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Induction Certificate Number:   74020110701-487
Induction Date:   July 01, 2011
Certificate License Status:   Active
Product:   Reverse Charades
MSRP:   $23.99 USD
Company URL:  http://www.reversecharades.com

Reverse Charades

by:  Rev. James G.W. Fisher - Editor / Product Evaluation Specialist
Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) Date:  07/01/2011

Reverse Charades is a hilarious twist on the classic charades game where one person acts out words for the team to guess. In this game an entire group has 60 seconds to act out as many words as one person can guess!

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Product Type Release Year Primary Usage Target Age / Max. Weight Target Gender
Board Games - Family 2010 Consumer 6 years + Female/Male

Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) - Index

Evaluation Report Summary (ERS)
Category Rating Scores

Category rating scores are based on scale from 1 to 5. Rating score must be 3 or higher to pass in each evaluation category.

Creative Agenda funQuotient™ Learning Curve Marketability Skill Development Visual Appeal
5 5 5 5 4 5

Final product / service rating is averaged from the sum total of ALL applicable evaluation category scores. Only scores of "3" or higher are published.

There are a total of 357 evaluation categories which are used in our evaluation process.
(NOTE: Not all categories are applicable to any one product or online service.)

Only 6 of the evaluation category rating scores for this New Inductee's evaluation are featured for public view.

Critical Evaluation Information

These icons represent important attributes with which this product / service is associated, contributes to, or encourages development of. Select any of the unique icons below to learn more about the specific attribute it represents.

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CE MarkedUL ApprovedJPMA Certified
(Not Applicable)(Not Applicable)
ASTM Complianteco-Friendlyeco-Conscious

Independent Lab Tested  Independent Lab Name 

  TUV SUD Hong Kong
LeadSafe™ - Surface Coatings/PaintLeadSafe™ - Content / SubstratesPhthalatesSafe
(Not Applicable)  
BPASafeSoluble Heavy MetalsMechanical/Physical
(Not Applicable)
Flammability - Solids/TextilesLabeling of Hazardous Art MaterialsiWatchDog™ Approved
(Complies with ICCS™ Certification Standards)
(Not Applicable)

UPC Code / ISBN#Manufacturer SKUAge Grading
70510517063 315594Labeled/Appropriate

Manufactured InSafety Hazard/Warnings


About Our New Inductee

Before you buy a product, it's generally common practice to be familiar with what it does, the branding, and other details. We feel that the same rule applies to our "New Inductees" we announce each week, so this section is titled "About Our New Inductee." The information in this section will provide you with a quick yet accurate glance of what the product or service is all about.

Image of people playing Reverse Charades.
Practically everybody is familiar with the classic game of Charades.  What a better concept in game development than to create a new game that is not a mimic of it but reversing the game play in the design of the game.  

The end result..."Reverse Charades".

Looking for a good Ice-breaker? Reverse Charades is what you are looking for.  It is a game that will create the most outright hilarious experience of game play you could ever image!

Are you curious enough yet? Well, Reverse Charades is a hilarious twist, (and that is literal as can be!) on the old classic stand-by game of Charades where one person acts out words for the team to guess. Uh, somewhat boring?  With Reverse Charades boredom isn't even the vocabulary. 

You have an entire team that has 60 seconds to act out as many words as one person can guess.  It's a fast-paced, fiercely fun team competition that's an absolute riot with families, work teams, school groups, party-goers or among a few close friends.

Just imagine if you will, a "Sad Sally" or a "Lonely Tim" type of person you are friends with suddenly becoming vibrant with excitement and laughter!  That's the effect you can't avoid when playing Reverse Charades.  The game has a way of bringing smiles and laughter out of virtually anyone no matter how reserved they may be.
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Additional Details & Perspectives

While it's great for some people who just want a cursory glance at what a New Inductee is all about, there are many others who have a greater appetite for more information. This section is titled "Additional Details & Perspectives". and will provide you with additional details and perspectives associated with the product or service being featured here.

An image of a group of people in active play with Reverse Charades. Building strategies, development of creative concepts to communicate without voice, and so many other activities are all part of game play with Reverse Charades.

The aforementioned activities are all associated with skill development and improvement. With each successive game that is played with Reverse Charades, an even greater level of improvement to skill development is inevitable no matter what the age of the player.

An important characteristic to take into consideration of Reverse Charades is that children in the younger age range are still developing critical skills.  As the age groups move to the "higher" range, these same skills begin to leaning more towards a near dormant state of functionality. Reverse Charades stimulates skill development for the younger age range of players, yet at the same time for the players in the older age range, it stimulates dormant skill development to awaken and allow even further development.

Would ever have imagined that a single card and a plastic timer could have such a dramatic impact on not just the funQuotient™ in the game play but skill development as well. This adds tremendous value on multiple levels.
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Independent Evaluator Reports

In this section we have called upon the assistance of top industry professionals to evaluate the product in this evaluation summary. These scholars form their own opinions from extensive analysis and produce detailed, in-depth reports connected with their own personal study and evaluation of the products submitted for independent evaluation.

The information to follow is comprised of excerpts from the independent evaluator reports that have been paraphrased, posted verbatim, or a combination of both in order to encapsulate an accurate presentation of the primary details conveyed in each report. This approach provides a completely independent perspective in the evaluation each product.

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Initial Report Outline
PRODUCT : Reverse Charades

Group Game Play
CONTRIBUTION: Creative Thought Development
TARGET AGE: 6 years +

This Week's Independent Evaluators

Doctor of Behavioral Study, Ph.D.
Author / Director of Clinical Behavioral Study

"Human behavior is such a fascinating subject to study and learn from.  Granted, this report is in reference to my study of a game, but what a perfect tool to stimulate a wealth of behavioral traits in a group of people that may normally be more subdued and not so visually evident.  The game creates life experience from which each of the players can grow and develop to an even greater degree.

Reverse Charades was such an efficient tool for stimulation of skill development, positive psychological continuity, and a perfect catalyst to create a desire to repeat use of the game for each player simultaneously. Reverse Charades contributes to improvement in every individual and the environment in which the social environment in which the game is being played.
plays an important role in social interaction development, sensory stimulation, and many other classes of skill development for all players.

Professor of Psychology M. Ed., & Ph.D. - Educational Theory Specialist
Institute Director of Educational Studies

"Reverse Charades has an unquestionably distinct style of social interactive Play which has an influence on the players from the very first card drawn. The game has a wondrous effect on all players when it comes to participation.  A player can't just sit back and casually view the show as others perform.  Each and every player plays an important part in the creation of the excitement that is literally contagious. 

Although people can often times have an aversion to their creative expression being so evident in their activity while playing a game, Reverse Charades breaks the ice of their normal behavior patterns resulting in greater skill development and psychosocial interactivity with others.  When you consider the gainful learning from repetitive Play with this game you have a magnificent example of desired result from progressive learning activity."

"Reverse Charades provides the players with a constantly changing group of variables that contribute to a natural desire to repeat playing the game rather than moving to other activities.  Reverse Charades is but a simple cause, yet creative thinking / expression, and psycho-social interaction are but a mere pittance of the effects gained from this game."

"This game stimulates a vast number of critical skill development areas as well as refreshing and sharpening already established skill development. It is a game which I can personally recommend to the highest degree for group interactive recreation."

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Consumer Hands-On Evaluation

Nothing is more powerful than hands-on experience by a consumer with a product when it is under evaluation. Based upon that fact we put a number of products we currently are slated to evaluate at the mercy of consumers in a hands-on evaluation where anything goes. The information to follow will explore the responses from the participants in our spontaneous hands-on consumer evaluation of the products available for their review.

Image of a group of peoplem playing Reverse Charades.
When it comes to consumer hands-on evaluation, what a better location than at the ASTRA 2011 show in Anaheim CA?  ASTRA had a game night which provided the perfect location to test Reverse Charades with plenty of willing participants!

The short version to define the response was the noise coming from all the laughter, cackling and who knows what else was louder than anywhere else in the room!

