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Pictionary is a guessing word game designed by Robert Angel and first published in 1985 by Seattle Games Inc.[1] The game is played with teams with players trying to identify specific words from their teammates' drawings.



Each team moves a piece on a game board formed by a sequence of squares.Each square has a letter or shape identifying the type of picture to be drawn on it. The objective is to be the first team to reach the last space on the board.


The team chooses one person to begin drawing; this position rotates with each word. The drawer chooses a card out of a deck of special Pictionary cards and tries to draw pictures which suggest the word printed on the card. The pictures cannot contain any numbers or letters. The teammates try to guess the word the drawing is intended to represent.

There are five types of squares on the board, and each Pictionary card has a list of five words printed on it. Players must draw the word which corresponds to the square on the board on which the team's marker is:

AP category (and a few other words) are designated as "All Play". For "All Play," the teams compete against each other. Each team designates a player whose purpose will be to draw pictures. The team that guesses the word first gets to advance and take the next turn. If none of the teams guess the word, the turn passes to whichever team should have been next.

A one-minute timer, usually a sand timer, is used to compel players to rapidly complete their drawing and guessing.

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