I am teaming up with the folks at the Have Fun and Play Podcast (https://havefunandplay.com/) on Instagram @havefunandplay and we are sharing our Top 10 Most Replayable Games in celebration of Groundhog Day. What makes a game replayable? There are a lot of different reasons that you might want to play a game over and over. I look forward to sharing my list and hearing from you what games are replayable and why as well.
Drop It was our most played game in 2020, a year with far less opportunities for gaming in-person with friends and family. Whenever we were able to play in-person, we found ourselves coming back to Drop It again and again.
Drop It is replayable for me for these 4 reasons:
1. Drop It is easy to learn. The concept and rules are logical and super-easy to teach to gamers of all ages and skill/experience levels (the game publishers suggest ages 8 and up but there is no reading in the game and I don’t see why children much younger than that couldn’t play as well). Players are dropping different-shaped colourful plastic pieces inside a clear vertical board to trying to make it land as high as possible inside the board and/or touching one of the bonus point areas in the game. However, if your piece ends up touching another piece of the same colour or shape then you score no points.
2. Drop It plays very quick. You can teach and play a full game in 10 to 15 minutes, so there isn’t a big time investment - even your teenagers who never game with the family will put down their cellphone for a game or two.
3. Drop It is exciting. The surprises in the game (the pieces often bounce around and don’t always end up where you expect) keep everyone entertained even when it’s not your turn. It’s not uncommon for everyone at the table shout out in surprise or dismay during a game. This will usually get other people gathering around to watch what is happening and waiting for their chance to play as well.
4. More experienced gamers will enjoy that Drop It offers just enough simple strategic options to keep it interesting without those strategic choices being too obscure or making it extra challenging for new gamers. Picking the right piece to play on your turn can be crucial to scoring points and/or limiting the options of your opponents.
Everyone we have introduced this to has wanted to play again and again. Drop It is great with kids and grandparents alike. The game has an exciting table presence and will get everyone in the house curious about how it works and wanting to give it a try.
What do you think? What makes a game replayable in your opinion? What are your favourite games to replay over and over? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.