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Hasbro: Funglish – Review

August 11, 2011

Publisher Hasbro
Genre Family Party Game
Number of Players 3+
Play Time Set by players
Initial Review Date 8/11/11
Last Updated 8/11/11
FAQ
Files/Tools
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This is a party game that is most similar to taboo. You have a list of words that you are trying to get people to guess. However, scoring is such that you don’t have teams which in some ways makes this game more versatile than other party games as you don’t need to worry about having an even number of players.

Gameplay

So, the way this game works is you have a prop board with three categories.

  • Defintely
  • Kind of
  • Not

Then laid out in front of you are a bunch of words. Each of which is printed on individual nameplates.

to get people to guess the word on your card you grab nameplates and put them on the prop board into the different categories. This is the only way you are allowed to give clues. Once a player guesses the word you can tell them they got it right, empty your board and then move on to the next word.

Each nameplate is colored based on the type of word that it is. In this way all of the color words can be grouped together, as can materials, etc. In this way it is easier to find the words that you are looking for.

The object of course is to get players to guess as many words as possible before the timer runs out.

Winning the game

To eliminate the need for teams you score points for getting people to correctly guess your words. You get one point for every word that is guessed correctly. You also  get 1 point if you are the first player to guess a word correctly. Additionally, if  you have every word on your card guessed then you score 1 extra point as the hint giver. So in this way even if you aren’t very good at guessing, if you are good at giving clues you stand a reasonable chance of winning.

The winner is determined after a so many rounds of  play. There is not a set number of rounds to the game though as this is decided by the players at the start of the game.  This is also why no actual play time is given as it can take as little or as much time as the players like to play.

Conclusion

The game is really easy to learn and play. Yet despite it’s simplicity it is actually a lot of fun. I think part of this is because the words you can use are already pre-chosen meaning that it is less about having a big vocabulary and more about being able to use the vocabulary you’re given effectively. After all, the faster you can get people to guess the more words you’ll get though.

If you enjoy party games like Taboo, Pictionary or Password I’d recommend giving this one a try.


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