Rules of the game

ONLINE version (Web application)

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The Categories game is a common children's game remembered by many. You will have a lot of fun playing the game at home with children or friends. The game is also a great companion for the road, celebrations, teambuilding, at school and is an ideal gift for those who love knowledge games. During the game, you develop your vocabulary and train your memory.

Online version of the Categories game. The game variants are also known as Guggenheim or Scattergories. Play with friends and improve your vocabulary in any of the 40 supported languages.

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Aim of the game

Categories game How to start a game

The goal of the game is to find and write down words for selected game categories. The game is played in multiple rounds. In each round, words starting with a randomly selected letter from the alphabet are searched for. The words entered by the players are evaluated according to the points. The player who gets the most points wins.

Scoring

  • If you don't have a word written down = 0 points.
  • You wrote down the same word as someone else = 0 points.
  • You wrote down a word and no one else has the same word = 1 point.
  • You are the only one who wrote down a word = 1 point.

How to start a game

Categories game How to start a game
  • On the New Game page, select the game categories you want to play and click on Create New Game.
  • After clicking on Create New Game, choose other settings:
    • Game letters - Letters that can be used for individual rounds of the game.
    • Number of players - Select the maximum number of players you want to play with. The game can be started with a smaller number of connected players.
    • Number of rounds
    • Ending a round - There are two ways to end a round. A round can be ended using the STOP button, which is pressed by the first player to fill in all the game categories. Or a round can end automatically after the selected time limit has expired.
    • Who can join - You can choose whether anyone can join or only players you invite via the game link.

How to invite opponents to the game

Categories game How to invite opponents to the game
  • After creating a new game, you have to wait for your opponents to connect. You can invite players using the displayed link.
  • If you have no one to play with, you can play against a robot. The robots only use words that have been entered by other players in the past and have been evaluated as valid.
  • The quality of a game with robots depends on how many invalid words were marked by other players. Please mark invalid words from other players to improve the quality of the robots.
  • When the game starts, players fill in the words for each category as quickly as possible. The words start with a letter that was randomly selected from the game letters picked when the game started.
  • At the end of each game round, you can mark the invalid words of other players. If a majority of players mark a word as invalid, the word will not count.
  • The game ends after the set number of rounds.
  • At the end of the game, points are awarded for completed words according to the scoring rules.
  • The player with the most points wins.

Hall of Fame

Categories game Hall of Fame

The results of all registered players are displayed in the halls of fame. Hall of Fame player scoring is based on how many other players you have beaten in your games who have completed the game to the very end. Points cannot be earned for bots and players who have not completed the game.

Example: A game for 10 players. 6 players will be logged in, 2 will play as guests, and 2 will be bots. If all players stay in the game until the end, the first player gets 8 points, the second 7 points, the third 6 points, etc. But if only 6 players finish the game and two of them leave the game, the first player can get a maximum of 6 points.

OFFLINE version

The PDF document contains a game sheet with 5-32 categories. Each game sheet has an alphabet that you can cross out during the game. The game is designed for two or more players. The black-and-white design of the game spares the colored toner on your home printer, so you can print the game sheet over and over again.

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