Spam: The Dice Game!

Spam… the dice game. My business partner acquired this game at Gen Con and brought it to me excited and giggly.  “Look!  Spam!”  She was so excited.  All I could think was, “Really?”.

Spam is a dice game, which basically plays like Yahtzee.  But lets not fool ourselves, no one buys “Spam: The Dice Game” for it’s amazing game play possibilities.  It’s a gag.  A gimmick.  A thing that makes you snicker and giggle at the absurdity.

The contents of the spam can.

But I am a reviewer, and taking my job seriously, I wrangled my business partner (the one who acquired the game) into playing it with me.  What I got was basically what I expected.  The game play was almost nil, it is simply Yahtzee after all.  But surprisingly enough, we found ourselves giggling over the silliness of it much more then I would have expected.

The game comes with five dice, each with six different images on them:  a “Spam Sandwich”, the “Spam Logo”, “Spam on a Plate”, a “Can of Spam”, a “Spam Single”, and a wild.   I actually had to explain to my business partner what a “Spam Single” was.

An actual Spam Single for those who are not initiated into the world of Spam.  This is a single slice of Spam, individually packaged for your morbid curiosity.

An actual "Spam Single" for those who are not initiated into the world of Spam. This is a single slice of Spam, individually packaged for your morbid curiosity.

And this brings around the true redeeming moment for this game.  It’s a conversation starter.  The foray into the explanation of a “Spam Single” led us to talk about our childhood experiences with Spam: whether we could stomach the stuff cooked or not, and if this was a staple in our households or if we weren’t quite white trash enough for that.

This game is a conversation starter, or a gag gift, not truly a game worth owning for the games sake.   But did I expect much else?  No, not really.  In fact I was pleasantly surprised with how much I did enjoy it.  If you have a spam lover in the family, or a crazy uncle you don’t know quite what to buy for, this could make an entertaining little gag gift.

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