Have you ever noticed that some people can use their gift of gab to persuade just about anyone on just about anything? If you have watched Westerns, the snake oil salesman was able to promise the world in a single bottle. If you can sell ice to an Eskimo, it is time to test your skills in the game, Snake Oil by Out of the Box games.
Snake Oil, It Cures what Ails Ya, by Out of the Box Games, is a party game that encourages players to use their creativity and persuasion. The rules of the game are to get the customer to purchase the pitched product.
One players draws a card and becomes the Customer. Other players select two Word Cards from their hand (6 cards total). These word cards are used to create a product to pitch the customer. Each player tries to persuade the Customer that his product is the best. The Customer’s favorite product is awarded the Customer Card. The player with the most Customer Cards wins.
In premise, this game might seem easy to the boastful and confident type. The big consideration is how to make your product right for the particular customer. Each Customer Card reflects a type of person. Customers include hunter, nurse, coach potato and even zombie. If you had the word cards – stick and foot- your argument to persuade a nurse is totally different than a zombie (one could be a medical device and the other would be dinner). The purpose of this game is to be creative with your product and present a sound argument why your product is best.
Snake Oil is a great game for families because it focuses on thinking outside of the box. Pure knowledge of facts doesn’t make one player better than another; nor is simple luck king. This game makes everyone get out of his comfort zone and play with concepts.
While this game is intended as a board game, it could be easily translated to a travel game for families. Since there is no board required, one person could throw out customers while the other players create the products. The silliness and laughs can make hours feel like minutes.
Snake Oil from Out of the Box Games can be purchased at a variety of retailers and online at the company’s website. It retails for $19.99. For other Out of the Box Games, please visit the company’s website, Twitter and Facebook accounts.
If your family is ailing from a little laughter and creativity, break out Snake Oil for an instant remedy.