Time's Up Game

Surefire Hilarity for Your Party

Are you looking for a game to play at your next party that will get your guests laughing rather than discussing religion or politics? Time's Up is an entertaining game that is played in teams of two or more. Celebrities are the focus of this guessing game. Unlike charades, you can use words and sounds, but they become more restricted with each round.

Basics of the Time's Up Game

  • Players: It's made for 4 to 18 players. (I do not recommend playing with more than eight players due to the amount of time between each team's turn if you do. I prefer it with six players.)
  • Age Range: For ages 12 and over. Of note, unless there is an update from the 2008 version, younger players under age 21 may not be familiar with the celebrities included. Older players will have a distinct advantage with the original version issued in 2001. Keep this in mind when choosing teams. You probably want to be on a team with a GenX or Baby Boomer player rather than a Millenial.
  • Time to Play: Time's Up takes about 60 to 90 minutes per game.
  • Genre: Time's Up is a party game based on the classic parlor game Celebrities.

Gameplay in Brief for Time's Up

Players are first dealt cards, each containing the names of two well-known figures from pop culture, sports, or history. They each choose some to include in the game and then compete in teams of two players over three rounds of increasing difficulty to identify the same set of celebrities.

Each additional round brings a new restriction, especially on what you can say.

While in the first round you can use full sentences, in the second round you can only give one word for each clue. By the third round, you can't use any words, only ​sounds and charades. You're almost guaranteed to be on the floor laughing at some point. Time's Up is one of my all-time favorite games.

Designer and Publisher

Time's Up was designed by Peter Sarrett and it is based on the public domain game Celebrities. He also designed or co-designed If Wishes Were Fishes (2007), Crazy Mixed Up Zoo (2006), Tie One On (2006), TuneBaya (2005), and several expansions for Time's Up.

Time's Up is published by R&R Games. It was first released in 2000. This party game has also been published by Asmodee Editions, Pro Ludo, and several other publishers.

Awards

Time's Up won a Mensa Select Award, and it is on my lists of the best party games and the best family games.

Expansions and Related Games

Two expansions for Time's Up were published by R&R Games in 2001 and 2002, adding new cards. In 2008, Time's Up Deluxe combined the best cards from the base game and those two expansions with a number of new cards. Also in 2008, Time's Up: Title Recall was published. This version of the game challenges players to guess the titles of books, films, songs, etc., using the same basic rules.