Games bring people together and test their cognitive skills in fun and interesting ways. For those who enjoy playing with clay and molds, a new game called “Dohdles” will likely provide hours of fun. Dohdles requires players to craft shapes out of clay and challenges other players to figure out what the shape is supposed to be. Although it might seem like a game best suited got sculptors, the rules clearly state that the most successful players are those who can craft things that are imperfect since those are the kinds of sculptures which are harder to figure out. However, if something is so badly sculpted that it is not recognizable then you will lose points; get goal is to find a medium between too good and god awful.
Create a Dohdle by sculpting the approximate shape of an object or living thing — or of a part of an object or living thing — with the modeling clay. You don’t have to be a skilled sculptor or artist. In fact, you should actually form your Dohdle in such a way that your opponents cannot immediately recognize what it is supposed to represent. Even if you’re all clumsy when it comes to sculpting, you’ll be able to make a Dohdle that has the shape of a hotdog, a ball, a mailbox… anything! According to the official product description:
You receive points during the game if you guess the exact word that your opponent’s Dohdle represents. You also receive points if the solution to your Dohdle is neither too easy nor too difficult for your opponents to identify — ideally solved after four rounds of guessing. During your turn, you can alternately ask two yes-or-no questions or ask for a letter of the word to be revealed to help identify another player’s Dohdle. At any time, if you think you can identify a Dohdle, throw your guessing cube in the sorting funnel: The player whose cube comes out first can guess first. Points from correct guesses move you forward around the game board, and the player who makes it around the board first wins the game! The special clay will not dry out or harden and can be used again and again!
Although a fun game, Dohdles takes a lot of time to prepare and its instructions are quite confusing. You really need to check out some videos on YouTube to get the gist of it since the instructions alone come across as jumbled and too complex to be sensible. Additionally, there is a fair bit of setup required such as building up a center box and prepping the clay. That said, once the game is assembled and the games learned it is very enjoyable.
Dohdles retails for $39.95 and is recommended for 3-6 players ages 10 and up. I give it 3 out of 5 stars (add a star if you are a fan of clay) and recommend it for people who enjoy sculpting. To learn more, or to purchase a copy of the game, see here.