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Reverse Charades

2nd edition

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Ages Play Time Players
6+ 30 minutes 6 or more

Designer(s): Bryce Porter, Scott Porter

Publisher(s): Gryphon Games

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Product Description

Winner of over 9 awards!

Reverse Charades is a hilarious twist on the classic stand-by game you know — where one person acts out words for the team to guess (boring)! With Reverse Charades, your entire team has 60 seconds to act out as many words as one person can guess. You're guaranteed hours of fun with 720 wickedly hysterical words!

It's fast-paced, fiercely fun team competition that's an absolute riot with families, work teams, school groups, party-goers or among a few close friends.

But be warned... you're in for big and dangerous doses of fun!

See what everyone's raving about at:

  • Split into teams of three or more. Decide on a number of rounds or a point target to win.
  • 1 word guessed correctly = 1 point. Each team has one minute to guess as many words as possible.
  • Each team selects a guesser (everyone gets a turn) and the rest of the team acts out the words.
  • Shhh! Not a peep among the team members.
  • Ready, set, go!

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Product Information


  • 360 Word Cards (with 720 words)
  • 1 Minute Sand Timer
  • Rules Card
Reverse Charades has the following expansions available:
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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 3.8 in 5 reviews

by Ken
Irritated reaction to other review
April 17, 2014

For those who might NOT consider buying this game because a reviewer said this was regular old Charades and nothing new, that reviewer obviously missed something--fun. Yes, in many ways one could say it's normal Charades. It's a timer, a bunch of cards and a box. There's nothing you couldn't come up with yourself. Fact is, they didn't come up with it for, well, the last 150 years or so. This takes Charades, a completely dead game, flips it on its head and turns it into a ragingly funny game. I have not played this with any group that hasn't found it amazingly entertaining. I use it with family, middle school students, high school students, and my own younger (4-10) children. It's a necessary game for every collection.

by DC Diva
Same old charades games - nothing new here
October 23, 2013

I purchased Reverse Charades and took it to a party last weekend. After reading some of the reviews, I had much higher expectations for the game. The game is fine, but there's not much to it. It's simply basic charades repackaged - nothing more. The group was ready to be done after 10 minutes. Maybe it was the group we played with, but nobody thought it was fun. The words were too "trendy" - we didn't even know the meaning of some of them.

For the price I paid, it seems way too high for a deck of cards and a timer. The packaging is nice, but I don't think it's worth the money paid. You're better off making your own words.

by Greg J. Schloesser
A new twist on Charades
August 12, 2013

Design by: Scott & Bryce Porter
Published by: RetroPlay / Gryphon Games
6+ Players, 30 minutes
Review: Greg J. Schloesser

NOTE: This review was first published on the Opinionated Gamers website

Charades has been around for practically forever. It has been played as a parlor game and inserted as an element into dozens of other games. The rules are basically simple: one person silently acts out a word or phrase and his teammates attempt to correctly guess the word or phrase in the allotted time. The game usually results in considerable laughter and lots of fun.

It is a wonder no one has thought of Reverse Charades before this. The concept is easy: instead of one player acting and his teammates guessing, here everyone acts and only one person guesses. It is a simple twist that truly elevates the fun. While it is fun acting, the best part is watching a group of folks attempt to spontaneously coordinate their acting in order to get the teammate to guess the word or phrase. This usually results in uproarious hilarity.

Designed by Scott and Bryce Porter and published by RetroPlay and Gryphon Games, Reverse Charades consists solely of a one-minute timer and a box of two-sided cards, with each card containing a word or short phrase. Players are divided into teams, with players on a team alternating performing and guessing the words. As in traditional Charades, players may not utter words, but they may use props. The object is to guess as many words as possible within the one minute time frame, with one point being scored for each correctly identified word. The first team to score a predetermined amount of points is victorious. Alternatively, the game can be played over a set number of rounds.

Reverse Charades certainly delivers buckets-full of amusement and laughter. There is a race to perform and identify as many words as possible within the short one-minute time frame. Since there is no consultation or planning allowed amongst the performers, it is hilarious to see how each person chooses to pantomime the word or phrase. It is also amazing how often people think alike and quickly act as a unified team, pantomiming Heimlich maneuvers, water skiing, pillow fights, etc. Most words or phrases are fairly easy, which keeps the proceedings moving along at a frenzied pace. Occasionally, however, a word is so difficult that no matter how hard a team tries, the word cannot be identified. This can be frustrating and cause a team to fall hopelessly behind. A reasonable house rule would be to allow a team to pass on a word after a certain amount of time – say ten seconds or so.

That little concern aside, what we have in Reverse Charades is an excellent party game suitable for just about any age. The game works great and is terrific fun to play. Break it out at any get-together or party and you are guaranteed to inject a major dose of fun, laughter and excitement. It is everything a party game should be.

by Stephanie Larsen (MN)
Not enough cards
July 01, 2012

This game is fun if you like charades. I've found that most people don't. I've played this game at a few parties with friends and we're already starting to repeat cards. It was fun while it lasted.

Giving traditional Charades a real twist
May 30, 2012

We've always enjoyed party games like Charades and Guesstures, in which teams of players try to guess words that one team member is acting out. You need the right group, but with kids, teenagers, and even adults, it can be a blast. But now along comes a party game that turns this idea somewhat on its head. Instead of one person acting and the rest of the team guessing, the entire team acts and one person guesses! That's it - that's the simple concept behind Reverse Charades, a new game that's just come out from Retroplay and Gryphon Games. And let me tell you, it works. This small twist to the classic game somehow successfully turns a good game into an even better one!

Charades is funnier with more people acting at once. A good actor can be funny to watch, for example imagine someone acting out "vacuum", "doggie paddle", "changing a diaper", "pillow fight", or "mouse trap". But these can become twice as funny when you have a group combining to act them out. For example, with "changing a diaper" you can have one team member being the baby, while another one pretends to change the diaper. Also imagine having four people at once acting "doggie paddle" or "ants in your pants" - it becomes even more hilarious than just having one person act it out!

But there are more advantages: Because multiple people are acting out words at once and together, the words are usually easier to guess. It's also more friendly for the self-conscious person in the crowd. The good thing with Reverse Charades is that it takes away the pressure of being a solo performer - instead of just one person acting, most of the team is! This helps people loosen up and lose their inhibitions, and also takes away the focus from one individual who may have social inhibitions.

This edition differs slightly from the "Junior Edition" - about half of the more difficult words from "Reverse Charades" have been replaced in the Junior edition to make them more suitable for children as young as 6, so that edition might make a good alternative for families. Aside from that, these two editions are identical, so both are good choices.

EndersGame, BGG reviewer

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