A twist of physical humor can delight your party in Telestrations: Upside Drawn

February 28, 2020 - 8:14pm

I'm a fan of Telestrations, it's an evergreen crowdpleaser. It's a party game in the best sense as its easy to get people to laugh through this telephone game with decyphered doodles thrown in. So if  you're like me and find the original to be a solid game to get people, you may be interested in the next entry in the series that is trying to amp things up through a bit of a twist. Telestrations: Upside Drawn, from The OP and designed by Kane Klenko, sees 4-to-12 players, split into teams, eagerly watching a sketch being drawn hoping to be the first to guess the word or phrase that only the guide was able to see. Here's the part where it gets funnier - the guide isn't the person holding the dry erase marker. The guide is the only one able to hold and move the pad being drawn onto while a player from the other team, who doesn't know the word or phrase, holds the pen and follows the instructions of the guide while also trying to guess first.

     "This take on the award winning Telestrations game gives a whole new meaning to laugh out loud miscommunication. Telestrations®: Upside Drawn puts a teamwork spin on “The Telephone Game Sketched Out” by putting the pen in one person’s hand, and control of the board in another’s! Only through “Up” or “Down” directives can the team put the pen and board together to guess the clue first!"

This is a good bit of physical humor along with the kind of thing Telestrations is good at - attempting to make sense of doodles. It's compounding good, practical ideas that often make people laugh and that's certainly a good reason to warrant this new verison. The new quality dry-erase components are a good way to make this concept work, and it's certainly inexpensive for a game that can easily entertain a dozen people for hours. If you're interested in learning more about Telestrations: Upside Drawn, check out The OP's website for rules, pictures, and to find out which local retailer will be carrying it soon!

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