Articulate is one of those board games that always ends up coming out when we have a girly night in or a few friends or family over for a bit of a get together. It is something that every one can join in with but watch out it can get competitive!
Setting up the game is simple. All you need o do is unfold the game board, take out the box of cards, your playing counters and the timer and you are ready to go!
Articulate is played in teams, this is what makes this game ideal in lots of different social situations. Me and my friends have played in teams of two against each other as well as in larger groups. The game itself states that it can be played by 20 plus players. I think this is a bit excessive but 10-12 I can definitely say works well with this game.
The basic set up of the game is that each team takes it in turns to describe as many things from a given category in the 60 second time frame to their team mates. The categories are shown by the colour of the segment which you are in. This could be one of the following: person, world, object, action, nature and random. Now obviously you cannot say things like 'rhymes with...' 'starts with the letter...' and what the word actually is! Depending on how many cards you get through in the 60 seconds will depend on how many places you move forward on the board. The first team to reach the end of the board wins.
Now as I said, this game does get competitive. To get the competitive juices flowing a bit more there are also a couple of segments of the board which allows another team to steal your go! When you land on this segment you have to describe your word to every body and whichever team gets it first gets control of the board.
I really enjoy playing this game as I said I think it is one that every body can get involved with and enjoy. Although it is annoying when you do not know for the life of you what exactly your thing to describe is, I cannot tell you how many times I have picked up a 'person' card and thought "Who on earth is that?". At the beginning of the game as a group you decide how many passes each team can use on their turn, we usually say 2 and have found that is a good number.
It is quick and easy to set up and the game board and pieces themselves are quite durable. One thing I would change about the game set up is the sand timer. When you are really getting into the game it is really easy to forget to look at it. For this reason when me and my friends play we usually put a timer on a mobile phone which makes a noise to alert us the time has passed.
You can buy this board game for between £20 and £25 and can also buy a children's version of the game which I think would be quite fun and educational.
All in all I cannot recommend this game enough. 5 out of 5 stars from me!
Just thinking about playing Articulate sets my heart rate beating faster - it's not just that I am so sad that a board game would have this effect on me, it's more the adrenaline rush this game produces in its players.
The game is played by a minimum of 4 people, in a minimum of 2 teams of 2. But the great thing about this game is that you can play with any number over 4, you just add more teams or more players to the teams. The aim of the game is to get round the board as quick as possible by describing either a person, an action, a place in the world, something in nature, an object or something completely random, to the other members of your team. The board also has a few steps when a spade on, which means that anyone, from any team can guess whatever you are describing, and if someone from another team gets the answer first, that ends your turn and allows them to move forward. This is a really great feature, which often stops one team from racing away with an easy victory, and also really gets you thinking about how you can describe something in a way that only the person/people on your team will know what you are talking about, but no one else in the room will get it first!
Articulate is a great game to play with friends and family, but not so great if you don't know people too well. The game involves shouting out as many ideas as to what your teammate is describing, so if you play with people who are worried about looking foolish, or a bit shy, the game doesn't really work. Having said that, after a few practise rounds most people we've played with get the idea and get involved.
Articulate is a brilliant, fast and frenzied game which is certain to get your pulse racing. Go grab some friends, grab the board and have a great night in!
Articulate has been a firm favourite with my family for many years, being dragged out of the cupboard whenever other families come to visit, and being taken on holiday as evening entertainment. It is a competitive describing game that is played in teams, and relies on quick thinking and extravagant gestures. The beauty of the game is that teams can be formed which combine a variety of ages. In this way the youngest and the oldest can contribute equally, with nobody feeling silly or left out. Articulate is a fast moving, shouting, competitive team game that can leave you helpless with laughter.
Articulate is currently sold on Amazon for around £35.
The game consists of a circular game board with a black spinning arrow which slots into the hole in the middle. The board folds into quarters so that it can fit inside the box. On the board there are different coloured segments which radiate out from the centre. These segments have the words Random, Nature, Object, Action, Person or World on them. The Object segment is light blue, the World dark blue, the Person yellow, etc. The words Start and Finish are written on two adjacent segments, and there are also random white segments with an ace of spades symbol. These are Control segments.
There are also four conical counters (blue, yellow, gold and red), an egg timer and a set of question cards which are kept neatly in their box. On each question card is a colour coded word which corresponds to the coloured segment on the board. A typical example would be P(person) Take That; R (random) heartbreak; N(natural world) Mercury; W (world) Westminster Abbey. Every segment on the board has a corresponding word on the question card.
