Award for accent game made in Wirral

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Brother and sister team Graeme and Fiona Fraser-Bell with Accentuate ©Accentuate Games Ltd

Brother and sister team Graeme and Fiona Fraser-Bell with Accentuate ©Accentuate Games Ltd

A party game created by two Wirral siblings which makes fun of accents has scooped an independent toy award.

‘Accentuate’, created by brother and sister team Graeme and Fiona Fraser-Bell, was awarded the Toy Shop UK bronze accolade in the card game category after over 1,000 independent toy retailers cast their votes.

The game sees competitors getting 30 seconds to read one of 90 random quotations in the accent that they are given in order for their teammates to guess what it it. It often results in hilariously embarrassing accent attempts.

The awards are run by online toy directory Toy Shop UK and are the only ones voted for by the nation’s independent toy retailers.

Inventor Graeme Fraser-Bell said that he was beyond thrilled with the prize, saying: “The game’s only been on shelves for a couple of months and already independent retailers are picking it as one of their favourite products.”

The game was launched earlier this year and is aimed at older players ages 16+. Featuring 30 different drawls from around the globe, a third of the accents included in the card game are home-grown British. These include Geordie, Cockney and, of course, Scouse.

The cast of The Only Way is Essex have been seen trying out a version of the game during an interview with BBC Newsbeat, with Bobby Cole-Norris doing his best Scottish accent and Ferne McCann showing off her French skills.

Graeme Fraser-Bell said: “We know it’s a great game, but to have this reinforced by the very people who sell such games is a very valuable endorsement and we are honoured to receive such a prestigious award.”

A recent review for the game from user ‘Claire’ on the electronic retail company Firebox website said: “My flatmates and I bought this for a friend’s 21st birthday, and it was hilarious! You don’t realise how difficult accents are until you’re under pressure and have had a few to drink. Great game and the packaging was nice too! Can be played with or without alcohol.”

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