Geistes Blitz is a game from Germany that is a simple game of who can think and act the quickest. It’s designed for 2-8 players ages 8 and up but we found a way to include younger kids if it’s played differently. It’s not a Halloween game but since it involves a ghost, it can certainly be played around that time!
The game comes with 5 wooden pieces and a deck of cards. The instructions have an English version as well, after you flip through a few pages. The instructions are quite simple though. First the story of Balduin the ghost is introduced and we are asked to help him sort his photos.
As I said there are five items: a gray mouse, red chair, green bottle, white ghost and blue book. You place the items in the middle of the table. Shuffle the cards and place them face down nearby. One person flips over a card quickly so that everyone sees what is on it at the same time.
Every card has two items on it. The first thing you are looking for is if the card shows an item in the right colour (as shown above.) If it is, you grab that item. If not, than you are looking for what item is not depicted in item OR colour. For the card shown below, you would note that there is no red bottle or blue ghost, so you are looking for what isn’t shown. It can’t be the ghost or bottle nor can it be something that is red or blue. The only thing left is the gray mouse. You have to be quick though because there is no turn taking in this game. You have to look at the card, figure out what you need to grab and do it very quickly to win.
How Your Younger Ones Can Play
As I said before, the game is for ages 8 and up because you need to be able to figure out what to grab. My 7 year old played and didn’t do too bad although she wasn’t as quick as the adults so she wasn’t fast enough a lot of the time. My 3 year old wanted to play though and he doesn’t understand it enough to play. So we showed him how to flip the cards fast and he was the card flipper. After we were done the game, we also played a different version with him, naming a colour or item and having him pick up the right one. That way he could play too and it helped with colour recognition too.
Where to Buy
I got mine at a local game store but it looks like Mastermind Toys (Canada – mostly Ontario) has an anglicized version of the game (called Ghost Blitz) and Amazon.com carries it as well. You could also try looking at your local game stores.
I bought this game myself.