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Dixit Board Game Review

Dixit is one of those games that I had spotted in lots of board game shops (we visit a lot!) but never actually bought. I am lucky enough to review board games regularly, as part of the Asmodee Blogger Board Game Club. I was super excited to be asked to review Dixit. This game was an instant win, and we have since played it lots and even bought an expansion pack. This multi-award-winning game has become a firm favourite in our house and shall be well loved for years to come.

Playing Dixit

Dixit, isn’t a new board game. It’s been around for quite a few years. This beautiful board game sees players take on the roll of the ‘storyteller’. The storyteller looks at any one of the 6 cards in their hand and makes a small story, a poem or says a sentence or even a noise that can relate to that card – keeping their card secret. The other players look at their hand and choose two cards that could also match the story of the storyteller. They hand this card to the storyteller, who then lays down all of the player’s cards (and the one, original of his own that inspired the story). Following this, the players vote for the card which they think is the storyteller’s original card. Players are not allowed to vote for their own image.

All players have the chance to win points during each round. The scoring for Dixit works as follows:

  • If all players have found the storyteller’s image, or none have found it, then the storyteller doesn’t score any points and everyone else scores 2 points.
  • In any other case, the storyteller scores 3 points and so do the players who found is image.
  • Each player, except the storyteller, scores 1 point for each vote that was placed on their image.

Scoring is kept by moving wooden rabbits across the board’s scoring track. We loved the tiny rabbits, who have could easily replace the meeples found in our other board games. Rabbits Vs Meeples… Rabbits win, hands down!

At the end of each round, players must draw cards to make their hands back up to 6. The player to the left of the storyteller from the last round, then becomes the storyteller for this round.

The game ends when the last card is drawn from the pack. The player who made it furthest along the scoring track is the winner.

Artwork

Dixit has to be one of the most beautiful games that we own. The artwork throughout the game is stunning. The box Dixit comes in, the score board, the cards and tokens and even the rule sheet has beautiful artwork created by French artist Marie Cardouat.

Each card is magical. The paintings are abstract and look stunning on the oversized cards. We found that players often paused throughout the rounds, to admire the artwork.

Who’s Dixit For?

Dixit is suitable for players aged 8+ and can be played with 3-6 players. Play time averages at around 30 minutes.

We’ve only played Dixit as a group of adults, and we all found this game great fun. We now like to play Dixit after a heavy session of Dungeons and Dragons, to lighten the mood and relax into the evening.  I did try to play Dixit with my nearly-7-year-old, but she did struggle to get the concept of voting and kept wanting to vote for her own card. I think we shall wait to play with her again until she is the recommended age of 8.

Dixit is a great game for people who don’t fancy learning how to play a rule-heavy game. All of the rules fit onto one rule sheet and the game-play is picked up very easily, with no complicated rules (or exceptions to them) to remember. Players need to have a wild imagination to play Dixit successfully. Of course, if you suck at being imaginative, you can still play… just don’t expect to win!

Dixit really is an adventure of the mind. You’ll find that you get inside of each others heads over a jumble of words and noises. One vivid sentence is all it takes to tell a story, but don’t make it too easy or you wont score. Don’t make your too difficult… as you wont score then either.

We found Dixit incredibly addictive and loved it so much that we have even purchased an expansion pack. There are lots of expansions available, so you don’t have to worry about exhausting the deck that comes with the game.

Where To Buy

Dixit is available to buy from all good board game shops and online, with an RRP of £29.99.

*This copy of Dixit was sent to us in exchange for this post, as part of the Asmodee Blogger Board Game Club. All opinions are my own.

Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 young daughters, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting brands.

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