Maskarades Review (Galactic Sneeze)

What It Is

Charades meets drawing games with Maskarades. Whenever it's your turn to act out a character, you've got to wear the Dry-Erase mask and draw the character's face on it. You won't be able to see what you're drawing, but the other players will, and they'll be trying to guess your character before time runs out in order to score points. 

On your turn, draw a card and silently choose one of the three characters on the card. Put on the mask, and as soon as another player turns over the timer and yells "Go!", you start drawing on your mask and making body movements to get the other players to guess who you are. Just like in regular Charades, no talking, no noises, and no writing letters or words.

If someone correctly shouts out the character, you and the correct guesser each score one point. If no one guesses correctly before time runs out, nobody scores. After each player has taken five turns Maskarading, tally up the points on the scorepad, and the player with the most points wins.

If you have a bigger group to play with, you can break up into teams, with each Maskarader trying to get their team to correctly guess, while the opposing team watches the timer.

Is It Fun?

We love the concept of this game, but it's definitely going to be challenging. How are you going to draw or act out Lin-Manuel Miranda or a real estate agent? We do like that you can choose whichever of the three characters on the card that you want, which makes the game easier for younger players or players who might not be up on their pop culture. The quality of the drawings is probably going to be low, depending on who you're playing with, so don't spend too much time drawing. Your actions are still going to be key in helping players determine your character. Trying to blindly draw a face on a mask is just a silly new aspect to the traditional fun of Charades.

Who It’s For

The game is for three or more players ages 8 and up. The game can be played with individual players or teams.

What To Be Aware Of

The game includes a Dry-Erase Mask, a Dry-Erase Marker with built-in eraser, 120 cards with 360 characters, a 60-second sand timer, a score pad, and a pencil.

It's kind of uncomfortable to wear the mask, especially if you wear glasses, so you might want to take those off when it's your turn to Maskarade. 

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  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy