When I was trying to figure out a name for my word guessing game, I nearly decided on calling it Password. I wanted to call it Password because the goal was for you to get your partner to say your “secret” word, aka your password, using the least amount of words as possible. Although you are given 4 clues in total to play, I found that you could quite often do it in one word. And by using only a one word clue, it made the game much more challenging and interesting.
For instance, given the word “earmuffs” you could possibly give the clues: winter, accessory, protection, and headphones. Now, try describing “earmuffs” in one word. Much harder, right? If I was playing with my sister, I might say “hamburger…” to get her to say earmuffs. *Note* Hamburger earmuffs is a Simpsons reference.
Little did I know, someone already created a game based upon similar principles called Password. Password was a classic game show that aired throughout the 1960′s to 1980′s (way before my time). I only happen to stumble upon it while doing research for Oobat.
Password is played in teams of two. The word to be conveyed, the password, is given to one member of each team. The teams alternate turns. The player given the password gives a one-word clue to their partner in hopes of them guessing the password. If they don’t guess it correctly, the other team has a chance to take the round by providing another one-word clue. Scoring is based upon the number of clues given. 10 points are rewarded for guessing the password on the first clue with sequential turns being one point less. It may sound complicated, but don’t worry. It’s rather simple once you see it played.
Some random thoughts on the above video. How do you guess “wigwam” and “spinster” on the first clue? That blew my mind! Also, I have a new found respect for Carol Burnett. She’s a really funny and smart person – the kind of person I would love to hangout with. She was just some old lady to me before. I guess this is what you call a generational gap problem.
Password seems like a really fun party game. It’s a shame that it really isn’t that popular in this day and age. There are many aspects of Password that I like. In hopes of making the best possible social party game, I intend to duplicate and translate the best parts of classical word games like Password into Oobat. Zynga may have given up on OMGPOP and online social gaming, but I feel that developers just need to figure out how to properly translate the fun aspects of more traditional party games into a more modern form.