“In the palm of your hand” is a family board game, where you will help your grandfather (who is not so young anymore) to recall his memories by stimulating his mind through the sense of touch.
In the game box is a large format rule.
Given the small amount of content in the box, I would have liked the rulebook and the game box to be a little more compact. But the rulebook also features 7 richly illustrated pages.
Once you have read the rules (which doesn’t even take 5 minutes), the rulebook provides you with a mini tutorial that will not only allow you to play straight away, but will also introduce you to the different gestures to mime, so as to give you a foretaste of the possibilities the game offers.
After several games, you can try the expert mode which will introduce constrained cards, and tell you what to do or not to do during the “mime a memory” phase.
You can also throw the objects
The game is played in teams of 2 or 3 players.
One member of the team will play the grandfather while another member of the same team will play the child and mime the memory.
At the end of a round of the game, the roles are changed and you start again.
The team that scores the most points at the end of the game has won! In case of a tie, play again 🙂
Once the teams are created, 6 Memory cards are handed out to each team (whose members share the same hand).
The deck of Memory Cards is placed faced down next to the objects.
Choose the team that will start playing (we’ll call it the active team) and let’s play!
A game round is composed of 4 phases which are played in this order:
1. Choose a memory
One of the players on the active team is the grandfather. Another player from the same team will play the child. .
The latter will draw a card without showing it to anyone. This card will represent the memory that the child will try to remind the grandfather of.
2. Mime the memory
The child will successively mime 2 memories in the grandfather’s hand: his actions will be visible to all except the grandfather who will keep his eyes closed. Be careful, the child cannot directly touch his grandfather’s hand and must therefore use the objects provided by the game to interact with him.
He can only talk to him to indicate that he is positioning his hand wrongly or that he is going to mime the second memory.
Under no circumstances should the child repeat a mime or test the mime on his own hand beforehand.
3. Interfere with a memory
Once the mime is over, the child announces it, and puts the cards face down. The other team secretly chooses a card from their hand that “looks” like the mimed memory and then picks another one to always have 6 cards in hand. This card will be shuffled into the photo album to try to confuse the grandfather.
Repeat steps 1 to 3 for the second memory.
4. Browse through the photo album
The cards are shuffled and placed face up in front of the grandfather who finally opens his eyes.
He must choose the 2 cards corresponding to the memories that were mimed to him in the right order.
The active team scores 1 point for each Memory card correctly guessed.
The opposing team scores 1 point for each interfering card that was chosen by the grandfather.
In any other case, nobody scores a point.
5. End of round
Clockwise, the next team will become the active team.
The game ends when everyone has played the role of the grandfather.
As you have guessed, the game is relying on one of the 5 senses of the human being: touch.
We have 11 objects that will be able to provide different sensations, as the materials used are quite varied. Although I would have liked to have a little bit more, it allows you not to lose yourself in front of too many choices.
The game plays the card of nostalgia and emotion, we find at the back of the rulebook some souvenir photos with notes from the child.
In addition, if you wish, you can also reconstruct the life of Leon (the grandfather) chronologically in order to discover his history. To do so, place the 100 cards face up in chronological order. And Leon’s life will magically unfold before you from his birth to today.
“In the palm of your hand” will allow you to spend good moments, it’s a good little game to play at the beginning of the evening.
The illustrations, the simplicity of its rules and the fact of using its creativity to mime make its strength.
Though a little confused at the beginning of the game due to its original mechanics to say the least – imagine having to mime an astronaut on the moon just by playing with objects in someone’s hand! – We finally find very quickly ways to make ourselves understood. And it’s quite exhilarating for the team when you’re scoring multiple times!
Fortunately, the game offers an expert mode to counterbalance this kind of situation and at the same time increase the difficulty.
Another thing I liked: the different game modes offered. The 2 players mode works pretty well, it’s fast, funny, and it brings you closer together 😉