The questions can become a bit dated or the players get to know the answers, so upgrades can be bought to keep the game fresh. I recently bought Extra Pack number 2 from Amazon for around £15. This helped a lot, as the children looked completely blank when asked to describe Harvey Smith or Tommy Cooper. The new pack includes a much more current and broader list.
The game is made by Drummond Park, and is of good quality. Over years of use, the board, arrow and timer have not suffered any wear and tear. The cards are thick with a shiny surface so that they do not become dog eared or dirty.
The guidance on the game is that it is suitable for 4 to 20+ players, aged 12 and over. I would judge the age range to be pretty accurate; I have played with younger children but they find the game too fast and the questions too difficult.
The object of the game is to work in teams, placing your counter on the start and correctly guessing the answer to the questions that your team mate is answering. The counter is moved around the board, and the first team to reach the finish wins.
Teams can consist of 2 people upwards, but the game is most enjoyable when there are 4 to 6 people in each team. Each time nominates a describer - the rest of the team are guessers. The arrow is spun round until it points to a category; a card is taken out from the front of the pack and the appropriate category is read by the describer.
The opposing team turns the egg timer upside down and shouts Start. The describer must then describe the appropriate word on the card as quickly as possible until their team members guess the correct answer and they can move on to a new card and describe another work in the same category. When the timer runs out, the team counts the number of correct answers and moves their counter around the board the corresponding number of segments.
The rules of describing are that you must not say the letter the word starts with, you may not say the word or any derivative, you must not use Rhymes with or Sounds like clues. You can only use gestures, acting or miming to get your team mates to guess correctly.
If the counter lands on a white control segment, the describer describes the word in the white category to everybody playing and play passes to the first team to shout out the correct number.
The more desperate a team becomes to win, the more hilarious the frustrated describer becomes. Describing words like Bart Simpson ... or Damp ...or Jerking lead to some frantic acting.
This game has been worth every penny I paid for it over the years. It has grown up with my children, and they love it just as much now (as adults) as they did when they were 12. I have seen it brought out when they have their friends over, and we have equally played it with groups of adults at parties. It really is a game for all ages, and after a couple of drinks the describers can come out with some hilarious and desperate gestures which are even more amusing for the opposing teams.
After writing about Bookchase the other day, I thought I should dedicate a day to writing about my favourite board game, Articulate. I first encountered this game in my A-Level English Language class and since then I have been hooked on it!
The purpose of the game is to move around the circular board from start to finish. You achieve this by describing a word on the game cards without saying that word. For example, for the word 'door,' you might say, 'you open it to come in a room.' Once your team members guess the word correctly you can take another card. The number of cards you can correctly guess as a team equates to the number of spaces you can move round the board; the first team to make it all the way round wins.
The spaces on the board represent different categories, including:
* A club symbol (now dubbed super-random)
All teams start on the 'object' space on the board, so they have to guess as many objects correct in the time limit, and then move on that number of spaces. The category that they land on is what they will be describing on their next go. All of the categories appear on the game cards. If you land on the club symbol, you have to check on the game card which category has the corresponding symbol next to it. For every card you pick up this can be a different category.
This game is immensely entertaining, and it has been know for groups of us to stay up well into the night playing it! However, the game can get pretty competitive!
If you looking for a fantastic board game to play with your family over the festive season, then look no further because articulate has it all! As we will all be getting merry with glasses of Eggnog and the like, it is important to choose a game that has simple rules and does not need everyone to move from where they are sitting and gather round the board, you can have a nominated team member to move the counter round the board. It is a great game for including large numbers of participants and even those who usually despise board games are often heard yelling, 'my turn!' and getting particularly excited.
==Price and availability==
The game will last you forever so it worth the money and will cost you about £15.00 from Toy stores and book stores. You can also buy top up cards. My sister plays this game so often she knows the answers so quickly that we had to buy some more cards to make the game fairer!
=="It's a pink wriggly creature and lives in the ground!"==
The game is fun, well natured and competitive! It is mainly for adults though (or very clever children) as some of the famous people included will be before a young person's time.
Interested? Well let's hear how you play...
Articulate is comparable to charades, in that you have to guess what someone is trying to express to you. You can play with any amount of people but four is the bare minimum and simply split everyone into teams. Each team needs at least a guesser and a describer, thus four is the minimum.
The board opens out into a large circle shaped board game and divided into 42 sections that flow clockwise round the board from start to finish Each section has a colour and a corresponding category:
Object (light blue), World (dark blue), People (Yellow), Nature (Green), Random (Red) and Action (Orange).
