Identity Crisis

I love playing games with a big group of friends. The problem is that I rarely get together with a big group of friends these days. About six or eight years ago, when Amanda was an only child, and my friends all had only young children, it was easier. In fact, our Sunday School class had a game night one Friday a month.

But now–between school and sports stuff, church activities, and just craving downtime as a family after we’ve each had a busy week, we just don’t get together with friends that often. But when I was asked to take a look at the Identity Crisis Game, the gamelover that still holds out hope that those good times will return, said yes. I haven’t actually been able to play it with a group, but I’ve looked it over, and can use my expertise and past experience to evaluate its merits.

Identity Crisis is a game that was invented by a mom. She also was one of the creators of Balderdash. This game mixes a little bit of Outburst, with 20 Questions, with Trivial Pursuit. It’s a two-team game, perfect for medium-sized or large groups. The goal is to get your team to guess the name of the person who you are describing. But because there are two rounds that are played with the same names, even those who might be a little bit clueless about the identities can score big on the second round, which relies on quick recall — not necessarily personal knowledge.

Find out more at their website. You can look at the rules, the cute packaging, and even play a fun online version where you can “test your i-clue.”

Although I haven’t played it yet, I do have a plan to try it out for real (I posted a review HERE after I did play it).

The one time that we have been able to get together to play games with friends over the last few years is New Year’s Eve. This year we have two couples (and their seven children) coming over to ring in the new year this year, as in many years past. Everyone brings something delicious to eat, which results in my favorite kind of dinner — that kind of heavy hors d’oerves spread that we can snack on all night (I also shared some of the delicious recipes we ate that night).

I’m not sure what else we will play, but the Identity Crisis Game is definitely on the agenda!

We do have some to give away, but if you have a great game-playing opportunity coming up — Christmas, New Year’s Eve or some other time — don’t wait to see if you won. Buy it today. You can find it online at amazon and other retailers as well as at Border’s Bookstores and other places that sell games, for the retail price of $24.99 (or less).

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  1. says

    We love game night at our house. The whole family pitches in with preparing snacks and setting up. We have a whole closest designated for our games and each take turns choosing the one we play. I would love to add a new one to our collection.

  2. says

    I love playing them at parties, holidays, anytime really. But, one of my best game playing memory was in the airport with about 20 of my closest friends. We all went to a Christian conference and were waiting to go home, so we played while waiting for our plane. So fun!

  3. karen c. says

    We love playing games and are always looking for new ones (we don’t have this one yet). We invite friends over all the time, usually one other couple who also has a kid (or two). We let the kids hang out for a little bit, then we put our son to bed in his room and our friends put their kids to sleep in our guest room, leaving the adults to hang out all night playing games. :)

  4. says

    I love learning new games. We try to invite other couples over to our house every month or so. After the kids are in bed or with sitters. Just grown ups. So nice!

  5. Shelley K says

    I LOVE board games. I hope that they will be coming back!! Families can TRULY have SO much fun together, don’t you think??

    tskrush (at) cox (dot) net

  6. Celeste says

    I love playing games with my hubby’s family when my sister-in-law and her husband are in town and all three siblings (and us spouses!) are together. We’re all around the same age, so it makes for a good time.

  7. says

    Looks like a fun game! I love playing games on game night with family or friends. I get your newsletter, subscribe and have your button.

  8. says

    I wish we would have more game nights! I love catchphrase! I would love to win this one to have a game night with friends! need something new and fun! i subscribe and all that good stuff!

  9. says

    since hubby works late hours, we really don’t have much playtime. however, when my little toddler becomes a little bit bigger, i plan to assign one day of the work to be our playtime.

    enter me please. this could be a nice something to have for the future.

  10. says

    My husband and I host a game night once a month with all of our friends and we loving playing board games / card games when we get everyone together. This game looks like a lot of fun – I’ve been wanting to check it out!

  11. says

    My favorite time is on the holidays, that’s really the only time we get together with big groups of people. I love games though and I like to play them any chance I get. I’d love to try this one!

  12. says

    About the only time a group of us play games is at our church’s adult Valentine’s Day party. It’s a lot of fun! You really get to know people better by playing those games. Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. says

    Our family plays games all the time! We love it!!! Our BIG game day is usually Christmas Eve/Christmas Day, after everyone’s done opening gifts, we clear the table from breakfast and the day of ames begins…we play to the wee hours of the night!!! It’s a blast! My family is so competitive it’s hilarious! We’d make a great reality show! 😉 I’d LOVE to win the games!!

  14. Lucy K says

    When the family is together for the holidays we love to play Trivial Pursuit but we add drinking to it. It’s alot of fun. Thanks!

  15. Erica says

    Anytime the family gets together for a holiday it’s game time. Every New Year’s Eve my mother-in-law holds a huge game tournament night with prizes and food. And we often have people over to our house for dessert and games after the kids are in bed. We LOVE games!

  16. says

    My husband’s side of the family is crazy for games. I just love it! We’ll be together the week after Christmas, and we’ll play lots of games for sure! I’d love to take this one along!

  17. Amanda says

    All of our friends try to get together at least once a month for game night and this would make a great addition!! THank you for the chance.

  18. says

    We have a big, blended family; so we play a lot of games. Any time we play a game it’s a group game! We are the kid hangout house too; so have anywhere from 6 (of our own) to 12 kids around every weekend.

