Hearing Things – Review

Hearing Things is the new party game from Hasbro, and we’ve had a great time together trying it out for ourselves.

Following on from the amazing success of Pie Face and Speak Out, Hearing Things has a lot to live up to.

Hearing Things is a really simple concept for a game. Put on a pair of headphones and then try to guess what your partner is saying by reading their lips. Apparently the Whisper challenge is a big thing online and YouTube, so the kids were really excited to give the game a try.

The main element of the game is the special speech cancelling electronic headphones. Wearing them made me feel like when contestants go in the booth on Mr and Mrs and have to listen to music whilst their partner answers questions.

It’s not the same as that though, as these headphones are speech cancelling, not music playing or noise cancelling. What you get is a cacophony of different noises which bombard your brain, and make it harder to make out what your partner is saying so you are just reading their lips.

The headphones also have an inbuilt timer, which makes things easier. Press the start button and you get a very quick 60 seconds of gobbledygook with which to take your turn.

The game comes with one pair of the special headphones, and 150 cards with 600 phrases. Each player gets 60 seconds to wear the headphones and watch their partner reading out sentences from the cards. You get to keep the cards you correctly identify and the player with the most cards at the end is the winner.

The phrases on the cards are crazy too, so its not like you can easily guess what your partner is saying. You get things like ‘That jumper is too baggy’, or my favourite ‘Vegans do this carefully’.

Having two boisterous boys they do tend to have loud voices, so sometimes whilst playing we could indeed hear what was being said over the headphone noise, but we just had to tell them to whisper more and not be so loud and then it was fine.

We all had great fun playing this game together, we went in teams kids v parents but I can’t wait to get it out at big family gatherings and have bigger teams play against each other.

It’s definitely earned its place in our regular family game night rotation. Brilliant fun.

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