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25 Words or Less: People, Places, Things
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- Deck of 288 cards, countdown board, timer, instructions
- Fun, fast-paced game
- Challenging, good for group play
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You are able to do everything you can in any word/trivia game - and that is show off your great skill of punny and clever clues. Keeping tract of your clues in your head, though, (counting and recounting) is, I think, the most suspensful & nerve racking part. Watch out for an abundance of laughter and bonding when your best friend or spouse rides the same brain wave and gets exactly what your talking about..."Stem Corona...STEM CORONA? ...um, um..."ROOT BEER"
Fantastic game - Game of the Year for Games Mag and everything. Small, compact, etc. Just be sure that your playing with a bunch that will be familiar with some obscure words.
25 Words or Less is a wonderful party game for any age group ranging from kids to grandparents. The instructions are easy to understand, so you can start playing as soon as you open the box. Two teams face off trying to get their team to guess the secret words (ranging from boat to M*A*S*H) on a card using a limited number of clues. With time running out and only three clue words left, only the perfect clue will do.
An appealing part of this game is that it isn't based on trivia, luck, or even artistic skill. If you can give clues to your teammates and describe words quickly, then you can play this game. When I first played the game with relatives, I was amazed at the fact that everyone played even my seven-year-old cousin.
Another great feature about the game is the bidding for the cards. You can't simply use all 25 words. That would be too simple. You have to outbid the other team in order to even try giving the clues. I've played games where I had to give the clues to all five words on the card with only a total of nine words of clues. Trust me, it can get fairly difficult even for adults who think they know everything. Plus if you don't know all of the words, let your opponent take it and try their luck.
This game is for people of all ages. I have played this with my younger cousins and my friends at college. So far, everyone has enjoyed the game enough to ask for a re-match. Kids, college students and adults alike will enjoy this game if they like a fast-paced contest with their friends.
The game has two parts: the bid (in which one bidder from each team bids the total number of words she will use --a la "Name That Tune"-- to get her teammates to guess all five words on a gamecard) and the play (in which the winning bidder offers clues to his teammates hoping to get them to say all five words within a minute for final point-possession of the card.)
We often play with three to a team instead of two. It's more fun. The bids rarely end above 13 and often get down to 7, though when the bids are that brazenly low they are almost always defeated!
Have you ever heard of a "kenning?" Ok, it's an english-class term, but it's useful strategy in this game. It is the combination of two formerly unconnected nouns to convey the idea of another noun. For example, in the Odyssey, Homer refers to deer as "heather-steppers" and means deer. In the game, this approach makes those two-word clues quite accessible: who could mistake the intention of "Kennedy-killer" or "Robin's Boss"? However, how many clue-words would it take you to get someone to say "loafer", "tinsel", "window pane" or "Dallas Cowboys"? Can't resist trying, can you? Once all of the players get the hang of it, the game is very competitive and a lot of fun for all.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Holidays so hectic that we were unable to "fullly" test the game but initial reactions were positive.Published 18 months ago by David D. Ogle
Love this game! It's hard to find and I was happy to find it in new condition for such a great price!Published 19 months ago by Jill Johnson
This was not an original game . It appeared to be hand made replica .... I was very dissapointed !!!!Published 19 months ago by jackie
We love this game!!! Great when you have company. You need 4 or more to play. Perfect for couples over for a dinner party.Published on January 3, 2014 by Kristen Gessel
So much fun! if you love word games as I do, you'll be crazy about this one. Players are surprised that they can get teammates to respond to so few clues so quickly.Published on June 4, 2013 by Phyllis Kirigin
I love it. Have it since the 1997 version and just looked it up to see if people are still selling it. Read morePublished on April 13, 2012 by Lorena Flores
I just played this game for the first time at a party the other night. We had so much fun I got on Amazon the next day and bought it. Read morePublished on December 12, 2011 by Rebecca M.