Party games are an integral part of any social gathering. It keeps any party going and interesting. But playing ultra-competitive games such as Mario Party, Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros. and even Monopoly can destroy friendship! For any party host out there, consider Use Your Words!, a game for teens, families, and adults that promise to bring great entertainment.
Co-published by Smiling Buddha Games, LLC and Screenwave Media, Use Your Words! was made from the partnership between Julian Spillane and Youtube video game musician Brent “brentalfloss” Black. brentalfloss is recognized online for adding lyrics to video game theme songs. Other than filling lyrics to games like Megaman 2, Super Mario Bros 3, Punchout!!, Shovel Knight, Undertale and Bioshock Infinite, brentalfloss also made original albums such as “This is the Album You’ve Been Waiting For” and “The BrentalFloss Comic Song”, as well as composed “The Dreamer”, the very first song he ever wrote at the age of 12.
Use Your Words! runs on PC and consoles. Guests can join the game by accessing wordsgame.lol in their HTML5-enabled devices’ browser and entering the on-screen Room Code. This ensures a seamless gameplay for the whole participants. Three to six players can participate in the main game while up to 1000 people can spectate for fun and vote for the best answers.
There are currently four minigames in the game. In Blank-O-Matic, players are prompted with an incomplete sentence. In Hashtaggery, players compete in writing Twitter-style hashtags, which is similar to the game show @Midnight. In Extra! Extra!, players are given weird stock photos and players have to think of a striking newspaper headline. In Sub the Title, players watch a subtitled film clip and they have to supply the missing answer. The final round Survey Says, points are doubled and players are given three prompts. Each prompt has a 90- second time limit to answer and vote.
Once players lock down and submit their answers, the answers will be randomly shown on the screen while hiding the identity of those who actually wrote them down. For players who might get stuck on thinking witty answers, the game offers its “House Decoy” button. They can use the game’s house answers in exchange of half-points. After showcasing the players’ answers, the game may throw in a hidden trap called House Answer. For that round, players get to vote for their favorite answer and if their answer gets voted, they receive 1000 points. If anyone accidentally votes the House Answer, they will be deducted with 500 points. On the other hand, the player who uses the house decoy button will receive 500 points if someone votes for their automated answer. The house decoy button is a double-edged sword that provides quick answers with potential bonus but it can also punish others who recklessly select the House Answer.
Players can switch the game from “Family Mode” to “Adult Mode” for more taboo but hilarious and ridiculous answers.
It is noticeable that the game has a campy, 1960s feeling with retro visuals, an enthusiastic host and a vintage soundtrack from composer Bob Thompson.
The game can also be used to stream services like Twitch or Let’s Play videos on Youtube via “Let’s Play Mode” where it switches the music to Content ID-friendly music to avoid playing copyright music and any DCMA takedown.
As the game selects prompts that spark funny answers, it also awakens any players’ inner comedian even if their jokes might not be that effective. Making the participation extensive enough, players can create the grossest, most politically incorrect, most offensive, and even the funniest punchlines.