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Scattergories: Game Review

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Welcome to this edition of the regular blog feature Board Game Analysis.

This week we are looking at the game of Scattergories (affiliate link) which is a Hasbro game for 2-4 players aged 12+

Red die with white spots on a grey background
Scattergories timer, folder, game card, answer sheet and a rose gold pen with a crown on the end.
This is from my very old scattergories game - newer versions look different.

What’s in the box?

  • Timer
  • Answer paper pad
  • Category cards
  • 20 sided die
  • Player folders
  • Instructions 

Objective and gameplay.

Scattergories is a great game for widening your vocabulary! The object of the game is to score the most points in the three rounds. 

You have a card which has a list of twelve categories. You roll the die and then start the timer. Using the letter that you have rolled you all have to write an answer for each of the twelve categories which starts with that letter. For example, if you roll an A and the first category is fruit then you could write apple for that category. 

However, once the time runs out, you all have to compare your answers. You only score a point if you are the only one to have written that word. So, in the earlier example, it would be very likely that other people would also write apple so you may want to think of a less likely answer to give you a point. 

As it is timed though, you do not get too long to think about these things! You may have more chance of scoring if you were to write Apricot instead. 

Round two and three are exactly the same but with different letters from rolling the die. After the three rounds have been played, you add up your scores and the highest score wins. 

Scattergories game box
The newest Scattergories at time of writing this post


We have had this game for over a decade and must have purchased a deluxe version as our game has a battery powered timer with three settings for difficulty, but the only versions that I can find online have sand timers! 

We love this game and recently introduced it to our son-in-law-to-be at a game night and he loved it too! Now that Faith is twelve she is now enjoying it as well! If you like fast paced word games than scattergories is a great game to add to your collection.

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