Use Your Words was developed and published by the Canadian crew Smiling Buddha Games. It features an assortment of minigames that are strung together in the form of a sort of pseudo game show that plays out in about 25 minutes, roughly. With three to six players, you can enter a lobby and let the fun begin. Have more party-goers that want to get in on the fun? Startup spectator mode which allows up to 1000 viewers vote on their favorite answers. This makes the game approachable for both large get togethers as well as stream viewers. Across four mini-games, players will bring out their inner comedy writing skills and put best their best efforts in hopes of winning the game. The mini-games are Sub the Title, Extra, Extra!, Blank-o-matic, and Survey Says!. Though different in scope, each have one common goal: Earn the most votes!
In Extra, Extra! You are put into the role of a magazine editor! Well not really, you are shown a quirky stock photo of sorts that you are then tasked with giving a proper news article styled headline. You can easily come up with equally if not more quirky answers, some of which can be pretty raunchy given the set ups. It’s always easy to take the vulgar and shock value route, which often earned votes in my experiences, but with my love of writing I would sometimes construe more complicated or lighthearted jokes that would be mistaken for house jokes. The game gives you tips that actually suggested this turn out, noting that inside jokes are more likely to be picked via fear of picking a house answer. Playing this mini-game made that tip all the more true. Same turn-out in Blank-o-matic, which presents a prompt that you must finish, much like in the recently returned “Match Game” game show. You can get creative from the pretense, but more often than not getting a little vulgar is going to up the chances you get picked, assuming your punchline is still well written.
The game is well put together, with servers being very strong and having not offered any issues during my time playing. A huge improvement over the Jackbox structure is the ability to recover your connection if something goes wrong with the connection. So, if for whatever reason your phone kicks you out of the game, you can go back in and resume play with your points and name, unlike in the Jackbox servers. The in-game tips that show on your device are also fun to read as well as offering actual help. Overall, Use Your Words is a great shake up to the current offerings, bringing a fresh take to the table. The old-school gameshow vibe it gives off is stellar, with fun narration and scenes that are nostalgic in a way. Nothing tops the “snack” style scene that plays between waiting during Sub The Title, which is reminiscent of the down time between movies at the drive in. This game is an easy buy for fans of the genre and those looking to have yet another great option for their guests during get-togethers. Smiling Buddhas great party game will certainly bring a smile to your face if you give it the chance.
*Note: A copy of the game was provided for the purposes of the review
FINAL sCORE: 8/10
+Great Minigame Lineup
+Old Fashioned Fun