Every once in awhile, a family friendly board game comes out that we fall in love with. The latest one that we have discovered is Telestrations! I was sent this game for review and my husband, kids and I played this the other night and had a blast! What is Telestrations?
In this laugh out loud sketch, pass and guess game that’s a fun twist on the classic “telephone game,” everyone plays at the same time. Each player gets their own erasable sketch book, dry-erase marker and word card. A roll of the die determines each player’s secret starting word. The timer gets turned and everyone draws their word. After 60 seconds, everyone passes their book to the player on their left. Then each player takes a few seconds to guess what they see, and passes again. The timer is turned and everyone draws what they see. This play continues until everyone’s sketch book passes by every player and returns back to its original owner, where it’s time to see what happened to each secret word. Points can be scored if the last guess matches the secret word, and for favorite sketch & written guess in each book. Just like the game of “telephone” or whatever you called it as a kid, the outcomes are unpredictable and the laughter is endless! What is the “Telephone Game”: A classic game often played by kids. In the “telephone game,” (also known as “operator,” “grapevine,” & “gossip”) as many players as possible line up so they can pass along messages. The player at the beginning of the line whispers something to the next player. Then that person passes on the message to the next player. The passing continues until it reaches the player at the end of the line, who calls out what she heard – which is often amusingly different from how the message started. The “telephone game” has no winner; the entertainment comes from comparing the messages!
Since I don’t draw very well, it was especially hysterical. It doesn’t really matter if you are an artist or not, this game is fun! I love that it is something the whole family can enjoy, and best of all? There is no “winner” or “loser”. It is just plain good old-fashioned fun!
Here is a fun video that will give you an idea of how Telestrations is played:
I highly recommend Telestrations for kids, adults with kids, or anyone else who loves to draw or just laugh!
Telestrations is for ages 12+, for 4-8 players. Telestrations has a suggested retail price of $29.95 and is available at specialty retailers such as Barnes & Noble, Borders, Go! Game Stores, Amazon and JCP.com.