Buzzword Game

Buzzword game cards

Buzzword game will not only get your party started, but it will keep it buzzing all night long.

About Buzzword Game

The lively and addictive word game requires minimal set-up and is easy enough so the entire family can play together. The game includes:

  • 400 Sets of Buzzword clues on 200 double-sided cards
  • 10 Scoring cards
  • 45-second sand timer
  • Scoreboard
  • Marker
  • Instructions
Sand in hourglass

How to Play

If you have a fairly good memory and a mouth that does not quit, then you will do very well playing Buzzword. To start, players must form two teams. Then, during each team's turn, a card is drawn that contains a "Buzzword" and 10 clues. The answer to each clue must include the "Buzzword." For example, if the "Buzzword" is "apple," and the first clue is "The object of my affection," the answer would be "Apple of my eye." Or, if the "Buzzword" is "ball," one of the clues might be "inflatable sand toy," in which case the answer would be "beach ball." Other clues and answers include:

Clue: On top of spaghetti

Answer: Meatball

Clue: A psychic stares into one

Answer: Crystal ball

One point is awarded for each correct answer. However, any unanswered clues are given to the opposing team for a chance to steal a point. The first team to reach 50 points wins the game.

Pros and Cons of Buzzword Game

Buzzword is ideal for small parties or family get-togethers. The original version is recommended for individuals age 10 and up, but any quick-thinking youngster could contribute to his team provided he understands the rules of the game. If your family enjoys playing games like Taboo and Catchphrase, then Buzzword is a definite must-have for your game collection.

Like its counterparts, Buzzword game has its pros and cons:


There's a lot to like about Buzzword game including:

  • Easy set-up: The game takes less than a minute to get ready. What's more, it's a fast moving game, which means it can be played twice in one night.
  • Fun and funny: Not only is Buzzword an enjoyable game to play on family game night, but the answers some players give are so hilarious, you may have to take a break just to compose yourselves before continuing with the clue giving.
  • Great party game: Buzzword is made for small groups. It's the perfect game to play at sleepovers, family gatherings or parties. It's lively and entertaining, plus it keeps your mind active and is a great memory exercise.


While Buzzword game is fast paced and easy to play, it does have a few minor drawbacks, including:

  • Restrictions: Buzzword's biggest downfall is that you can't make up your own clues. Rather, you must use the clues printed on the cards. This can stifle a person's creativity a bit, but it also ensures that the clue-reader doesn't get stuck trying to think of a clue to give. This is especially important given that you are only allotted 45 seconds to give clues.
  • Group game: Buzzword is not a game you can play solo. You need a minimum of four players to get the ball rolling. The game doesn't lend itself to large numbers of players either. When you have more than six individuals on one team it gets tough to decipher what everyone is saying.
  • Age matters: A well-versed child could do quite well playing Buzzword, but age does come into play with some of the Buzzwords. Some of the clues can be challenging for children, especially those who haven't been alive long enough to know that "Packers" refers to the Green Bay Packers and "Packers fans' fashionable headgear," is a clue for "cheesehead."

Other Versions of Buzzword Game

Patch Products also sells a children's version of Buzzword called Buzzword Junior. It's designed for kids ages 12 and under. While the rules are identical to the original Buzzword, the junior version caters to younger kids and features age-appropriate clues. For example, if the Buzzword is "see" and the clue is "teeter-totter," children would try to get their teammates to shout, "seesaw" before time runs out.

Buzzword Game