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Dumb Charades- How to Play this Fun Family Game?

Do you love spending time with your family and friends? Do you enjoy playing games together? If so, then you need to try dumb charades! This fun and exciting game is perfect for any gathering.

Dumb charades is a game where one player acts out a word or phrase while the other players try to guess what it is. The goal is to get your teammates to guess the word or phrase as quickly as possible.

Dumb charade is easy to learn and lots of fun. So next time you’re looking for a way to entertain your guests, give dumb charades a try. This article will give you the basics so you can start having fun right away.

Picture of a family playing dumb charades.

How do you Play Dumb Charades?

Dumb Charades is a parlor or party word guessing game. Initially, the game was a melodramatic arrangement of literary puzzles/riddles: a single person acted out each syllable of a word or phrase in order, trailed by the full sentence, whereas the rest of the participants guessed.

Since childhood, everyone knows this game, and there’s a reason it’s so popular. Dumb Charades is a classic game and a silent version of Charade. The person chosen to act out the phrase can not mouth words, hum songs, point, or spell.

The actor is silent, thus “dumb” as in “deaf and dumb”. It requires a person to stand in front of everyone and act out a book title, famous person, movie title, etc. This instantly breaks the ice and puts people out of their comfort zones.

While you might not feel comfortable performing in front of people (even your friends or family), once you realize that frantically waving your hands with crazed facial expressions is part of the fun, you will surely jump into the fun.

Dumb Charades is a great game to play with family and friends. Because it’s a social game, you’ll often be able to build strong relationships while having a lot of fun. To get started, you only need a notepad and pen to keep track of scores, riddle phrases, and a stopwatch to keep time.

To start, you will need at least two teams of two people each. One person from each team will be the actor and the other will be the guesser.

Next, choose a category for the round. This can be anything from movies to songs to books. Once you have chosen a category, each team will take turns acting out words or phrases from that category.

If the team guesses correctly, they get a point. The first team to reach a certain number of points wins the game. It’s simple, but that doesn’t mean the game isn’t fun. If you have a large group of people, you can also play in teams. Both teams guess the same word and the first team to guess their word correctly wins.

What are the Rules of Dumb Charades?

Like every game, there are certain rules to play Dumb Charades, but here the rules are very interesting, as the name of the game suggests. Let’s have a look at the few common rules;

Rule #1. There must be two groups comprising at least more than a member on each side

Rule # 2. You may not utter words/phrases

Rule# 3. You are only allowed to use body language, facial expression, and/or gestures

Rule # 4. You may not leave clues by humming, pointing at objects, and spelling

Rule # 5. You may not move lips

You can add as many rules as you want to make the game more difficult and fun. For example, you can limit the riddle phrases to a certain domain (occupations, actions, objects, etc.) or you may manipulate the stopwatch to make it a super-fast silly exposition. Also, it is advisable to make someone empire to make the game more transparent and to figure out the correct scores.    

How Do You Play Dumb Charades Like a Pro?

To play Dumb Charades like a pro is very simple, if only you understand the importance of practice. Being a pro means practicing a lot and knowing the rules and data involved in a game in detail.

For example, there are several signs in Dumbed Charades which, if anyone learns and practices, he will be a pro in guessing the riddle, phrases, and anything set to be reckoned. To give you a more concise idea, a sign of “thumbs up” can relate to movies, and “thumbs down” can indicate a book.

While for guessing an actor, swirling the mustaches can narrow down your guess in the masculine region, and a nose pin reference may show feminine characteristics. You can pre-define and associate the signs in correspondence to actions to be guessed to play like a pro.

How Do You Calculate Scores in Dumb Charades?

Although there is no pre-defined system for scores, you can leverage your instinct in many ways. You can devise and master the score systems and can decide better which system you like the most. You may opt for the simple point-based score system or you may go for a bid-based score system.

In a point-based system, you can set, let’s say, 10 points for every correct guess or can deduct 5 or 10 points for the wrong guess. For a bid-based system, time is a vital factor to place bids. You can bid for 30 seconds to guess the correct answer to earn 10 points and if you don’t guess in 30 seconds, you will lose 10 points.

What’s the Difference Between Charades and Dumb Charades?

Charades and Dumb Charades, both are related to guessing but with a few differences. In fact, the latter is a derivative of Charades. The differences between charades and dumb charades are that in dumb charades, the player cannot speak, or point while they are acting out the word or phrase.

In regular charades, players can give clues to their teammates with hand signals, mouthing words, and humming. In Dumb Charades, one has to guess by performing mainly, which adds to the fun.

The rules and scoring system for both games are similar, with an exception for both, that you can adjust the rules to make the game complex or easier to play.

How Do You Play Dumb Charades Virtually?

Make two teams. A person from team A has to represent the word or phrase spoken by team B. As it is virtual, team B has to send the word or phrase to that person who will act from team A. If team A, with the help of the action, can guess the word, it earns a point.

What categories are there in charades?

The traditional categories most people use in charades are movie, book, and TV show titles. Some people also include song titles, plays, and popular quotes or phrases, like “Pop Goes the Weasel.”