Each team starts on the 'start' segment and the aim of the game is make it to the finish segment before the other teams. You move by guessing the words on the cards in a set amount of time, the amount of correct words you guess correctly, denotes how many spaces you can move. (I'll explain this in more detail next!)
=="He is a singer with an infamous hip movement and huge quiff!"==
The question cards come in a large cardboard block and are small enough to hold discretely in your hand. The describer should pull out a small wedge of cards from the front of the stack. They now must describe the word on the front card that corresponds to category of the segment they are on, so for example a green Nature word maybe "Tree." You need to describe it so your team can guess it, once they have correctly identified the word, discard the card and describe the next Nature word.
=="It is in America, gives it's name to the Mud pie desert!"==
There is an egg timer to count down the length of time the guessers get. When the timer runs out the team need to count how many cards they guessed correctly and then move forward on the board that amount of segments.
*You can only pass once so no cheating!
*You can't say what letter the word begins with or how many letters in the word!
*You can't say what it sounds like!
*you can't say a word that is derived from the word you are trying to express. For example you cannot say, 'it's a river' for The Mississippi River!
This is a really fun game and provides so much entertainment. It gets everyone in the group engaged and smiling. It is so funny listening to people try to describe things and failing or getting it completely wrong. It is great when people are on the same wavelength as you but really frustrating when you think you have done a great job of describing and they just don't get it!
Articulate! is a board game developed by Drummond Park, and is a great game to have for any social occasion such as Christmas or New Year's Eve. The game requires players get into teams of 2, and these teams have to compete to get all the way round the board. One person in he team gets given a card and has to describe the thing that is written on the card to the other player without saying the word, and the other player has to guess what it is as quickly as possible. He has to guess as many different words as he can before the time runs out, and however many he has correctly guessed indicates how many spaces he can move forward on the board. The words on the cards are divided into 5 categories (People, World, Objects, Actions, Nature, and Random).
The game contains, a board, a spinner, 500 cards, a timer, 4 different coloured playing pieces and instructions. It is for 4 or more players and is intended for people over the age of 12.
Articulate! is great fun, and gets very intense as the game progresses. The key to winning is being as concise as you can in your descriptions. It generally involves people shouting at each other at the top of their voices, and you always get some hilarious answers. The game is especially fun when people are a little drunk. This will liven up any social occasion.
I love words and all sorts of word games. As a family we have spent many hours playing the likes of scrabble and boggle, so when on a walking holiday in the Lakes after a long day in the hills my Aunt introduced us to Articulate I was delighted.
On the box, and mine is looking a wee bit old and battered now, it says Articulate, The fast talking description game. Inside is a circular board with a spinning arrow to attach in the middle of it, 4 different colour cones to use as countered a timer and of course the a pack of question cards.
This is a team game, and within your team you have to have a minimum of a describer and a guesser. No prizes for guessing what you have to do, depending on which category the 'describer' describes the word on the card, without saying the word itself in any form, the guesser has to guess it. As soon as the correct answer is shouted out you move onto the next card, the team then move forward as many sections as they got correct answers within the minute.
The categories are: person, world, Action, Object, Nature and Random. There is also an additional segment with a picture of a spade from a pack of cards on it, if you land on this, the describer has the chance to win back the go so it doesn't pass to the next team, they do this by picking a card, each card has one word for each category and a small spade is will be against one of the categories, this is the word they will describe.
The spinner in the middle is a bit of a waste of time, if you land on certain colours you get a spin, which can result in moving an extra couple of spaces but to be honest we forget about it more often than not, it's really not necessary.
Playing the game with adults
This is probably the best way to play, on the box it says 12 year and over, and this is about right, but it is a great game to play with a group of friends over a Chinese takeaway and a bottle or two of wine. It can get very stressful, and can come up with some really silly answers that will waste most of the minute's description time while you recover from the laughter.
My uncle is far and away the most intelligent man I know, he is a professor of Chemistry at one of our top universities, my cousin was describing and the conversation went like this:
Cousin: It's white and cold and you find it falling from the sky in winter......
Uncle: Ice Cream??????
Then you get some really random correct answers
Cousin: British Comedian er, um, errrr
Friend: Bob Monkhouse (My edition is rather old)
Cousin: What how did you?????