    New blood , I mean games, are GREAT!

  19. says

    We have date night every Friday night and we LOVE to play games with other couples. With two kids it’s fun to have adult time when the kiddos are sleeping. Our favorite games are Cranium for fun nights and Acquire for more strategic nights. We have a closet full of different games and would LOVE to try this one out!

  20. judy brittle says

    We love playing group games whenever we have a birthday party for someone. This game looks really fun! Thank you!

  21. says

    Games are so much fun! We love playing group games when our families are together, no matter the occasion. Our most favorite is Scattergories and then UNO. They are a blast and this game sounds like so much fun too!

  22. Andria says

    We have random game nights with our friends from church. We love cribbage and catch phrase. My hubby and I play cards a few times a week. Thanks for the chance!

  23. Marla says

    This would be a great addition to the gmae library my fiance and I are putting together for our scheduled “family nights.” Thank you for the entry.

  24. says

    I love to play games when my family gets together for holidays or vacation. I have such fond memories of game playing, they are some of my favorite times. The laughter is a good workout!

  25. Tami E says

    I love playing games – mainly the older ones. One of the ones that our family likes to play is Sequence; another is Scattergories, although I’m not very good at that one.

  26. Michelle says

    We try to play some kind of game every weekend. Our favorites are Pictionary and Trivial Pursuit for Kids. This sounds like a whole lot of fun.

  27. Jess B. says

    I love getting together with the girls to play games. We leave the kids at home with their dad’s & enjoy great food & good company while we play games.

  28. Anne says

    We love to play games on a few occassions, especially after Christmas Dinner, when all is cleaned up and we are all together as a family! Playing in the living room of my parent’s house, with the tree lit up and a fire going is always one of the most joyous times of the holiday!


  29. Vicky H. says

    Favorite time to play group games would be any time I get together with my friends. We tend to play them during the little parties we have. Matter of fact, we played Apples to Apples at our Christmas party last night.

  30. Beth says

    One of our favorite game traditions is that every year, during our church VBS, we would take 1 evening & get all the volunteers together to hang out & play games. We had worked so hard for many months to plan & organize everything & this was our little “treat” for all the hard work.

    Thanks for the opportunity,

  31. Jenn S. says

    Around the holidays is usually when we play a lot of games. Its so much fun when the whole family gets involved and plays.

  32. Clifton Wade says

    My wonderful but disabled wife of more than 38 years just LOVES to play games with the children and the grandchildren. Thank you for this great contest and prize!

  33. Alissa G. says

    Apples to Apples is always a lot of fun, but we also play the Five Crowns card game when we want a little calmer game 😉

  34. Alissa G. says

    Oops, forgot to specify – we play whenever any part of our family gets together, and it’s always best then :) I love my friends, but game nights are more fun with family.

  35. Shelley K says

    I realized that I didn’t answer YOUR question and I HATE that on contests :( so my favorite time to play board games–ANYTIME…ha ha!! Really…anytime I can get one or two people together…it’s like…wanna play scrabble?? (EVIL laughter following..)

  36. says

    We play Taboo a lot with our family. We also play Apples to Apples with the kids. We used to play Outburst, but it ended up in a leaning tower of storage that eventually collapsed, and some of the pieces went missing…sigh.

  37. Sandra S says

    I love to play games over the holidays. It is the time when everyone has some free time and no homework. Thanks for the chance to win!

  38. Amy says

    My favourite time would have to be when visiting my brother’s family its really fun, even my husband has fun and he’s not into games!

  39. Christine Kasnick says

    We play all sorts of games like Life, Dominoes, card games, Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit and others. We always play some sort of game when we have friends over. It’s a great way to talk with your friends and have fun at the same time. Great giveaway!

  40. says

    I love to play scattergories but I have family members who hate when we play because it’s quiet and everyone is thinking and all you here is a buzzing timer.

  41. sito says

    We usually play group games when the weather is lousy. We gather at someone’s house with snacks and choose sides and play and drink wine.

  42. says

    We like to play group games when the family gets together on holidays and sometimes we’ll have friends over for a game night.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  43. Brenda Park says

    My favorite time to play group games is on weekends or holidays. There’s no homework, no rushing around, etc. We play family games early in the evening on Saturdays, and after the kids are in bed we play more adult games. It is getting hard to find time to invite friends over to play now though. Thanks for the chance to win this game, it looks great!

  44. Brooke says

    I love to play games with my husband and stepdaughter after the little kids are asleep. It can be especially fun if she has any friends over.

  45. Kelly L says

    We play group games with our extended on holidays and birthdays. Our immediate family plays at least one night a week after dinner/before bedtime. Thanks!

  46. bina edwards says

    facebooked you and signed up for newsletter

    when the power goes out, we pull out monopoly lol
    and in the last 30 days, the powers gone out 3 times

  47. flared0ne says

    I remember a marathon games session back in the winter of (was it ’68?) when we were visiting relatives and got snowed in with three families in one double-wide trailer — for two weeks… We played ~more~ Canasta, Cribbage, etc, etc, etc…

    I’d have to say “snowed in” ranks right up there with “power outage” for “well, what are we going to do NOW?”

  48. Jean D. says

    We’ve spent many weekends with friends at their lake house. We play Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble, and Scattergories. “Identity Crisis” would fit in nicely.


  49. Renee G says

    We love to play games any time our entire family gets together– Birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, etc.



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