Family Charades

Overall Rating: 9/10

Age: 5+

GLAM Age Range: 4-Adult

Number of Players: 3+

Playing Time: 15 min

Publisher: Chuckle & Roar

Complexity: Low

Available At: Target.com

Quick Take: If you want a guaranteed fun, laugh out loud family game night, get this game. There's a reason charades is a classic. I love that this version includes cards for both regular charades and switch charades, where a group acts out the clues and one person guesses. If you have overexcited small children who want to act out a lot of clues and hate having to wait a long time for their turn, the switch charades option will be a lifesaver. And on the classic charades cards there are even pictures for the top word on the card, which makes it so kids who aren't able to read yet can still play the game without help. Love it! This is one of my top choices for a mixed age family game night.

How to Play: Act out as many clues as you can before the time runs out. According to the official rules the guessing side gets to shout out the number the actor must perform for their turn: 1, 2, or 3. If they choose the number two the actor will perform this number on the current card and on any additional cards they have time to act out within the 60 seconds on the timer. The game ends when everyone has had two turns as an actor. For switch or reverse charades, the same rules apply except a group of people act out the clues and just one person guesses. The game ends when everyone has had two turns as a guesser. Tally up the number of correct guesses (1 pt each) and whoever has the most points at the end is the winner.

Variations: With younger kids we focus more on the acting and less on the points. Switch Charades was the favorite option by a landslide and we split into two groups and took turns seeing if we could act out all three clues on a card before the time ran out. So it was more of a cooperative game and no one cried at the end!! We had a team acting and a team guessing and then they would swap. Super easy, super fun for all involved.

Similar Games To Check Out: Werewords, Codenames, Reverse Charades, Apples to Apples, Hedbanz

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