Snake Oil: Elixir
MFG: Out Of The Box Games
#of Players: 3 – 8
Age Range: 10+
Overall Construction: The card quality is normal for a card game & they have the same whimsical snake based artwork. This time the rule sheet is just a hard cardstock sheet that slides behind the tray. The tray seems to borrow bits from each of the other Snake Oil games. Cardboard crosses still prevent the cards from falling out in the box and rattling around. It also uses the slotted but rounded out section for customer cards that is in Party Potion. Lastly, the box is the same kind of cereal box like the one used for Quack-A Doodle Moo!
Gameplay: Game play for this is the same as the other versions of Snake Oil. As a recap, each player is given 6 cards with various words on them. One player will act as the “Customer” by drawing a customer card from the deck. They will then tell the other players what they are and the other players will try to make a product that the “Customer” would want by using 2 of the cards from their hand.
Once they have selected the product for the “Customer” the fun begins. You get to start pitching your item to the customer. Each person has anywhere from 30 Seconds to a few minutes, depending on what is agreed upon to pitch their product. Then the customer decides which product they like. The rules say that after each player has had a turn being the customer that you count up how many customers they won. We found that if we wanted a longer game that we would play until one person satisfied 5 customers that they would win.
Yes/No Recommend: Just like the other versions of Snake Oil this is a game I would recommend for a family game night and for a group of friends who are loud and creative. If you can’t just make up a sales pitch or Infomercial type of pitch then this may not be your type of game. This version has very few cards that are duplicates of the cards in other versions of the game, so if you wanted to you can combine them for a game with a lot of variety. Please enjoy.
A complete list of cards from all 3 sets is on our WordPress page post from June 16,2015
Where To Get It: This version of Snake Oil is very new so the stores may not have it yet. You can ask them to order it or pick up one of the other versions. If you would like to get more information on this or any other Out of the Box game please visit their website at http://www.otb-games.com/games/party-games/snake-oil-elixir/