In our family, the holidays go hand in hand with playing family games and one of my family's all-time favorites is Catch Phrase. We grew up playing the regular version with the cardboard phrase disks, but a few years back we bought the new electronic version which is even better because it has the ticking timer and scorekeeper built right in to the discus housing. This is a lot better than the separate electronic timer that the original used and about a thousand times better than flipping one of those hour glass timers like you have to for many games.
How It Works
Playing Electronic Catch Phrase is like playing hot potato with a ticking disk-shaped spud. And like hot potato, the goal is to NOT be holding that ticking spud/discus when the buzzer sounds. The fact that the timer is completely random with times ranging between 10 and 60 seconds means you'll never know when time will run out on you. So talk, guess, and pass fast!
First you need to break up into two teams with at least two players per team. We've found that sitting in a big circle alternating with a person from one team, then the other team, etc. works the best. The first clue giver takes the discus and hits the button for the word/phrase to be displayed.
They then give clues (no physical gestures, parts of the word, or rhymes-with clues) to try and get your team to guess the word or phrase. As soon as your teammates guess the word, the discus gets passed to the other team player sitting to the right of you.
They get their team to guess the next word and the discus gets passed to the original team. Play continues back and forth until the buzzer on the discus sounds. Just be sure your not the one holding it because the team NOT holding the discus scores a point. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins!
Why We Love This Game
After Thanksgiving, Easter or Christmas dinner, let's face it, we could all use a little exercise! This is an active fast-paced game that makes us laugh out loud and jump up yelling out words. So at our house, we round everybody up and create a big circle where everyone sits down (usually men versus women or old married peeps against the teenagers). And if we have younger kids that want to play, we pull out the Junior Catch Phrase game so the words are easier (don't worry this game is just as fun for adults too!).
It is always fun to see who cracks under the pressure when the timer is tick-tick-ticking... I turn into a blubbering fool myself. That said, what I really love about this game is that you don't have to be the smartest person in the room to win and it doesn't make people feel stupid like some other word games out there. EVERYONE in my family has fun playing and I can't say that about too many games.