Catch Phrase game
by Amanda Nettgen
Electronic Catch Phrase game (Second Edition)
Board game manufacturer:
Number of players:
4 or more (possible with less)
Adult (but I think some kids would be able to play, too)
Catch Phrase is a verbal party game similar to the other Hasbro game, Taboo. You’ll like this game if you enjoy games like Scattergories, or if you simply love group laughter.
The game and gameplay
If you’ve ever watched the TV show Password, you’ll have an advantage when it comes to understanding how Catch Phrase works.
Basically, when it’s your team’s turn, the leader will scroll through the various categories and get to select exactly the subject and word they want to describe to their teammates.
Pretty much any verbal clue (or body language!) is allowed, except for rhyming with the answer, stating the first letter, or slipping any part of the word.
When your team guesses correctly, the electronic Catch Phrase console is passed to the next team. Hurry, though, because if your team gets stuck with the game unit when the timer goes off, the other team will score a point.This “grab it, guess it, pass it game” (as the package calls it) is a snap to set up, as the only pieces are the instructions and game console. As long as you have fresh batteries and everyone has a working knowledge of the game play, you’re good to go.
The categories of the game include: Entertainment, Food, Places, Sports & Games, Sci-Tech, The World, and Everything. The winner is the team who scores seven points first via “hot potato” luck.
Pros and cons
Catch Phrase is not only a party pleaser, it’s a great game for on the go. You could play it in the car with your family, for example, as there’s no clean up to speak of.
The game shuts off automatically after five minutes, which is nice because it saves battery life. The beeping timer is rather loud and annoying and could possibly be distracting for some, though.
Another good thing is that it’s possible to play this game with only two people so long as you’re both able to be honest when it comes to scoring points. You can play with each party giving clues to the other, and if the clue recipient gets it right, the giver gets a point.
I wouldn’t call The Catch Phrase game the best party game ever, but it can definitely be fun. It has the potential to be just one of those games that sits on your shelf if you don’t have many social functions, however.