colored squares, which is used for Bright Got ’Em! The side with white squares is used for Brainy Got ’Em! For this review, we played the Bright Got ‘Em! side. You can have up to four players and the game is intended for ages 8 and up. The object is to place walls around the game board trapping your opponents pawns. Last pawn standing wins! Now I love strategy games, but hate the ones that take hours on end and tons of focus to win. Got ‘Em! is so much fun. It challenges the mind, but it won’t take hours to win. Often the game would go by so fast that we were able to play round after round! Brainy Got ‘Em! is purely strategic and does not involve the cards.
To begin, each player receives 3 cards which they can view, but should keep hidden from opponents. You can choose which card of the three you would like to play. The color of the card corresponds with what box you can place your wall on. Follow the instructions on the card. Further instructions on the card will indicate how many spaces you can move your pawn, if you can move through walls, or if you can remove a wall. Your pawn cannot move through a wall unless the card indicates so. After your move, draw a new card. The game moves onto the next player!
Continue the game, with each player taking turns, until a pawn is trapped. If your pawn is trapped in a square with walls on all four sides, you are out. The game continues till all pawns are out, minus one. The player with the last pawn standing wins! In the picture below, you will see that I (Red) have already trapped Green and am getting ready to trap Blue.
We had a lot of fun playing this game! I actually won the first three games and was worried my opponents wouldn’t want to play anymore. However, they were having so much fun, we kept on going. The game can go by quick. Usually around a half hour, or slightly more. We especially loved how straight forward the game is without a bunch of complicated rules. If you are looking for a new fun game for the whole family, check out Got ‘Em!
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Buy It: You can purchase Got ‘Em on Amazon, or you can find a local retailer near you!
Quick video demonstrating how to play Bright Got ‘Em!
I received complimentary product(s) to facilitate this review from the sponsoring company. This is 100% my own honest opinion. No one has influenced me otherwise and I was in no way compensated financially. This review is solely based on my own experience with this product.
This board game looks awesome! Hayley would love it!
Melissa Lawler says
Looks like a lot of fun!
kat j says
Looks and sounds like a fun and interesting game :)
I haven’t played a board game in so long!!! :) This looks like a fun one though. Thank you for the review.
Diva Locks says
Looks like loads of fun, I love board games and so do my kids! Thanks for sharing
Danielle S. says
I am one who is always looking for new board games that look interesting, and this one is one that I would really like to get. I loved the video, too. You really made a great explanation on how to play.
Myrah - Coupon Mamacita says
My family has Friday board game nights! It is such a great way to spend quality time together!
Alisha Kostiuk says
This looks like an awesome game showed the video and the rest of the family thinks so to.
i love game night in! this game looks like fun! i will have to check it out!
sharon martin says
I could do with playing a new type of board game, thanks for introducing me to a new one !!
Thanks for the review..I’m always looking for new games to add to our game night!
Still Dating My Spouse
This sounds like such a fun game!! We ♥ our family game nights, we’ll def have to try this one. Thanks for sharing and have a great day :)
Shawna Elkins says
Great review. Looking forward to win my daughter gets old enough to lay games with me! :)
Emma Kesner says
Sounds like a very fun and thought-provoking game! Thanks so much. :)