Pictionary has been a popular party starter since its first publication in the early 80s. Now the property of Hasbro and Mattel, Pictionary is an entire board game and franchise that has appeared in many different editions.
Classic Pictionary was the most popular party attraction at the time of its release, but has since been overtaken by modern party games like Apples to Apples and Cranium. Gaming companies release new versions of their games to drive up popularity or open up new markets for their product.
Here’s a look at a few different editions of Pictionary.
uDraw Pictionary is Pictionary for the Wii gaming system. Designed for the uDraw GameTablet Wii accessory, this uDraw game is by far the most in-depth Pictionary experience of any edition, offering multiple playing methods and some fresh takes on the standard version not found anywhere else. There’s classic Pictionary buffeted with special drawing brushes, a version called Mania that requires you to do stuff like draw with limited ink or without lifting the drawing board, and a Free Draw mode for doodling.
Junior versions of popular board games are always a hit. Designed for players aged 7 to 14, this is the standard game of Pictionary with clues and Pictionary instructions aimed at younger players. This Jr. version of the game is often used in the classroom to help with writing and creative thinking skills. Kids learn while playing the game without realizing they’re playing something educational.
Pictionary Card Game
A road trip without something to distract you from the bordeom can be a real drag. Mattel’s Pictionary Card Game is similar to traditional Pictionary play but without the drawing. The Pictionary Card Game is more like Charades than the classic game of Pictionary, requiring players to act out card clues rather than draw them. Best with just two players, this card game is ideal for people on camping trips or waiting out any boring activity.
When I was a kid, Bible study was dreadful. If you throw Pictionary Bible into the mix, students of the Bible will learn and laugh and play everyone’s favorite party game at the same time. This is the standard board game but with clues from the Bible and the world of Christianity instead of the standard game clues.
Pictionary is a fun party game available in lots of different editions. Keep a few different versions of the game on hand for different occasions.