Everyone else: CHEAT you saw the card.... (which was not possible from the places they were sat)
Then you get the 'there is no way anyone is going to recover from this any time soon as the laughter fuelled by the wine is not going to stop'
Friend: A womans top bits followed by a mans bottom bits
Friends hubby looking very confused: Boob balls?
Me, looking over at the card: Wouldn't 'roasting on an open fire have been less obscure?'
There is also the secretive option when you are playing the everyone guessing options, as my cousin looked at me and said:
Where you ended up when you were navigating and trying to get to Longleat!
Me, somewhat sheepishly: Stonehenge
Playing the game with children
This is still good fun and is a great way to get kids talking and playing proper games and thinking about ways to describe things. It does however have its problems, most obviously with the people category and if they are describing (and according to the rules everyone has to take a turn at this) they don't always know who they are, the Bob Monkhouse card being the obvious example. You can of course describe each word or syllable individually but most youngsters would struggle to come up with 'Uncle Beep married to Aunt Alice, a religious person and what we live in' very quickly so the game then becomes harder and there are better games around for them to play which they can manage easier.
You can currently buy Articulate from Amazon at a cost of £22.49 and they have the usual second hand discounts in the marketplace. I'm not sure I'd want a second hand copy though as the cards will become a little out dated, having said that I'm certainly not in any rush to replace mine.
This is a great game for the older family, and if it looks like we're in for a wet summer in a caravan in the middle of a recession, give it a go, it's great fun.
Thank you for reading
Digbycat aka MaryanneH
If your family are anything like mine this is a great addition to your cupboard- with Christmas coming up I would highly recommend you go out and purchase it and enjoy it for the festive period.
I came across this game when I was having dinner at a very good friends house, she whipped the game out after a Sunday roast a few glasses of wine. (This game is funniest after a few drinks).
It is very easy to set up with a simple board, cards, a timer and a spinner and of course the counters. The minimum amount of players is 4 and you need this to make up two teams. Taking it in turns to describe and explain. You make your way around the board landing on different subjects, the team to get to the end wins. You are only allowed a set time and is not as easy as it seems, you obviously can't say the word. (my friends and I make up our own rules and give ourselves 2 minutes not 30 seconds).
Hilarious to see other teams screaming at eachother (usually me and my boyfriend). Mix it up a bit and make your own rules- like not being able to pass, give yourself more time etc. Makes it a bit more fun. I can't begin to tell you the funny times we have had playing this board game, we often find ourselves up until the early house playing as you don't realise where the time goes.
I can't comment on the price as I have not actually bought the product myself only played it, but I am sure you can find them for a little cheaper than in store on Amazon for example.
Can't recommend this highly enough- so so funny!
I have to say that this is the best board game I have played in a long time.
Me and my partner like nothing better than inviting the family round and having an evening at ours playing articulate.
You need to have a minimum of 4 players (2 teams of 2 players) but you can have as many players as you want. It says on the box 20+ players but you could have double that if required.
What's in the box
500 cards with 3000 entries
Quarter fold circular board
4 playing pieces
About the game/How to play
This game is all about describing.
On the board there are 7 different coloured segments, each representing a different category. These categories are Nature, Random, Person, World, a symbol of a spade which means control of the board, Action and Object.
Each team starts on the 'start' segment which is 'Object'. It is up to the teams to decide who will start (although when we play this we use a dice and the highest roll starts).
There are describers and guessers on each team and the describers have to pick a card on their turn and describe whatever is next to their symbol. For example if you were on object, you would describe what was next to the blue 'O'.
When describing you are never allowed to say what letter the word starts with or how many letters it has. You cannot say that something rhymes with or sounds like something either.
You are allowed to mime things as long as you do not mouth the word. You are also allowed to pass on a card if you cannot describe in your category, but you can only do this once for each turn.
Whilst going round the board you may also land on spin segments. These are segments that extend into the centre of the board and are orange or red. If you land on one of these then that team spins the spinner to try and win bonus places.
If the spinner points to a wide green segment then you can move your piece forward 2 segments or another team's piece back 2 segments.
If it points to a thin green segment then you can either move forward 3 segments or another team back 3 segments.
There is no bonus to be won if the spinner lands on an orange or red segment.
When a team gets to the finish segment then the describers on that team have to describe from the spade category (control entry) to all players. If the team that are on the finish line get it right then they win, if the other team win it then the game carries on and they read another control entry on their next turn.
The game is for 12 years and above. I personally think that the game could be more difficult for the younger members of the family, simply because they may struggle with the 'Person' category or the 'World' category. I struggle with these categories and find when playing with the older members of the family, they tend to know a lot more.
You can buy this game from argos at £29.99 which I think is well worth the money.
You can also now buy an extra pack of 500 cards with another 3000 new entries so that the game never gets boring. You can buy this online at argos for £18.99. That does seem quite expensive but is worth the money. If you have played the game a lot then you will get to know all the cards which makes the game no longer fun. With a new pack its like buying a new game.
I would definately recommend this to all my friends.
"Oh it's, you know, the thing where you... umm... come on, you know!"
This is probably the most common form of articulation in our household. However, this does not detract from the endless fun we have had with this game, in fact being terrible is half the hilarity! It's quite a simple game at heart, but it draws on so many skills in order to succeed; knowledge, quick thinking, vocabulary etc. Different people are therefore good at this game in different ways, some people will be able to describe the subject very quickly, some will do so effectively with minimal description. This brings a genuine competitive element into playing the game. Like so many other games out there, this is certainly not a 'no-brainer'.
Although some of the words are simply beyond the knowledge of certain people (e.g. a number of famous names from days-gone-by in the 'people' category may not have ever been heard by a lot of young people), the game is generally very accessible and caters to a broad age-range.
Not only this, but from a practical sense, the game is easy to set up and get going. There is nothing worse than a game which takes forever to prepare and forever again to read the instructions! It makes game playing so much more laborious!
I would definitely recommend this game to any board-game lover, particularly those with a competitive streak and a quick wit.
I love this game!
Ok so I admit I do love board games. Having friends around for dinner and playing a board game is my idea of a really good night - I must be getting older!
You need a minimum of four players (2 teams of 2) but there really isn't a maximum number as a team can be as big as you want! There are four counters so you can have up to four teams.
The aim of the game is to move around the board and the finish first. You move places by describing as many words as possible to your teammates in 30 seconds, without saying "sounds like". There are 6 catergories of questions; world, nature, people, object, random and acions.
Overall, Articulate is quite simple which is why I think it so effective. When you have 14 people round a table, drinking alot of wine and shouting at each other - you really need a game that is easy to play with simple rules! This is perfect! Some categories would be difficult for children but certainly for teenagers to adults.
It is so much fun (some is bound to describe something very randomly) and much more light hearted then trvial pursuits but simpler then cranium.
Articulate (the fast talking description game) is made by the company Drummond Park. You must play in teams (meaning you must have at least four people to play the game in two teams of two) and work your way around the circular board from beginning to end by describing something to your team-mate who has to guess what that something is. There are six subjects categories: World, Person, Object, Action, Nature and Random. Some are easier than others (object is often considered the easiest with world being pretty hard, how do you describe Kampuchea without you and a team-mate both knowing it is the former name of Cambodia). You have 30 seconds to describe as many of whatever the category you have landed on as you can. You can then move your piece the number of spaces that correspond to the number of answers you got correct.
This is a fantastic game that I really cannot praise enough. It is a great game for a party or for family get-togethers as it requires a lot of interaction between people playing the game and provides many opportunities for hilarity to ensue. It is one of my favourite all time games and it is really a great laugh to play and also can help you develop as you must use your brain and think of different ways to present a subject.
It is just unfortunate that I don't get to play the game that often as it requires four players, which can be difficult to gather that many people. Also, it is a bit too difficult for younger players. The game has a recommended player age of 12+, but I believe there is a junior version available.
In the box:
Spinner for the centre of the board
4 coloured playing pieces
500 game cards
Age and number of players:
To play properly you need a minimum of 4 players and 2 teams (although this can be played with 3 or even 2 people). Technically there is no maximum on the number of people or teams you can have although you will need to improvise on playing pieces if you want more than four teams. Although I would recommend having no more than 4 teams just increase the number of people on each team.
The game says for 12yrs+. I would say that children in their early teens may not know a lot of the people, world or nature category (depending on how well educated the children are). Although playing as a family you could use this as an educational tool as well. So I'd say this is best played as a group of adults.
How it works:
The board is circular and divided into different colour segments each with a different category: people, world, object, action, nature, random and spade. You place the pieces on the same starting space which is object. The category your piece is on is the category your team describe on the cards. One person is the describer and the rest of the team guess - the describer rotates each turn. The opposition start the timer (30 seconds) and you describe as many cards in that category, within the time, as possible. You cannot say any part of the word and you cannot do rhymes with, other than that you can say what you want. You are only allowed to pass 1 card each turn. The number of cards that the team get right are the number of moves the counter then takes. The spade space allows one player from that team to read a card to everyone and if their teammates get it first then the team gets a bonus go. This is also how the game is won once a team gets over the finish line.
