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How to play Catch Phrase

Learn the rules to the board game Catch Phrase quickly and concisely – This visually rich video has no distractions, just the rules.

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The object of the game is to be the first team to reach 7 points. Setup. Divide the players into two teams. It can be useful to have everyone sit in a circle, alternating players from each team., but this isn’t mandatory. Pick a team and player to start, that will be team 1, and the other team will be team 2. Give the catch phrase game unit to that player.

Wake up the game by pressing the start/stop button. Reset the score to 0 by pressing and holding down the “team 1 score” and “team 2 score” simultaneously until the scores clear. Pick a category by pressing the category button repeatedly until you find one you want. Special Note: the category cannot change while the timer is going.

The category options are: Entertainment, Food, Places, Sports & games, Science & Technology, The World, and Everything. The default category is everything, which includes all categories.

To begin a round, the player holding the game unit presses the start/stop button, initiating the timer. A word from the chosen category will appear on the screen. If you don’t know what the word is, press the next button for a new word.

On your turn, your goal is to use verbal and physical clues to get your team to guess the word on the screen. You may say or gesture anything except for the following:
-You may not say a word that rhymes with the word.
-Give the first letter of the word
-Say a part of the word in the clue. For example: “shoe” for the word “horseshoe”.
-You may not let anyone on either team see the word on the screen.

As soon as your team correctly guesses the word, hand the game unit to a member on the other team. Play continues with that team pressing the next button and giving clues to their teammates. The process repeats until the timer runs out.

When the buzzer sounds, time is up and play stops. The team not holding the game unit is awarded 1 point by pressing the corresponding “team score” button on the game unit for their team. That team also has 1 opportunity to guess the word that the losing team did not get. If they guess correctly then they receive 1 bonus point.

After you have scored points for the round, the team holding the game unit begins the next round by starting the timer and pressing next. The first team to reach 7 points wins. If you want to continue to play, press and hold the start/stop button and the scores will reset to 0.

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