Use Your Words Review

Publisher:  Screenwave Media

Developer:  Smiling Buddha Games, LLC

MSRP: $14.99

Rated: Teen

Release Date: August 3rd, 2017 (Nintendo Switch) April 4th, 2017

Platforms:  Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, Playstation 4, Xbox One

Rating: ★★★☆☆

 

The Switch is designed to be perfect for multiplayer, so it’s no surprise to see a new party game dropping on the system.  Previously available on other system, Use Your Words dropped on the Switch last week and we were itching to try it out during our latest gaming get together.  We are already are starting to see some similar games out on the system with others on the way, so is this worthy of your money and party?

Like other party games out there, Use Your Words has everyone playing using their own smart phones, meaning if you are short on Joy-Cons, you won’t have to worry.  The game takes you through two rounds where you will play the same three mini-games, followed by a final round.  In each mini-game, everyone will choose their favorite answer to divy up points, or oddly to lose points if you happen to select the “house” answer as your favorite.

The first up, ‘Sub the Title’, will give you a foreign film clip with subtitles, only you have to fill in the final piece of dialogue.  Easily are favorite, this definitely elicited the most laughs from our group with just how silly you can make the clip sound.  A close second for us was ‘Extra, Extra!’.  Here you will be given a photograph, mostly strange ones, and have to give it a headline for a newspaper’s lead story.  You can come up with all sorts of ridiculous captions based on the great photos they give you.

Where things start to go down hill are the final two mini-games.  ‘Black-O-Matic’ has you finish the sentences they give you for some funny one-liners.  While it still can bring plenty of laughs, in terms of presentation it just isn’t as exciting.  The same can be said for the final mini-game ‘Survey Says’.  It back drops you in a family style game show where you will answer three prompts back to back.  Again, it just lacks the interesting hook of the other mini-games and really doesn’t do anything with the game show backdrop beyond a wallpaper on the screen.  Especially as the finale, it could have used a heavier dose of flair to stand out.

While all of the mini-games allow for some hilarious moments, ‘Sub the Title’ and Extra, Extra! will be the two you will be talking about after the game is over.  The game could have also been better served with a couple of additional mini-games to mix things up from one session to the other instead of always playing the first three twice and finishing with ‘Survey Says’.  It’s not perfect, but you’ll still get more than enough laughs out of this purchase at your next get together.

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