People Magazine Game

Patch Games, 2002, 4 or more players, 12-adult (divided into 2 teams). It looks like the designers of family/party games have given up in their quest to come up with new game mechanism to match the initial popularity of games like Trivial Pursuit and Pictionary. Instead, it appears that the strategy now is to take as many time-worn game principles as possible and cram them into a single game. The People Magazine Game is virtually the same as the currently popular Cranium game insofar as teams must get each other to guess something by way of mime, charades, impersonation or clues (fill in the appropriate "borrowed from" games of your choice). Unfortunately, if you are not a reader of that "fine" publication or otherwise immersed in the comings and goings of celebrities you're probably not going to have much fun playing this game. I know I didn't.

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