Telestrations Upside Drawn
Overall Rating: 7/10
GLAM Age Range: 6-Adult
Number of Players: 4-12
Playing Time: 20 min
Publisher: The OP
Available At: Amazon.com
Quick Take: Thank you Tryazon for giving us this game to test out! Basically this game is Pictionary plus a unique drawing rule - one person holds the pen, the other holds the board. The person holding the board moves it under the pen in order to create a drawing so their team can guess a clue. It's a fine choice for a social game and we really like that it's easy to get the whole family involved because kids can hold the pen while the adult is responsible for drawing the clue. However, the original version of Telestrations is SO GOOD and is basically a drawing game version of Telephone and that is lost in this spinoff version of the game. If your family loves drawing games and can't get enough of them, add this to your collection, but I would get original Telestrations first. Points for high quality boards and pens included in the game, I love a whiteboard that actually erases easily!
How to Play: Your goal is to guess the most words or phrases correctly. Divide into equal teams. A person rolls the die and whatever icon comes up is the category on the card that will be selected. There is a point value depending on the difficulty of the word or phrase. On each round someone from your team will hold the pen and someone will get to look at the card know the word and serve as the guide. Each team has a guide, each team has an artist, and the rest of the team serves as guessers. The guide will hold the board under the pen and move the board around to create a drawing, the only words they are allowed to say are "up" or "down" to let the artist know when to pick the pen up and when to place it back down. Whichever team guesses the word or phrase correctly first gets the points. Whoever has the most points at the end of the game is the winner!
Variations: We just had one person draw per round and both teams guessed based on the one drawing. It just made things a little easier for us. We also completely ignored the rule that you were supposed to have the drawing board touching the table at all times and held it up so that the person holding the board could have more control while drawing and didn't have to tell the artist to hold the pen up or put the pen back down. It's technically illegal but it was still very challenging to draw something so we felt like we were okay.
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