Are you a pop culture junkie? Put your knowledge to the test with Us Weekly the Game and the MTV The Throwback Music Party Game.
If your entertainment love skews more toward celebrity news, then you'll want to play Us Weekly the Game, based on the popular entertainment magazine. The object of this game is to be the first team to collect a celebrity from all eight categories. Those categories include TV Stars, Actors, A-List Influencers, Multi-Award Winners, Random, Actresses, Icons, and Musicians. The game starts with a Celeb Buzzer Battle. Two players will go head to head in this competition, flipping over one of the Head-to-Head cards to reveal a clue, such as Celebs Who Have a Famous Son or Daughter. The first player to think of a correct answer shouts it out and hits the buzzer. Now the opposing player has 15 seconds to think of another correct answer. Play goes back and forth until one player runs out of time thinking of an answer. The team that won round one gets an advantage in round two, which is called Triple Charades Jeopardy. The winner from round one draws nine celebrity cards, keeps three for his team and gives his opponent the remaining six. The opponent chooses three of those cards to keep. Now, each player has 30 seconds to get their teams to guess the celebrities on the cards by either describing them, acting out the celebrity, or using just one word. The winning player's team goes first, and then the losing player's team plays. When a team guesses a correct celebrity, they keep that card. Play continues with new team members in the Celeb Buzzer Battle each round until one team wins eight cards.
MTV The Throwback Music Party Game plays in a similar way, with the object of this game to be the first team to collect an artist from all cassette tape categories. Categories include The Brits, Award-Winning Videos, Best of Unplugged, Pop Anthems, Hip Hop Hits, Headbangers, Teenage Angst, and Queens of MTV. For this game, you'll need knowledge of music from the '80s, '90s, and '00s. There's a quick-fire buzzer round between two players from opposing teams. They flip over a head-to-head card to reveal a song category, and the first player to think of a song shouts it out and presses the buzzer. The next player has 15 seconds to think of an answer. If time runs out before the player can come up with something, that player loses. The winner then draws nine Artist Cards from the deck, picks three to keep, and gives the rest to the losing player. The loser picks three to keep and discards the rest. Then the players have 30 seconds to get their teams to guess the artists on each card using one of three different methods: in one word, speaking lyrics from one of the artist's songs, or performing by humming, whistling, or scatting one of the artist's songs. The winning player's team goes first, and then the losing player's team goes. When a team guesses a card correctly, they keep that card. Play continues with new team members in the buzzer battle each round until one team wins eight cards.
These games remind us very much of the gameplay in Big Potato Games' Blockbuster Party Game. Which is great because that game was a lot of fun for movie buffs, and now the same fun can be had for celebrity junkies and music fans. The artwork on the game boards and cards is really fun and reminiscent of the Us Weekly and MTV brands, which is another plus for fans.
As with all trivia games, it's fun to see just how much you know, and you might learn something new while you play. It'll also be interesting to see how people give clues using only the three methods of clue-giving. Because of that aspect, these games definitely offer a challenge and the potential for lots of laughs.
Both games are for four or more players ages 14 and up. It'll be helpful to play with people who know celebrities and music.
The timer in both games requires two AAA batteries.
2 AAA batteries required
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