What I think:
This is game is really fun and suitable for people of all intellects. The rules are simple, it takes little time to set up and a game takes about half an hour to finish (not to quick and not too long). From personal experience this has provided may hours of entertainment at house parties and everyone we've introduced to this has enjoyed it (I would give a warning about noise with this: people really get into it and the volume levels will go through the roof). Also good to play sober or drunk. This is suitable for family as well as friends - I started playing this because it was one of my girlfriend's family's traditions. As well as playing as intended, for geeks like us, you can also have fun playing this as a twosome: me, my girlfriend and best mate have whiled away plenty of time playing this.
One downside can be if you play it a lot you will inevitably end up getting repeat cards (you do have to play a lot to reach this point). Although to help compensate for this problem Drummond Park released an add pack of cards - this was simply an additional box of 500 playing cards to help keep this game fresh. Although, be warned, the person category in this additional pack is a lot tougher as the obvious choices were used in the main game so the people here are generally a lot less well known. The only other very minor downside is that this game is a few years old now so the person category does not include contemporary names.
The best board game I have ever played and for the fun factor this beats most modern electronic forms of entertainment.
I first came across this game at a party. I must admit, I was a bit scared initially- I'm not the most articulate person ever! But it wasn't long until I was really enjoying it, and had forgotten my prehibitions. I loved it so much I bought it for myself, which I don't think I've ever actually done before.
Basically, the game is played by at least 4 people, in 2 to 4 pairs or teams. Within each team, people take it in turns to describe what is written on their card. Each card has six topics- People, Object, World, Nature, Random and Action and you determine which topic you must desribe by where you are on the board. Each describer has a minute to describe as many words/phrases as possible. The number of words/phrases your team manage to guess is the number of places you move round on the board, meaning you usually have to describe a new topic each time.
It's a great game that gets easier through practice. Though it does help if your general knowledge is good- it's difficult to describe something if you don't know what it is! But by looking things up or asking other players, Articulate can really expand your general knowledge.
There is a spinner in the middle which adds a bit of luck into the game- I won't go into it's purpose because when I play I never use it. I think the game is better without it, but it's there if you want it.
Articulate is my favourite game to play, as it seems to have a point to it, as well as it being really funny. I remember my sister becoming really embarrassed after I was describing a volcano; "It's a big mountain with a hole in the top that spews out lava" She looks blank. "It's a natual disaster. Lava, Melanie, LAVA!" Confused, she offered "A flood?" lol
Playing this game will result in loads of laughs, make you brainier and make you more articulate. I highly reccommend.
Available for £24.24 from Amazon, 'Articulate' is by no means the most elaborate of board games, but due to its simplistic beauty, it has to be one of the most entertaining.
Playable with a minimum of four people, the aim is to describe a word listed on one of the playing cards to your teammate within a specified time limit. If your teammate gets the word, then it's onto the next one until the time runs out. To give an example of the gameplay, if I had to describe 'a wasp', I would probably say, 'black and yellow flying, stinging insect' - or something along those lines. I obviously wouldn't be allowed to use the word 'wasp', or use 'rhymes with' or 'sounds like' style clues - but you can do actions if you're willing to look like an idiot. Yes, the game is based on a fairly simple idea, but it's this simplicity which makes it so effective.
The words listed on the playing cards belong to six categories which include; 'Object' (light blue), 'World' (dark blue), 'People' (Yellow), 'Nature' (Green), 'Random' (Red), and 'Action' (Orange). The category which you have to either describe or guess depends on the square colour that your playing piece is sitting on.
I think that the better your general knowledge, the better you will be at Articulate, as some of words (especially in the 'Places' category) can be difficult to describe - for example, I once had 'Accra' on my card - and I struggled to remember that it was the capitol of Ghana.
The game comes with a large cardboard playing surface which allows each team to move their piece from start to finish. The board also houses a spinning device in the middle which determines the bonus moves along the way. This spinner fits loosely onto the board and can often fall out during play, which can be a little frustrating.
Playing the game frequently will result in an expansion of your vocabulary and knowledge - and although the game is recommended for adults, I can't really see which it shouldn't be played by kids.
As an after dinner game, Articulate is really good fun, and can result in hilarity. Each game doesn't last that long, so it can be done and dusted in around half an hour which means that the playing experience never gets really repetitive - recommended.
An explosive quick description game, where the fastest, most detailed describer wins.