Board Game Review: Dixit

Asmodee Games

3-6 Players (However, 4+ is better)
Ages 6+
30+ Minutes
COMPETITIVE

“Perfect nonsense goes on in the world. Sometimes there is no plausibility at all” 
― Nikolai GogolThe Nose

This is the best thought I could think of to describe the game of Dixit, a game where it appears that players are making sense of nonsense!  Dixit plays like Apples to Apples in the opposite direction that is far more visual. It requires that you to come up with a perfectly apt description of your own VERY surreal card that also leaves your opponents guessing.

The trick is, the description cannot be too easy or too difficult because at least one person needs to get it right for you to score.  It is very likely that you are confused at that description. (I know I was the first time I played!)  Let me explain the game play and then, hopefully, it will clear it all up!

First, each player is dealt six incredibly beautiful and exceedingly surreal cards. Each image is unique and makes you feel like you have drifted far into the rabbit hole, past even the furthest of Alice’s imaginings. The storyteller (active player) chooses a card and describes it.  Now this is where the explanation comes in!  Let’s say I chose this card:

You could say “A boy with bubbles traversing hills”, but it’s not likely anyone else would have a card that would match that description.  As your opponents selections are sorted out, they secretly vote for the card they think is yours using color coded chips. If everyone guesses your card, all your opponents gain 2 points and you gain none.

Let’s say you wanted to make it harder, so you just say “Green”, as it is likely that most of your opponents would have a card fitting that description as they play a card from their hand. However; if no one chooses yours, as there is a “greener” card available, your opponents all gain 2 points (plus a bonus for anyone whose card was chosen by others) and you still get 0!

There is a third option, and this is your goal! Let’s say you said something like “The Final Frontier”, alluding to the Saturn-like shapes of the bubbles, and the fact that the child is obviously traveling. There may be better options out, or not. If one person guesses my image, I get 3 points and they get 3 points, plus a bonus for anyone choosing their card.  All other players get 0.

The game is played until someone’s rabbit-shaped meeple reaches 30 points on the board!

Dixit is an immensely fun game, and it is VERY family friendly.  Since there is no reading involved, young children can play, however; expect them to be more of a “wild card” to your strategy.  I’ve played 5 or 6 times with my 4 year old and only the last time did she start giving clues that didn’t directly describe the card!  I would recommend a lot of patience with children under 7 or 8, but once they have the hang of it, it’ll be worth it!

This game helps children to learn storytelling skills, helps broaden appreciation for art and gives them a very strong ability to articulate thoughts concisely and to comprehend metaphor.  If you are looking for a tool to help your child facilitate story telling, Dixit cards can be used similarly to Rory’s Story Cubes. Randomly select cards and ask your child to tell a story about what is happening!

I have recommended this game to friends who do not describe themselves as “gamers” or as liking games because it is very simple and very entertaining once you have the hang of it!  Much like Apples to Apples there is a lot of replay ability in the 84 card set, though eventually, you might want to look for more options.  Asmodee currently has 4 readily available expansions that each add 84 cards to the base set.  They even designed the box to accommodate expansions!

All-in-all, Dixit is a must have staple for all family game shelves!

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16 Responses to “Board Game Review: Dixit”

  1. Esther Irish
    August 8, 2014 at 9:44 am #

    My husband and I are gamers, but I love to have games around that we can pull out that anyone can play. Thanks for the review!

    • Kelly Allard
      August 8, 2014 at 11:59 am #

      Esther – we have a lot of great stuff here for gamers & their families! If you have any favorites, pass them along we’d live to check them out!

  2. Misty Battle
    August 8, 2014 at 10:31 am #

    Interesting game. I will have to look into adding it to our Friday game nights. We are always looking for new games. This seems to be also a good learning experience for descriptive details.

  3. teresa mccluskey
    August 8, 2014 at 11:26 am #

    Dixit sounds like a great game, I bet my family and I can get into this game! I love how you give a clue and then they have to figure out if it matches!

  4. Bernadette C @Aimless Moments
    August 8, 2014 at 11:42 am #

    Looks and sounds interesting. Am starting my Christmas shopping and know a few that would like this…thanks!

  5. Diana @ The Shady Lane
    August 8, 2014 at 2:07 pm #

    Thanks for the review, we’re always on the look out for new additions to our family game night!

  6. Esther
    August 8, 2014 at 2:19 pm #

    I love playing board games with my girls. We are in need of a few new ones and this looks like a perfect one to add to our game nights! Thanks!

  7. Holly
    August 8, 2014 at 4:55 pm #

    Board games are so much fun! Thank you for this review.

  8. Trisha
    August 8, 2014 at 5:14 pm #

    This sounds like an interesting game! My daughter is too young for it but my older niece and nephew might enjoy it!

  9. Lavende & Lemonade
    August 8, 2014 at 5:52 pm #

    I love the idea of this game! A great one for the family, and one that encourages creative thinking. Thanks for the review!

  10. Yona Williams
    August 8, 2014 at 6:37 pm #

    Thanks for giving more than one example…the more I kept reading them…the more I gained a better understanding of this game. I would have LOVED this as a kid.

  11. Jamie
    August 8, 2014 at 8:57 pm #

    How fun – this would be great for our road trips!! 🙂

  12. katrina g
    August 9, 2014 at 11:48 am #

    looks like a great game. I will def have to check it out more

  13. Amber Nelson
    August 9, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

    This looks like a fun game. I have never heard of this one before.

  14. TweenselMom
    August 9, 2014 at 4:30 pm #

    I love playing games with my kids. When I wasn’t too much busy then, we are game buddies. I’m sad now that we don’t do as much as like that these days.

  15. Maggie
    August 9, 2014 at 9:33 pm #

    This looks fun! Thanks for the review!

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