The other day a friend brought a game she found called Set: The Family Game of Visual Perception. It didn’t seem that fun at first, with it’s old look but it was actually quite fun. It’s a game where adults aren’t necessarily going to be better at it than the kids. Some people are just better at visual perception.
In the game you place out 12 cards in rows of three. Each card is different in number, shape, colour and pattern. Your job is to find three that make a set and yell SET! and then go ahead and grab your set. Others make sure they agree that it’s a set and then new cards are put down to fill in the board and the game goes again.
As you can see in the image above, there are cards with numbers 1-3. It’s harder to see but there is also three colours: green, red and purple. There is also three patterns: solid, outline and patterned (it’s hard to see in photo.) There are also three shapes: diamonds, ovals and squiggly. So everyone is looking at the same time and trying to find a set. You have to shout out SET before you can grab your set because only one person can grab at a time (whoever said SET first.)
NOTE: A set is either all three DIFFERENT or all three SAME.
In the example above you can see the pattern a little better. So I could have grabbed this set for two different reasons: all different shapes or all different numbers.
In the example above I could have grabbed this set for three reasons: all the same number or all the same colour or all different patterns.
You only have to find one reason to yell SET though.
SET is still being sold (with an updated box cover) by SET Enterprises and they also sell other games too. You can check it out here.