Scattergories: a game you can play with others and with adults. One of the more unsociable horrors of the gaming apps is that they are insular and often involve one person immersed into a game, blissfully unaware of his or her surroundings – Scattergories is the antitheses of this and is one of those puzzle type games you can actually involve the entire family or even all the guests at a dinner party.
You will need to think fast and on your feet. So, try not to gulp down that wine at the dinner table too quickly as you’ll need your wits about you. You could be asked such questions as, “What country can you name that starts with a D”? But you should get creative if you wish to get more points. And if you are not anywhere near a dinner party or a family gathering why not challenge a random stranger and play against them? Like most apps Scattergories will connect to your Facebook friends, so you could always challenge one of your acquaintances.
There are several different modes you can play this game: standard classic mode where you will type in your answer before the clock ticks down and times you out; tournament mode, where you will compete in tournaments that sets you a specific and challenging time period in which to finish, and there is the multiplayer option where you can challenge all the guests at a dinner table, the members of a party or some random group of strangers to become the Scattergories champion.
There are concessions for those of us with poor spelling. The auto-correct feature will correct any answer which may have been typed so quickly you might have added a stray letter – after all, it’s not fair to be penalized for one silly spelling error.
But one of its redeeming features is to add in words you feel should have been included but were not. If your word was rejected because the database simply did not have it and you feel hard done by because of the word’s omission, you can let the developers know and they will make it right (assuming it has been checked, verified and approved to be valid of course).
The disputes may seem aplenty at first but the database is constantly in flux and improves over time. So, be warned to expect the odd rejection of a word you may feel (and know) is valid.