Similio is a new take on deductive reasoning games.
Similio operated a little like a new age version of Guess Who?, albeit with a little more modern sophistication and replayability.
Like Guess Who?, you can play Similio with your kids and teach them all the same lessons, but you’ll find you’ll have an equal amount of -if not more- fun when you play with your friends as well.
In Similio, a purely cooperative game, you begin with one player choosing a card from a randomised selection. This card will be a person, such as Isaac Newton, or Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. This is the card that the other players need to find.
The player who made the selection then shuffles the cards and deals them face-up to the rest of the players- it’s important to note that player cannot speak!
Over the course of several rounds, the player who knows the card the rest of the players are trying to find will draw cards from the remaining deck, and use them to help illustrate to the players the card they are trying to find.
They will do this in one of two ways- they’ll place the card and either say that the card is similar or not similar to the card the players are trying to find.
So, for example, if the card the players are trying to find is The Big Bad Wolf (from the folktale Little Red Riding Hood), then I could place the ‘Cinderalla’ card, and say she is not similar. Likewise, I could place the ‘Captain Hook’ card, and say he is similar (in that both Captain Hook and The Big Bad Wolf are villains).
Each round, the rest of the players discuss exactly how they interpret the ‘similar’ or ‘not similar’ options, and will eliminate cards from the table, slowly narrowing down (hopefully!) to the card they need to find.
There are two different versions of Similio –‘Fables’ and ‘History’. Fables is a collection of characters from fairy tales and folk stories, and will be best for younger audiences, particularly those familiar with Disney movies.
History does require a little bit more knowledge, but each card also has a small one-line explanation of who the character is, which helps those (like myself!) who may not have heard of some historical figures (or, indeed, the Mangiafuoco from Pinocchio).
If, like me, you enjoy a bit of a challenge, and want to ramp up the deductive reasoning, you can also shuffle together both versions of Similio to make things really interesting. Doing your best to draw similarities between Joan of Arc and The Little Mermaid always makes for some interesting table discussion!
Similio plays fast, so over the course of a half hour each player in your group of four will get an opportunity to play each role in the game, and indeed learn the difficulty of selecting cards to demonstrate similarity!
New versions of Similio are in the works, and coming soon!
In the meantime, Similio is available to order from your local Good Games store!