Easy to learn and play
Repetitive after a few rounds
Feels like a spectator sport in large groups
Timer can become annoying
5 Second Rule Uncensored spins an adult twist on the original 5 Second Rule card game. We got together with a group of friends to evaluate the newer version’s design, entertainment value, and overall gameplay. Plus, we took some time to compare the fresh take to its classic counterpart. Read on to find out if 5 Second Rule Uncensored is worth you and your friends’ time and money.
Design: Quick and dirty
A refresh of the classic 5 Second Rule, this game will bring the same excitement as the original, but with plenty of innuendo and outright racy questions. 5 Second Rule Uncensored is designed for three or more players, all of whom should be over the age of 17. The game is easy to set up and only requires that everyone can reach the card box and timer, making this card game great for small spaces. The rules suggest picking the number of rounds you’ll play prior to starting, but this game’s flexible style makes it easy to pick up or stop at any time. In fact, our group of seven played several rounds with a few players dropping in and out as we went.
After setting up the card box and timer, the person who owns the game is first to play. The player to their left is in charge of choosing a card and reading it aloud. As soon as the card is read, the timer is flipped and the first player has five seconds to name three of whatever the card calls for: bodily fluids, disgusting things people eat, places you can lick yourself, etc. If the first player can’t list three things in their alotted five seconds, the person to their right has a chance to answer.
With 150 double-sided cards offering 300 unique questions, there’s a lot of life in this little game.
The rule that makes this game challenging is that no answers may be repeated. If a really tough card comes along and no one can answer, the original player will get 1 point by default. Otherwise, whoever can name three things wins the point and keeps the card. Gameplay continues on to the right. At the end of the game, simply count your cards and the person with the most wins.
The game comes with a five-second twisted timer which makes a silly noise whenever it’s flipped. This noise has nothing to do with the timing mechanism, though. The metal balls that run down the twisty slide are sort of distracting—but maybe that’s the point? Without exception, everyone at our game night said they would have preferred a normal timer with sand or a stopwatch.
Winning doesn’t really feel like the main objective, so party-goers can feel free to pop in an out of rounds to top off their drink or chat.
The cards felt durable enough and the card box was sturdy. However, the print quality of the cards wasn’t as high as we’d like. While the text was completely legible, the borders were off-center, as though there was an error with the cutting machine or formatting.
Entertainment Value: Great bang for your buck
Because this game is ridiculously simple, it’s a great option to start with before ramping your group up to something with a lot of rules. It brings instant energy to the room and gives players unique insight into the person who’s answering the questions in rapid-fire fashion. Beyond listening carefully to ensure you don’t repeat someone else’s answer, it’s also great fun to be the one to call out other players for breaking the ‘no repeats’ rule.
With 150 double-sided cards offering 300 unique questions, there’s a lot of life in this little game. We can imagine that playing it a few times with the same crew might get boring, but in small doses, this game is fun and exciting. Another bonus is that winning doesn’t really feel like the main objective, so party-goers can feel free to pop in an out of rounds to top off their drink or chat.
It brings instant energy to the room and gives players unique insight into the person who’s answering the questions in rapid-fire fashion.
Age Range: 17 and up
Due to the adult nature of card content, the 5 Second Rule Uncensored is decidedly for those 17 and up. Because the questions are more about general knowledge than personal experience, we do, however, think you could get away with playing this game at a family event (so long as everyone has a really good sense of humor).
Price: Can’t beat it
5 Second Rule Uncensored retails for $24.99, but it can often be found at online retailers for $5 to $10 dollars less. If you can nab it at a lower price, it’s an absolute bargain and makes for great stocking stuffers and hostess gifts.
Competition: Great value among its competitors
5 Second Rule: The original game is the stiffest competition to the adults-only version. It costs a few dollars more, but with nearly double the questions—576 vs 300—it’s a more economical buy. Rather than choosing one or the other, using the adult version as an expansion pack to the original could make this game more fun and longer-lasting.
Quickwits: 5 Second Rule Uncensored and QuickWits go toe-to-toe in the fast-paced adult gaming department. The main difference is that rather than a timer, you’re going up against the rest of the players in QuickWits. Both have speed on their side, but QuickWits has a bit more variety. If you enjoy one of these games you’d likely enjoy the other and at their lower price points, we’d recommend both.
A great gamenight opener.
5 Second Rule Uncensored is a quintessential party game for your next adult-only game night. It may not be the main star, but it’s the perfect title to start your night off right.
- Product Name 5 Second Rule Uncensored
- Product Brand Play Monster
- MPN 7427
- Price $24.99
- Release Date May 2016
- Weight 10.4 oz.
- Product Dimensions 5 x 7 x 2.5 in.
- Number of Players 3 or more
- Manufacturer Recommended Age: 17 and up