Accentuate Games LTD is a game company based in the United Kingdom. Recently, they announced the release of their first “Game For Adults” befittingly titled “Accentuate.” This guess-the-accent game was created by brother sister duo, Graeme and Fiona Fraser-Bell, and launched in July 2014. A simple party game, “Accentuate” requires players to attempt to put on their best foreign dialects while reading quotes without giving any verbal or visual clues. The more bizarre and ridiculous the accent, the more hysterical laughter that is sure to follow!
“Accentuate is aimed at played aged 16+ and is presented in card-game form. Retailing for $29.99, the game comes complete with 90 Accent Cards featuring 30 different accents from around the globe (each repeated three times), 90 different Quotation Cards, a timer and a dice to select game-play options. This party in a box is the perfect entertainment for every gathering! According to the official press release, “Accentuate”:
• Allows you to find out just how bad (or good) you are at doing accents
• Read classic quotes in an accent while your friends try their best to guess it
• Each card has a point value of 1-5 depending on its difficulty level. First team to score 12 points wins!
• 30 accents ranging from Cockney to New York to Jamaican
• The dice introduces further gameplay elements such as Swap, Play, Pass or All.
• Box includes 90 classic Quotation Cards and 90 Accent Cards (30 accents repeating 3 times), Dice, 30 second egg-timer
• A film quote expansion pack is also available for purchase
“Accentuate” comes well packed in a white box and the cards are printed on sturdy paper. The quotes (which are dictated by dice rolls) range from simple statements to semi-speeches with tongue-twisters included. Reciting some of the harder statements would be difficult when speaking in a normal tone–when adding an accent it becomes quite difficult indeed…and even more challenging due to a timer feature!
The accents included in the game are both international and regional. For example, seven American accents are specifically mentioned (New York, Boston, Chicago, Southern, Texan, Minnesota, Californian) alongside numerous global accents such as French, German, Italian, Irish, India, English, Canadian, Mexican, Russian, Swedish, Australian, Japanese, Jamaican and Scottish. Just for added fun, a “Newsreader” category/accent is also thrown into the mix!
Accentuate provides players with a lot of laughs–especially when you add in the movie quotes value pack–but it does not provide a link to a location where one can familiarize themselves with specific accents and get tips on how to feign particular jargons. Hence, it is wise for players to conduct some research into the selected accents before indulging in this game or it will likely prove to be very hard to play.
Overall, I give “Accentuate” 4 out of 5 stars and highly recommend it to people who are familiar with various accents. To learn more about the Accentuate game and the company that produces it visit the official website, Facebook, and Twitter.