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12+ 60 minutes 2-6

Publisher(s): Mattel

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Product Description

Categories contain real but unbelievable content about People, Words, Initials, and Movies. Players make up phony answers, read them off along with the correct answer, and others vote on which answer is real. Score points for guessing correctly and for bluffing the other players. Grab the bull by the horns and play Balderdash, the game that's hilarious beyond belief

Product Information

  • Publisher(s): Mattel

  • Year: 2017

  • Players: 2 - 6

  • Time: 60 minutes

  • Ages: 12 and up

  • Weight: 755 grams

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.2 in 5 reviews

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Funny game that gets tedious after awhile
September 20, 2005

Consider this review as being for both the original Balderdash and Beyond Balderdash, as they are so similar. The only difference between the two is that "Beyond" has categories so you aren't just making up definitions to words.

I must say that adding the categories does make Beyond Balderdash a bit more fun, but it still lacks something. We used to play this game all the time when we needed a party game. Everyone had so much fun and we laughed and really enjoyed ourselves.

Something happens, though, as time wears on. People lose their creativity. There are only so many fake ideas you can come up with before you are burned out. Now Balderdash has become one of those games we dread playing, because no one can come up with decent answers.

It's been a long time since we have played Balderdash now, so perhaps we will be able to play a new game and have fun again, but I'm not sure. We are spoiled now having played so many other games of the same style that are better.

If you have never tried Balderdash then I would recommend you get it for occasional gameplay. If you don't play too regularly it should remain fresh and fun. If you are like me and have reached a point where you have tired of Balderdash, then try another party game. Better games with the same style of gameplay include Wise and Otherwise or Why Did the Chicken...?.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
Be rewarded for being full of it
April 16, 2004

If you have a family or a group of friends that can be at once knowledgeable and loopy, Balderdash and Beyond Balderdash are the perfect games. I was introduced to this one by a family member at an annual getogether in the Adirondack Mountains. There are usually fifteen to twenty of us ranging from ten to sixty-six years of age. The Balderdash series gives us a chance to be clever or stupid or both. Our college graduates had clever definitions. Our brain trauma family member had some hilarious definitions. Who knew there was a word for..

'The act of watching an old man put on swim trunks.'

Our family plays a lot of games and this one had us roaring so loudly that we scared away black bears from a dumpsite! Another great thing about these games is that 'the more the merrier' really applies to it. The more definitions you come up with the better the game.

The only drawback comes with folks who are shy. Balderdash insists that you be bold.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
by Dave
Fun family bluffing game
December 26, 2003

Balderdash is not a game I take to gaming groups, but rather one to play with the relatives at family gatherings.

Each player takes a turn drawing a card with an obscure word (i.e. 'hemi-demi-semi-quaver'), and the other players make up a fake definition for that word to fool everyone else, often with hilarious consequences.

The one down-side to this game is that it can often take too long for someone to think of a phony definition while everyone sits and waits. I suppose that a house-rule time limit could solve this problem.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.

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