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You’ve Been Sentenced Review (McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds Inc.)

What It Is

In You've Been Sentenced, players use a hand of 10 cards to build sentences and score points based on the words used. Most words are worth five points, but some of the more unusual or difficult words are worth even more. The sentence must be grammatically correct and a justifiable sentence.

Once each player has taken 10 cards, players work at the same time to create their sentences. Sentences can be as short as two cards or as long as 10 cards. Once the first person forms a sentence, he turns over the sand timer and places it on top of his completed sentence. All of the remaining players have until the timer runs out to come up with an acceptable sentence. When time runs out, each player reads his sentence aloud to the Jury (the rest of the players) who can object to the sentence if it contains a grammatical error or doesn't make sense. The player who created the sentence can defend it. Then the jury votes on whether or not to accept the sentence. Accepted sentences score points: all words used are worth their marked point value (5, 10, or 20). Wild Cards are worth 0 points. Bonus points can be earned if a player is the first to start the timer and have their sentence accepted or if a player is able to use all 10 cards from their hand in a single accepted sentence. The first player to reach 200 points wins.

You've Been Sentenced comes with a 540-card word deck, a score sheet pad, a sand timer, a pencil, and instructions. It is for three to 10 players.

Is It Fun?

You've Been Sentenced is a fun word game that challenges players to build some creative but grammatically correct sentences. It's a great game to play in the classroom to help children use various parts of speech and judging grammatical correctness. But it's also a lot of fun to play with family and friends at home. It's hilarious to hear the sentences that everyone else comes up with.

Who It’s For

You've Been Sentenced is for ages 8 and up.

What To Be Aware Of

Additional You've Been Sentenced card packs are available in a variety of themes.

  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy