FAQS

What is Snippets?

Snippets is the fast paced anything goes word game! Perfect for a party or family game night, Snippets is for 2-8 players and takes about 45 minutes. It can best be described as a combination of Scrabble and Scattergories, but unlike Scrabble, you don’t need a crazy vocabulary to win, unlike Scattergories there’s no ambiguity, and unlike most word games, the “smartest” player doesn’t always win.

With its unique "anything goes" rule, Snippets isn't like most word games, requiring more of a creative mind than a large vocabulary. And with only 60 seconds to think, everyone’s answers will be equally hilarious.

How do you play?

A "snippet" is a short sequence of letters that can be found as a whole within one or more words. For example, the snippet IPP can be found in the words SNIPPETS, QUIPPED, and HIPPIE but not in SHIPSHAPE, PIPE, or HOPPING.

Players have 60 seconds to write down as many words as they can think of that contain each round's snippet. Anything goes! Dictionary words, people names, place names, brand names, fictional things, technical terms, slang, acronyms, abbreviations, contractions, hyphenations, non-english words, the snippet itself, and even plurals and alternate verb tenses are all allowed!

When time's up, players compare answers, earning points for unique words and fun bonuses. The player with the most points wins the round and the first to 3 rounds wins the game!

Who made it?

Snippets was created by The Master Theorem Games in New York City.

What comes in the box?

Snippets comes with 300 snippet cards, 4 answer pads with 50 sheets each, 4 answer pad covers with scoring cheat sheets, 4 pencils, a 60 second sand timer, and an instructions booklet. There is also a free Snippets app available for both iPhone and Android, featuring a beautiful, interactive timer to supplement the old school sand timer!

Sounds neat. Where can I buy it?

Snippets was successfully funded on Kickstarter in November of 2016, and the first run is currently being manufactured with shipping expected to begin at the end of March 2017. Even if you missed the Kickstarter, you can still preorder a copy of the game before it ships.

Ok, I got the game! Do you have any tips or tricks for playing?

Great! We're glad to see you're ready and raring to play Snippets!

First, take a moment to review the instructions. Snippets is a simple and elegant game, so it shouldn't take too long!

If you're new to the game, it may take a round or two to get in the right mindset for making whole words from short snippets! In each game box, there are 100 easy, 100 medium, and 100 hard cards, which each come in a particular order. Start with the easy deck and, rather than shuffling the deck or choosing a random card, begin with the first card and progress sequentially through the deck. As it starts to get easier for you, you can try some medium or hard cards!

If you're having trouble coming up with words in a given round, get your brain going by adding different endings to words you already know. For example, if you already wrote down CRAFT for the snippet CRA, try CRAFTS, CRAFTED, CRAFTING, and CRAFTY. Now add different beginnings, like AIRCRAFT or SPACECRAFT or RECRAFT. Then try a mixture of both, with AIRCRAFTS or SPACECRAFTS or RECRAFTED!

Some snippets may also be ripe for rhyming. Having trouble with ING? Well, if you've got WING, get your poet's hat on and expand into SING, DING, BRING, THING, and BLING. Start adding lots of endings to those and now you're business!

For yet other snippets, you may have to get fancy. Keep some common english word structures in mind, such as double letters before endings, and recognize where they may come in handy. For SSI, for example, you could start running with words like PASSING, HISSING, or MESSIER.

Once you've got the basics down, there are a few different strategies you can use to really start knocking it out of the park. If the round's snippet seems pretty easy to you, you could try ignoring the Brainiac and Creativity bonuses and just go for broke, writing down as many words as you possibly can in 60 seconds. That way, the points you earn for your remaining words have a shot at surpassing any bonus points your friends get.

Or, if the snippet seems a bit harder, you could try the opposite by focusing your efforts on one of the bonuses and coming up with a few very long or very unique words. You could even try take this to its extreme, with one very long, very unique word, in the hopes that the bonuses will carry you to the end.

We hope these tips help! Happy snipping!