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Is Scattergories fun to play?
Players: 2 – 6 players | Game Duration 25 – 35 mins | Min. Age 12+ | Game complexity: EASY Genre: Party Game, Real-time, Word Game Solo game mode: No | Co-op: No | Online Version: No How to Play Scattergories Guide

What is Scattergories about?

Let’s Talk About Scattergories: The Ultimate Word Game for Friends and Family

If you love word games, then you must have heard of the classic board game, Scattergories. It has been a go-to game for many gatherings and family game nights for over three decades now. And trust me, there’s no better way to get competitive with your loved ones than this.


Scattergories is best played with four or more players, divided into two teams. The game comes with a deck of cards, each containing 12 random categories such as “Things you find in the refrigerator” or “Types of trees.” A 20-sided die is also included, which has all the letters of the alphabet on it, except for Q, U, V, X, Y and Z. The goal of the game is to come up with unique words that start with the chosen letter for each category.

Game Mechanics

In each round, a letter is chosen by rolling a die. A card with categories is read aloud, and players come up with words that start with the chosen letter. Repeated words are invalidated, and players score points for unique words. The game ends when a team reaches a set number of points, usually 25.

Suitable for Everyone

Scattergories is perfect for anyone who loves word games and wants to have a good time. The categories can be adjusted to fit different age groups, so kids and adults can play together without any disadvantage.

Plus, with the element of randomness added by the die roll, it keeps the game interesting and challenging for players of all skill levels.

Why It’s So Much Fun

Scattergories is not just a simple word game, it’s a great way to bring people together and have a lot of fun. The time-limited pressure of coming up with unique words adds an exciting and intense element to the game. Moreover, it’s always amusing to witness players coming up with innovative and occasionally absurd answers for the categories.

The game promotes critical thinking and expands vocabulary through fun competition.

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Awards Won by Scattergories

1990 Mensa Select Winner

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