Morphology was born during a snowstorm in Minneapolis, MN when Kate Ryan Reiling and two of her friends were stranded in their apartment and decided to play a board game. They began to build words using Jenga® blocks and Pente® pieces. Inspired by how much fun they had , Kate spent the next years prototyping what would soon become Morphology.
When a Tuck professor wanted to purchase games to give out as gifts, Morphology Games was born. “I knew this was a once in a lifetime opportunity to follow that little voice in my head telling me that I had something special and it was worth chasing. Morphology Games launched in late fall of 2009, quickly selling out its original units and in 2010, went to the New York Toy Fair where it received two “Top New Toys of 2010” nods. In the fall of 2010, Morphology was selected as TIME’s Top Ten Toys list as the Number 2 Toy of the Year. (Paraphrased from Morphology’s “Our Story” page)
I love to play board games so I was very excited to have the opportunity to review Morphology. There are two versions of this game; Morphology and Morphology Junior. I chose the regular game for players 13+ to play with my soon-to-be thirteen year old.
At first the game reminded me of a cross between Apples to Apples and charades. The gameplay is very easy.
- Pick a card and choose between the hard or the easy word on the card
- “Build” your word with the pieces available
- “Animate” your word by moving your pieces around
- Your opponents guess what your word is
That’s it! Simple, fun, and often funny. Red and I had a great time playing this game! I love games that get my kids’ creativity flowing and this one does just that. It has become one of his favorites and he asks me to play it quite often.
To give you an idea of what to expect with Morphology, why don’t you try this guessing game on their site? Can you guess what the word is by the picture shown using pieces from the game?