Outfoxed Kids Game Review: Outstanding kids game of memory and deduction

Intro

This is seriously the most fun game I’ve played with our kids in a long time. It’s an incredibly clever game that teaches mad deduction and memory skills. We’ve played it many times with our kids, and it has yet to get old. The replay value is very high as each game is different. It’s almost like a kids version of Clue.

Gameplay Overview

Outfoxed is a cooperative game where each player is a detective working together to catch the sneaky fox who stole a pie. There are 16 suspects placed around the board face down. Each turn, a player may choose to search for a clue (if she lands on a paw print) or reveal suspects. If revealing suspects, she turns over two of the 16 suspects which then exposes certain characteristics of that suspect. Searching for a clue is the fan favorite. You get to place a clue marker into the super cool decoder. It then tells you whether the thief is wearing that particular item like a monocle, an umbrella, a scarf, a bag, and more. If you have enough information to rule out any of the visible suspects, you get rid of them and are that much closer to figuring out who the real culprit is!

Quick Thoughts

The element of luck comes into play when you need to match all three dice to the declared action you plan to take. If you don’t roll well, the fox gets closer to his escape hatch. If he escapes, everyone loses!

This game is great at teaching kids memory and deduction. When we were first teaching our kids, whenever they would expose a new clue, we would say, “Is the thief wearing gloves?” (based on the decoder results), then, “Is Mary wearing gloves?” (based on an exposed suspect), followed up with, “Then can Mary be the thief?” They would answer each question with a yes or no which led them down a basic, three-step deduction sequence. Pretty quickly, we could just say, “Okay, what do you need to do?” And they would either leave the suspect or get rid of the suspect depending on the clue.

There’s a fun game we like to play at parties where each person draws the name of a different person in the room. You then have to remember each “new” name to strategically get three people on your team into the designated winner spots. It is really hard playing consecutive games because you have to wipe your short-term memory clean and start over each game because everyone’s fake names are different. I found that to be the case on a much smaller scale with Outfoxed. For the first portion of a second or third game, our kids would often give clue answers from the previous game because that’s what they had downloaded into their short-term memory bank. However, while this presented a small challenge, challenges are how kids learn and develop, especially when it comes to memory.

Overall, I give Outfoxed a very high 8.5 as a family game that is fun, that teaches skills, that is interactive and cooperative, and that has a very high replay value.

As a very random side note, I like how Gamewright has you choose who goes first. Outfoxed says the person who last ate pie goes first. I’ve seen others that say the person who last played tag or whoever most recently used dental floss. Adults may see this as silly, but kids love it!


Disclaimer: I received this game for free in exchange for my review, but believe me, I post authentic reviews every time and will be brazenly blunt if needs be.

Link to Gamewright Games & Image Source

6 thoughts on “Outfoxed Kids Game Review: Outstanding kids game of memory and deduction

  1. This game sounds like so much fun! Although my kids are almost teenagers, I can see us playing the Outfoxed game during our down time.

  2. This games looks cool, thanks for sharing! Also, that party game sounds like a hoot. I’m trying that out on my family asap.

  3. I’d love this game, it seems enjoyable for most everyone. I’m seriously interested. These aren’t the type of games you typically see but that’s why I like them that much

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