How to play 30 Seconds Official Game Rules

By: Dennis B. B. Taylor

How to Play the 30-Second Game

Hello! Have you ever heard of the 30-Second game? It’s a fun and exciting game that can be played with friends or family. In this game, one player has to communicate a word or phrase to their teammate in just 30 seconds. It might sound easy, but trust me, it can be quite challenging!

So, let’s find out how to play the 30-Second game. First, you need to have at least 4 players divided into two teams. Each team will take turns being the “clue-givers” and the “guessers.” The clue-giver will have 30 seconds to communicate as many words or phrases as possible to their teammate, without saying the actual word or any part of it. The guesser has to correctly guess the word or phrase based on the clues given.

Now, let’s talk about the clues. The clue-giver can use any words or actions except for the actual word or any part of it. For example, if the word is “cat,” the clue-giver cannot say “meow” or make any cat-related gestures. The clue-giver can be as creative as they want, using gestures, sounds, or even acting out scenarios to convey the word or phrase.

Each round lasts for 30 seconds, and the teams take turns being the clue-givers and the guessers. After each round, teams switch roles, and the game continues. You can set a timer or use a stopwatch to keep track of the time.

The game continues until all the words or phrases have been guessed or until a predetermined number of rounds has been completed. The team with the most correctly guessed words or phrases wins the game!

The 30-Second game is a fantastic way to have fun and challenge your communication skills. It’s a game that can bring laughter and excitement to any gathering. So gather your friends or family, divide into teams, and let the fun begin!

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Welcome to the world of 30 SECONDS, a fun game that you can play with your friends and family! It’s a quick and exciting description game that will challenge your thinking and get everyone involved.

Here’s how it works: you form teams of two or more players, and the more people you have, the more fun it gets! For instance, if you have six people, it’s better to have two teams of three rather than three teams of two. But don’t worry if you only have three people, because you can still play and have a great time!

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Here’s what you’ll find in the game box:

  • 240 cards (2,400 names)
  • 1 game board
  • 1 thirty-second timer
  • 1 die
  • 4 playing tokens
  • 1 rules leaflet

Object of the Game

The goal of the game is to be the first team to reach the FINISH square. You’ll advance by correctly identifying the names that your teammates are describing.

During each turn, you’ll try to identify as many names as possible in 30 seconds. Can you guess five?

Describing and Identifying

We’ll all take turns being describers and identifiers. Each team needs to have a different describer for each turn.

As a describer, you can:

  • Describe the names in any way you want. Sing, hum, or use gestures – anything goes!
  • Describe the names in any order you like.

Let’s Play the Name Game!

Have you ever played the Name Game? It’s a fun and exciting game that will put your creativity to the test. The goal is to describe different names to your teammates without actually saying the names or using any related words. Sounds challenging, right? Well, that’s the beauty of it!

Here’s how it works: you divide into teams and select a token to place on the START square. Then, everyone rolls the die, and the team with the highest number gets to go first. The game is all about describing names, using only your words and gestures.

Now, here are a few important rules to keep in mind:


  • You can’t say the actual names on the card in your hand.
  • You can’t look at the names that need to be described before the timer starts.
  • Avoid saying any words that are derived from or related to the names you’re describing.
  • No ‘sounds-like’ or ‘rhymes-with’ tactics are allowed.
  • Don’t say or refer to the letters of the alphabet.
  • Avoid using translations.
  • And remember, no pointing!

However, you are allowed to use the letters of the alphabet to help you describe the names.

So, are you up for the challenge? Get ready to put your communication skills to the test and have a blast playing the Name Game!

When it comes to ties in a game, if two or more teams have the same number of points, they will need to break the tie. To determine the winner, a roll of the dice will be used. Each team will decide the order in which its members will take turns rolling the dice. It’s important to keep the same order throughout the game. So, if there is a tie, roll again, and make sure to stick to the original order. Good luck!

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How We Play the Game

Let’s talk about how we play the game. First, we need to understand the role of the die. The die is a special tool with numbers on its sides: 0, 0, 1, 1, 2, 2. Before we start guessing names from the card box, we roll the die. It decides how far we get to move our token on the board.

After we finish our turn and identify some names, we subtract the number rolled from the number of correct guesses we made. That gives us the number of squares we can move forward. Let’s look at an example to make it clear:

  • Imagine we rolled a 2 at the start of our turn. During that turn, we correctly identified four names. We would move our token two squares forward.
  • But if we rolled a 0 and only found three correct names, we would still move three squares forward.

However, if we identified the same number of names or fewer as the number we rolled, we stay on the same square. The team that goes first rolls the die to determine how far they move.

So, you’re trying to figure out how this whole game works, huh? Well, let me break it down for you in simple terms. When it’s my turn, I’m going to grab a card from the pile labeled ‘OUT’. These cards have two sides, one blue and one yellow. The color of the square I’m on at the start of my turn will tell me which side of the card to use.

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If my team’s token is on a yellow square, we have to describe the names on the yellow side of the card. It’s the same for the blue square. Since the START square is blue, we all have to start by describing the names on the blue side of the card.

Each side of the card has five names, and we can describe them in any order we want.

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When I play this game, there are a few things I need to remember. First, I should avoid looking at the names I need to describe until the timer starts. This adds an extra challenge! It’s important that the person who starts the timer says “GO” right when they flip it over. That’s my cue to start describing the names on the card.

While I’m describing the names, the other players can shout out their guesses. It’s up to them to keep an eye on the timer, though. If it runs out, they need to call out “TIME UP” so we know it’s over.

At the beginning of each turn, we roll a die to determine how many names we need to guess correctly. Once the timer runs out, we subtract that number from the total number of names guessed correctly. Then we move our token on the board according to the result. We also need to make sure we put the card back in the “IN” side of the cardbox. Finally, we pass the die to the player on our left and the game continues.

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Finish Line: The Ultimate Goal

The team that reaches the finish square first emerges victorious in this exhilarating game.

How Strict Are We?

At the beginning of the game, we need to decide together how precise our answers need to be. Let’s consider an example: would “Mickey” be acceptable for “Mickey Mouse”?

We also have to determine if the full name must be given before the timer runs out. For instance, would it be okay if someone says “Mickey” before the timer ends, and then adds “Mouse” afterward?

Penalty Time

If any player violates the rules, their turn ends immediately, and their token gets moved back one square. Play fair!

Rules for Three’s a Crowd

If there are three players, one person needs to act as the announcer for both teams throughout the entire game. All other rules remain the same.

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