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Pick Up Your Party With Pictionary
Member Name: askmeanything
Date: 29/11/12, updated on 01/10/13 (47 review reads)
Advantages: Team fun.
Disadvantages: Some people might take offence at being laughed at!
Pictionary is the game that will pick up a party. I've had tears in my eyes from laughing so much during this game.
Pictionary, by Mattel, needs two to four teams of two or more players and is officially suited for ages twelve upwards. However, we've frequently played with younger children when supported by adults.
I think this board game has been around for about twenty-seven years in the world of games. It's an old family favourite and very good for entertaining the crowds at parties in the home. You see, the more people the more fun you have with Pictionary.
To understand what this game is about think of the game Charades where you have to mine whilst the crowd guesses the word. Now convert the game to sketching on paper and you get familiar play but with an interesting twist.
Open up the board and see how colourful and jolly the whole set up is. There are four bright playing pieces too. It all adds to the party atmosphere.
The two hundred and six cards are divided into five areas which are colour-coded to match the different colours on the squares. These are as follows:
How to Play:
Each team takes it in turn to roll the dice. The piece is moved along the board and where you land determines which category of card you may take. One member of the team must draw a picture, on the provided pad of paper, with the provided pencil, whilst their team looks on. The drawing will depend on the card. For example, if from the animal category of the card you pull out the word, cat, the chosen artist must draw a cat. The rest of the team have to guess the word, or name, which is being illustrated by their team member.
Oh it's not that easy. Firstly, it's not likely to be as simple as a cat. Some cards seem to me impossibly hard to draw. Secondly, the included egg timer is only one minute long. Thirdly, no talking or writing is allowed. That's a lot of pressure on the artist. Fourthly, all the members of the other teams might well be making annoying comments, a common line being, 'Ooh, I know what that is' and then comes the murmurs of agreement, leaving the team, that is having to guess the word, feeling quite incompetent. If you have not been blessed with any drawing ability you'll end up letting your whole team down. It's a good thing you don't have to be the artist every time. We have each team member taking their turn after every new team throw of the dice.
End up on an 'All Play' square on the board then the fun and pressure intensifies because it means the nominated artists from all teams will see the card and all have to draw the word on the card for their team at the same time. Everyone is shouting out the possibilities. It's a noisy affair.
If you have a struggling artist on your team the only way to have a chance of winning the round, and moving forward with a throw of the die, is to either be a mind reader or listen in to the other teams, whilst pretending to be closely observing your team member, so as not to cause offence to your artist. I suggest this because when it's my turn to draw I don't mind people laughing at my attempts but I feel less stupid if they can work out what I've drawn and they really won't be able to do that without listening in to other teams!
Some of the words on the cards are complicated for young and old as well. When people struggle, in our house, we allow someone to stand down from the round so that they can see the card and explain in whispered tones, to the artist. However, we often allow players to just put the card to the back of the pack and to take a new one - sometimes quite a few new cards - before the word or person is recognised by the artist.
The first team to make it to the end of the board wins.
Warning - only play if everyone is in a light mood and prepared to be laughed at. The worse your drawing skills, the more mess you get you, and your team will struggle, and the more egg you'll have on your face. With that in mind, remember, you are not being bullied or undermined just laughed at.
Finally, the price is very expensive. Groan now. If you get a great deal of use out of it will be worth it in the long term. It's a whopping £39.99 on Amazon just now but do shop around in case you can do better.
Summary: Team fun for picking up a party.
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