Sunday, October 9, 2011


Publisher: Morphology Games

Game Design: Kate Ryan Reiling

Players: 4+

Age Recommended: 13+

Morphology Rules:

Morphology is a game that is kin to Pictionary and Lego Creationary. Imagine Pictionary...except instead of a pencil you have various random bits and pieces and instead of drawing you are building things.

Another thing that makes Morphology stand apart is the game play variation.
  • On some turns, you may have 60 seconds to have your team guess what you are trying to convey.
  • On some turns, you may be limited by only being able to use a certain number of bits and pieces (as chosen by an opposing team).
  • On some turns, you may have to convey a term all while having your eyes closed.
Here are some creation pictures from the Morphology facebook page:




There are easy words and hard words listed on cards, a great addition when playing with a group of multi-aged participants. The game is listed as 13+, but I with a little patience (sometimes, my 1st grader had to team up with me), and by letting my 1st and 4th graders choose the word they wanted from the card (easy or hard) and by sometimes explaining what the word was, we were able to play AND all enjoy ourselves.

I am a firm believer that it is OK to introduce games that might me a little above your child's level. While you don't want them to be frustrated (that defeats the purpose of having fun), the challenge can be a great building opportunity if you are willing to take the time to make it so. My 1st grader couldn't play this game by himself, but was able to play along with us and feel just as part of the team as the rest of us.

Worried that your little one may not be able to express some of the abstract ideas like “loud”? Fret not, a Morphology Jr. is in the works (see the interview below)!

Another thing that Morphology does is engage all of the teams for the whole of the game play because you may get a chance to steal. If they don't guess correctly in 60 seconds, your team can confer for a few seconds to come up with a guess (think Family Feud) you had better pay attention.

Looking for a party game? Looking for a party game that everyone will have fun playing? Morphology should be on your list.

One Zillion Games had the opportunity to ask a few questions of Morphology creator Kate Ryan Reiling:

  1. What is Morphology's backstory/origin?  In 2002 during a Minnesota snowstorm, I wanted to play a game with a few friends.  We wanted to do something more creative than what we had available, so we combined wooden blocks from Jenga and glass beads from Pente, opened a Spanish-English dictionary and built words.  I remember watching my friend build 'corn' (maize in spanish) and thinking, wow, this is awesome.  From there, I asked my friends over and over to come and demo different versions of the game.  I never set out to design a game but people would always ask to buy a copy of the game or borrow the demo units I had to play with their friends.
  2. What has been the hardest part of jumping into the game creating business?   That's a good question-I think just riding the highs and lows, trying to figure out how to continue to reach as many people as we can so they can have fun and be creative with their family and friends is both invigorating and exhausting.  
  3. What has been the most rewarding part?  I love the idea that this game brings people together, builds memories and allows people to be creative. Feedback from people who play it and tell me things like "Its the first game I've played with my kids where I feel like we're both being challenged" or "my son has aspergers and its a game that our family can play together because we can focus on the creative not the competitive"
  4. What do we have to look forward to from Morphology Games?  More lifesize events!  We're working on a kids' game to be released in 2012 which we're really excited about!

Want to win a copy of Morphology? Morphology Games gives away a copy every month through their facebook page.  Enter by guessing at their daily morphs.

OZG Kids' score: 9

OZG Grown-up score: 10 points

One Zillion Games was provided with a review copy of Morphology from Morphology Games. The fact that a sample copy was provided, in no way influences our opinions of the game.

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