Just One is a cooperative party game in which you play together to discover as many mystery words as possible. Find the best clue to help your teammate. Be unique, as all identical clues will be cancelled!
You have the choice, make the difference!
Want to know more check out our review of the board game.
On a player’s turn they take one of the cards without looking at it, and place it on their plastic easel facing the other players so that only they can read the 5 words written on the card.
The active player will then give a number between 1 and 5 and that will be the corresponding word that the team will be using this round. After the players know the word, they are going to write, on their personal plastic easels, one word that is going to make the active player guess what the word is on their card. But wait! There’s a catch here before you all go thinking this is too easy. Catch is, no clue giver can give the same clue as someone else. All of the cluegivers compare their clues before presenting them to the active player. So if the word is Croissant, and two players write French on their easels, they cancel each other out and the active player does not get that clue to use.
Hopefully due to your cunning and distinct individual intellectual skills, the active player can look at all of the clues and give back a word that they think is the word on their card.
If they are correct, you gain a point, simply keep this card off to the side as a reminder of your victory and fantastic grasp of the English language. If you are incorrect, throw that card back into the box AND take the top card from the deck of cards and throw it back into the box as well, you’ve just cost your team 2 points. I hope you’re proud of yourself.
That last part is the rub, even though the game is dead simple to learn and play, it’s not going to appeal to everyone because of that pressure. That need to always be right, to know exactly what ties together the clues “flaky, French, butter”. If you don’t, you can most definitely feel like an idiot and as if you’ve let your entire team down, and for some folks, that will be too much for a game like this. We’ve had people freeze up and not want to guess. At some point they have thought that our games have to be life or death, when Just One, most definitely should not be played as if lives depend on it, like they do in Pandemic.
Game time: 20 minutes