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Review: Reverse Charades

Kristen McCarty
United States
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Reverse charades is a simple but ingenious twist on the classic game of charades. The rules are very similar, but instead of one person acting and the team guessing, this time the team acts and one person guesses. Simple change but amazing results.

Game Play

The rules for the game are simple, easy to teach, and easy to learn. Three things that make a great party game! The teams goal is to have the guesser guess as many correct words in 60 seconds as possible. 1 point is awarded for each correct answer. You play until one team reaches that number. Unfortunately one point is lost each time someone makes a noise or mouths a word. So be careful!

My Thoughts!

I love that a simple change can bring about so much. By making the team act charades becomes not just a party game but a team building activity, family bonding time, and even an educational experience. The game only works when you work together. I tried this in my classroom as a energizer activity and I was amazed with the results. At first the students stood alone, acting the word out without looking at their team. The guesser actually had a harder time guessing this way as they watched 10 kids independently act out a word. Then something clicked and they started to work together. It was probably my encouragement, but whatever it was the game went to a new level. They had to work together to win and they did! The game was a success and the kids were talking about it for days, remembering how so and so did this. It was an energizer but it brought them together and made them feel closer as a class.

I played this game once at the beginning of the year and students still ask when we are going to play it again. So I definitely give this one my recommendation. You have to be willing to let go, but the results could be amazing!

Quick Stats:

Designer: Scott & Bryce Porter

Publisher: Gryphon Games

Number of Players: 6 and up

Website: http://reversecharades.com/

Quick Note: There is a Junior Version of this game!

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