Pictionary Review (Mattel)

What It Is

The classic game of Pictionary gets an update with markers, erasable boards, and a new pop culture category. 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's being drawn. But instead of drawing with pencil and paper, in this game you get to draw with a marker and erasable board. You still only get one minute to draw and guess, though.

The game also comes with two decks of clue cards: 120 adult cards and 80 junior cards. The adult cards feature five words representing five different categories: Object, Person/Place/Animal, Action, Difficult, and the newest category Popular Culture. The junior cards feature five kid-friendly clues that all relate to the category stated on the top of the card.

On your team's turn, the person drawing picks a card from the appropriate card deck and must draw the word that matches the color of the space on which the team's pawn rests on the board. If the team correctly guesses the word, they roll the die, advance that number of spaces on the board, and continue playing with a new artist and card. Once that team fails to guess a word in the one-minute time limit, the team's turn is over, and play passes to the other team.

Certain spaces on the board are Wild, which means the artist can choose any word on the card to draw, and other spaces are All Play spaces, which means both teams will participate in guessing the clue at the same time.

A team wins the game if they reach the last All Play space, have control of the die, and win the All Play.

Pictionary comes with 120 adult cards, 80 junior cards, two card boxes, four category cards, two erasable markers, two erasable boards, a game board, two movers, a sand timer, a die, and instructions.

Is It Fun?
This updated version of Pictionary will continue to be a staple at parties and family game nights. While the new way to draw and the new category are great additions, the basic gameplay hasn't changed, which fans of the original will be happy to know. And we like that with the two sets of cards, this is a game that the whole family can play together.
Who It’s For
Pictionary is for eight or more players ages 8 and up divided into two teams.
What To Be Aware Of

The markers may stain or stick to some surfaces. It's recommended that you protect your play area before use.

You'll need tissues or paper towels to wipe off the boards after each round.

  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy