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Time's Up!

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Ages Players
12+ 4 or more

Designer(s): Peter Sarrett

Publisher(s): R&R Games

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Product Description

Racing through the Deck of Fame, your team competes in 3 hilarious rounds to collect the most celebrities. Time is ticking... and you're scrambling to get your partner to identify the name on your card. They had at least 15 minutes of fame.... You have 30 seconds.... Do whatever it takes to get the most celebrities on your side before... TIME'S UP!

Product Awards

Major FUN
Award Winner, 2004
Mensa Best Mind Game Award
Best Mind Game, 2000

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Peter Sarrett

  • Publisher(s): R&R Games

  • Year: 2000

  • Players: 4 or more

  • Ages: 12 and up

  • Weight: 836 grams

  • All-Time Sales Rank: #31

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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.5 in 36 reviews

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Even better than Celebrities!
December 06, 2009

This is one of the best party games that has ever been designed. Our family has been playing it since the beginning of time. We called it Celebrities, and played by having each person write out several celebrities names on small sheets of paper. But the professional produced version removes this first step. All you do is shuffle the cards, deal out the right number, and start playing!

For those of you who do not know Celebrities... read on

Celebrities (and Time's Up) is played in teams of two. When it is your turn, you have 30 seconds to go through as many cards as possible. The goal is to get your partner to say the name of the people on the cards you draw. You get 1 point per card. There are three rounds in the game. During each round, you are allowed to do something different when trying to get your partner to name the person on the card you drew:

Round 1) Taboo: you may say anything you want except for he names on the card. 2) Password: you may only say 1 word along with gestures 3) Charades: you may not say anything. All you can do is gesture.

You go through the same names during each round, so the players get increasingly familiar with the names that are in the game. The fun part of the game is that players will refer to previous rounds in order to communicate who is on the card. So there will be a lot of self-referential inside jokes that take place during the game. Hilarity is bound to follow.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
A new favorite
October 11, 2009

I've played this game with four different groups of people, from serious gamers to casual players, and all have enjoyed it immensely. The obscurity of many of the names to be guessed can be daunting at first (who the heck is "Salada"?), but as other reviewers have noted, the more challenging cards often result in the most clever, and funniest, clues. At first we thought the 30-seconds-per-round rule must be a misprint, but we discovered this was just the right amount of time, especially after players have seen the cards several times. It was only because of the many positive reviews that I took a chance and bought this game, and I'm glad I did. For people who aren't afraid to act silly, this is a top-notch game that will have you laughing out loud.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
A Great Party Game
July 21, 2009

I am one of those gamers that prefers strategy games to party games any day. So many of the party games in existence are about the fun experience more than the competition, but when I become aware of the futility of trying to win and find myself more irritated than entertained, I know the game isn't working.

I also live in a household full of party gamers, so when I can find a game where I am laughing and having a good time so that I am not trying to compete, I have found a winner. Time's Up! is like that. Yes, there is a scoring mechanism, but in the end no one cares because it is about the process.

The game is a combination of charades and Password with a great deal of memory recall as you play the same cards in all rounds. By the end, you will actually come away having learned a little trivia but more than likely you will recall the funny way someone acted out Britney Spears or Albert Einstein.

Not so easy to locate any more, but worth the search.

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