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Game Review: ‘Ha! Ha! Moustache Name That Stache!’

Moustaches have gone in and out of fashion through the centuries, and the latest wave of facial hair has been among the most mind-blowing. “Put a moustache on it!” seems to have become the new cry over the birds, and the same now goes for games. Haywire Group has taken two classics, moustaches and trivia games, and created something altogether new: Ha! Ha! Moustache Name That Stache Game. H!H!MNTSG is  among the most unique trivia games on the market today. It is, at its core, focused on pop cultural and historical figures, with players taking turns drawing cards and reading…

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"I'd know that moustache anywhere!"

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Moustaches have gone in and out of fashion through the centuries, and the latest wave of facial hair has been among the most mind-blowing. “Put a moustache on it!” seems to have become the new cry over the birds, and the same now goes for games. Haywire Group has taken two classics, moustaches and trivia games, and created something altogether new: Ha! Ha! Moustache Name That Stache Game.

hahamustacheH!H!MNTSG is  among the most unique trivia games on the market today. It is, at its core, focused on pop cultural and historical figures, with players taking turns drawing cards and reading the clues while the other players guess the answer. Each card gives five clues, and the judge reads them one by one to see if anyone can guess before all of the information is given away. The earlier clues are worth more points, meaning being able to guess that ‘stache could get four or five points while more mysterious moustaches could only yield one or two points as players struggle to think of who that could be. The decks also include “Epic ‘Stache!” cards worth double points for the “most legendary moustaches of all time” on figures such as Joseph Stalin or Tom Selleck.

One of the features that sets H!H!MNTSG apart from other trivia games is its visual aspect. When the judge draws the card, he or she holds up the unique mustache under his or her nose. The comedic effect is great, setting a hilarious mood for the game. On top of that, players who are visually-oriented will have a chance to use those skills not often applicable to other games. The famed toothbrush moustache of Charlie Chaplin or Adolf Hitler is easily recognizable, and players might get it on the first clue and “comedic actor” or “dictator.” Players might be very well and pleasantly surprised when they recognize Wilford Brimley on his mustache alone.

There are three editions to H!H!MNTSG: Living People, Dead People, and Awful People. For pop-culture enthusiasts, Living People might be the best as it is loaded with actors, musicians, and even cartoon characters that we see on a regular basis. For folks who enjoy history, the Dead People Edition is a fascinating look at upper-lip hairstyles of yesteryear, from the thin suaveness of Errol Flynn to the bushiness of Theodore Roosevelt. The deck is not limited to history nuts, however: there are plenty of fictional characters famous in their deaths as well as their moustaches that players will enjoy guessing. The Awful People edition has another great set of potpourri all tied together with the theme of serial killers, war criminals, and, for some reason, Weird Al Yankovic (he is awfully awesome). For extreme players, the decks may be shuffled together for an epic round of no-hold-barred moustache-guessing.

Ha! Ha! Moustache Name That ‘Stache Game is for two or more players aged fourteen and up. Fourteen is appropriate given the level of difficulty in the trivia, with historical figures like Vlad the Impaler rarely seen or recognized by his moustache, though the clues will give him away. Games are typically quick as all players but the reader have a chance of guessing and racking up points. With 150 cards in the collective set, it will be some time before moustaches return for another round.

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About Jeff Provine

Jeff Provine is a Composition professor, novelist, cartoonist, and traveler of three continents. His latest book is a collection of local ghost legends, Campus Ghosts of Norman, Oklahoma.