Scattergories: Fun for Families, Parties, and Couples

About Scattergories

In Scattergories, you start the game by choosing one of 16 lists of categories. You roll a 20-sided die with one letter on each side to determine what letter to play with, then you have three minutes to come up with an answer for each category that matches the letter rolled on the die. After the three minutes are up, everyone shares their answers, and you get points for each answer that was unique—if someone else also has the same answer as you, neither of you get points for that answer.

Number of Players: 4+ (play with as few as 2 players using the adjusted method described below)

Recommended Ages: 13+

One of the best things about Scattergories is that—using an adjusted scoring method—two people can play alone together. Very few board games have two-player options, so it’s great that Scattergories gives couples an opportunity to enjoy a board game when no one else is around.

When playing with multiple people, Scattergories can create a lot of fun conversations. It’s difficult to come up with words that fit the categories and start with the letter rolled on the die, and often times someone will come up with something so ridiculous that it makes everyone laugh. Other times the game can cause fierce arguments as to whether or not an answer is appropriate and should be awarded points. Though the rounds each include three minutes of quiet time while everyone thinks of answers, the conversation that happens when the quiet time is complete is a lot of fun.

The only downside of Scattergories is that every once in a while, you’ll have a stretch of difficult letters that just don’t fit with the categories on the chosen card, so you spend three minutes over a few rounds racking your brain for answers that just don’t come. Usually this happens all around, and it kills some of the joy of the game as everyone gets frustrated with the lack of good answers.

Adjusting Gameplay for Fewer or More Players

While the game says it’s designed for 2-4 teams (4-8 players), it can easily be adjusted to play with as few as two players and as many people as you want. Instead of scoring by teams, simply adjust scoring so everyone plays individually, and identical answers from anyone else in the group cancel out scores for everyone with that answer.