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Taboo meets Charades, with 10 times the fun.
on January 23, 2013
Last night my smaller game group tried Time's Up: Title Recall! It ended up being the funniest and most engaging party game I've ever played, and I rarely use such lavish praise.
The short description is that it's a mix of Taboo and Charades. You start with a stack of 40 titles (movies, tv shows, books, etc). You're going to work through these titles, every single one, 3 times.
You're divided into teams of 2, and in Round 1 you have to get your partner to guess the title. You can say pretty much anything, with a few exceptions. You also can't pass. After 30 seconds, you keep the cards you got and hand the leftover stack to the left. Once the stack is empty you tally up the cards, reshuffle them, and move to Round 2.
In Round 2 you now have to get your partner to guess the title by saying 1 word, after which you can gesture as in Charades all you want. Your partner only gets 1 guess before you have to move on to the next card. You can pass if you want. Again, once the cards have all been claimed the round ends and you tally points.
By Round 3 you can't say anything to get your partner to guess, and like Round 2 they get 1 guess. It's charades only. It would be pretty hard to get someone to guess anything in 30 seconds normally, but thankfully the first 2 rounds have familiarized everyone with not only the titles available, but the most obvious ways to describe them in a short time. Again, after the last card you tally and score.
It may not sound that funny from the description, and it starts out slow, but by Round 3 the group has established their own shorthand ways to describe the limited titles, many of which will end up being quickly formed in-jokes from previous rounds. For instance, in Round 1 the clue for "The Last Supper" was "A painting of Jesus having dinner." In Round 2 that became "Jesus" with the player's arms open to either side as in the painting. In Round 3 the cluegiver just spread their arms open and it worked.
The short time you have available forces you to be really creative with your clues in Round 2 and 3, there are many moments of revelation when you get what a Guesser missed and hope you get that card when it comes around again.
It's hard to explain just why this game is so funny, but by the end of an admittedly long party game (90 minutes), our players were red-faced and weak from laughter. Despite the length, we played 3 full games and they flew by. If you want to get a group of friends, family, or strangers invested in a party game, this is the title to get.