I’ve always had a bit of a fascination for accents and, having a bit of a boring flat southern one myself, enjoy attempting to speak with a regional twang. My family are the same. As my dad is a linguist, we often find ourselves having conversations in different dialects. It passes the time now and then.
If ever there were a game made for us, then, this is it. Accentuate is a simple after-dinner style offering that can easily be played around the table without need to tidy away the wine and cheese – bonus!
Thought up by Scousers, designed by Mancs, Made by the Cornish and promoted by Cockneys, Accentuate is a celebration of accents that should soon have everyone laughing. Inside the box are two sets of cards. One deck of quotations and another of the accents that players have to read them out in. The box also includes a die and timer.
Players need to start by rolling the die to discover their play options – swap, pass, play or all – before reading out a quotation in their own normal voice. They then have 30 seconds in which to repeat it as many times as they want in the given accent before their team – or everyone if ‘all’ has been rolled – guesses. You can play as many rounds as you like and the team with the most points at the end is the winner.
There are 30 regional and international accents. These include Geordie, Cornish, Japanese and French. So there’s at least a few that everyone could make a passable effort at. Or end up feeling awkward and embarrassed. I’m acutely aware that I won’t get away with doing this review without making a video, so I’ll let you decide how I fared…
Accentuate has an RRP of £19.99 and you can order yours on the Accentuate website.