Pictionary Review (Mattel)

What It Is

The classic game of Pictionary has been updated making it even more fun for the whole family. Just like traditional Pictionary, players have to draw, or attempt to draw, the word featured on the card they choose, and their team has to guess what it is they're drawing. Quick sketches usually lead to some hilarious guesses and lots of laughs. In this updated version, a new game board allows for faster gameplay, averaging about 30 minutes per game. There are also two levels of clues: 1,200 adult clues and 800 junior clues, making it more kid-friendly and a game that everyone can play together. Some examples of adult clues are "Flash in the Pan" and "guacamole." Junior cards have clues listed under specific categories, such as "Jack O' Lantern," "witch," and "mask" under Halloween, and "hamster wheel," "birdcage," and "leash" under Pet Accessories. The game is recommended for two to four teams with an equal number of players on each team. However, we found that play is quicker and more exciting when there are fewer teams with more players per team.

Is It Fun?

Pictionary continues to be a great game for parties or family game nights. Fans of the original game will appreciate that the rules and overall gameplay haven't changed much, and many fans, especially younger ones, will welcome the shorter 30-minute length of the game.

Who It’s For

Pictionary is for ages 8 and up.

What To Be Aware Of

Another new update to Pictionary comes in the form of Pictionary Frame Game, also from Mattel and sold separately.

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  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy