Reviewed by David Savage
Christmas is the time when family and friends get together, so it is a great time to play party games. We were sent a fantastic, whiffy and gross game that is lots of nostril abusing fun; What’s That Smell? to play and review. This game really stinks!
WowWee’s What’s That Smell? is a game for 2-6 players and challenges players to guess the smell on the scratch and sniff cards, using just their nostrils. Some smells can be nice, while others are outright disgusting! It is recommended for ages 14+ and game time is from 15 to 30 minutes. The best sniffer wins and get to choose the loser who has to smell of the stinky Stank Cards in The Whiff of Shame!
The box contains:
48 Mystery Whiff Card · 4 Stank Cards · 4 Resealable Scent-barrier bags (for the Stank Cards) · 6 Cardholders · 1 Sheet of 30 Whiff Strips · Scorepad and Instructions.
You can also download the free What’s That Smell? app (for iOS and Android) to help you play the game and capture “The Whiff of Shame” in slow-motion glory on the ReekCam (this is optional and is not necessary to play the game), this can then be shared on your favourite social media platforms should you wish to do so.
This game is really easy to play, providing your nose can take it! Each player takes a Mystery Whiff Card, Scorecard and a Whiff Strip. They open the first fold of the card, so that the smell zone is visible but not the answer and place it in their cardholder.
We played the game using the app (you can just play with a timer or stopwatch). We opened the app and selected Party Mode followed by the number of smells we wanted to play with (2 to 6, this would be the number of players) and then the number of seconds per round (30s, 45s or 60s). Once everybody was ready, we hit the Let’s Play! button. The players then use a Whiff Strip to run over the smell zone on their Mystery Whiff Card (just once or twice, there is no need to furiously rub it as it will damage the card). Each player then sniffs the card and has to write down what they think the smell is, what smell category they think it is from and a smell association (your funniest memory associated with that smell).
The game finishes when every player has smelt all of the cards. If there is a tie, the tied players take part in a rapid smell-off round where each player gets 15 seconds to name the smell of a random mystery card. The scores are then added up and the player with the highest number of points is the winner. But that is not where it ends! The winner then gets to choose one of the losing players to suffer the dreaded “Whiff of Shame”. The chosen player has to take 3 big whiffs of one of the Stanky Cards (Diaper Blowout, Extra Old Toe Cheese, Smothered in B.O. and Hot Chunky Vomit) handed over by the winner, not a pleasant experience! If you are using the app you can film their reaction on the ReekCam in slow-motion and share with your friends on social media.
Overall, this is a scentastic nostril abusing, fun party game for teenagers and adults with a sense of humour. It is easy to set up and has a quick playing time. Some of the smells are quite nice while others are just foul.
While the cards are scratch and sniff, if the storage and care instructions are followed it is not a single-use game and the cards should last for quite a while (the 4 Stank Cards are stored in a reusable bag).
So, if you want your festive season to be filled with fun and the smells of more than just Christmas, then I can highly recommend What’s That Smell?
I would like to see expansion packs of the Mystery Whiff Cards and the Stank Cards to extend the playability of the game, but it really is a stinker of a game.
Available to buy from Amazon here.