Reverse Charades made this segment of our evaluation so simple and easy to complete. In the game night at ASTRA 2011 which was mentioned earlier, the game participants changed tables roughly every 20 minutes or something to that effect. It was amazing how with every single group that played Reverse Charades, the level of laughter was off the scale!  An added point to make note of is how that everyone in each group played the game.

What I personally found of interest was how people who were quite reserved and quiet when they first began their play, left the game when done, laughing and social as ever!  You seldom find games that have such and incredible level of influence for change in people.  No matter what the demeanor of a person when they first began to play, they soon after were smiling and laughing like you would would never expect or even imagine.

After reviewing all notes, feedback forms, and still shots from the game night, Reverse Charades had clearly pushed the right buttons in every respect and passed this segment of our evaluation with the highest of recommendation to retailers, distributors, and consumers at large.
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A Sampling Of Our Evaluation Category Ratings

The rating of a product is useless if you do not fully understand and comprehend how the ratings is reached or what the value of the rating represents. This need for clarity encouraged us to have this section titled "A Sampling Of Our Evaluation Category Ratings." To assist you in gaining a greater understanding of the evaluation category ratings we use, a small sampling of the individual category titles & rating scores from the complete product review itself for this product or service are featured here.

The categories which have been selected to be featured in this evaluation report summary for public view, specify some of the primary points of how and why each specific rating score was reached.

The Featured Category Ratings Sampling For This Evaluation Summary Are Listed Below:

CREATIVE AGENDA: Rating Level - [5] an image of 4 gold  stars

Reverse Charades really pulled its weight in the evaluation for CREATIVE AGENDA. The creative agenda of the game is exceptional, being applicable for hybrid use. Reverse Charades delivers a guarantee of a strong narrative progression and response level as well as development of creative thinking and cognitive abstract symbolic reasoning. The players have to think and get creative with every single game.

Reverse Charades provides a challenge that causes an addictive effect, and I mean ADDICTIVE! Players always wanted to go for at least two-three games in our testing.. Reverse Charades pulled a perfect score of [5] Stars in this evaluation category for CREATIVE AGENDA.

funQUOTIENT™: Rating Level - [5] an image of 4 gold  stars

funQuotient™ is yet another evaluation category where Reverse Charades really strutted its stuff. To see so much laughter coming from so many people with every single group was nothing short of astounding. If this wasn't enough, Reverse Charades manages to maintain an equal and solid balance with skill development and improvement of social skills.  The funQuotient™ literally seemed to escalate with each successive game played.

Reverse Charades has all of the right elements successfully pooled together to create a level of funQuotient™ pulled it well above many of the other products in this week's final stage of evaluation. The literally endless number of narratives which could be developed to win this game, serve as a catalyst to create competitive challenge. Reverse Charades came in the gates with a perfect score of [5] Stars in this evaluation category for funQuotient™.

LEARNING CURVE: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

With Reverse Charades the LEARNING CURVE was so simple and short. Having a game designed with a short learning curve adds greater value to the game. It creates a stronger inspiration for players to strive even harder to develop their creative expression skills to win the game. This also enables Reverse Charades from being boring and redundant.  Reverse Charades comes racing across the finish line with a perfect score of [5] Stars in this category for LEARNING CURVE.

MARKETABILITY: Rating Level - [5] an image of 4 gold  stars

Reverse Charades clearly was working the valuable attributes in MARKETABILITY. It contains all of the primary elements we need to consider in the marketability of a product. Reverse Charades appeals to a vast range of age groups as well as being a hybrid product. Reverse Charades is a game that sells itself. Once a consumer get their first experience with Reverse Charades, they will not only play the game again but will share their the delight of their experience with others again and again.

There are so many points we could bring to your attention that make Reverse Charades such a hoot but that would take up far more space to read than would really be considered acceptable. Reverse Charades comes through in this evaluation category with a perfect score of [5] Stars in this category for MARKETABILITY.

SKILL IMPROVEMENT: Rating Level - [4] an image of 5 gold  stars

Many games are designed for a specific target audience. Reverse Charades breaks the barriers and is applicable for use in both the consumer and education environments. A progressive rate of skill development and improvement for players of all ages is inevitable with repetitive play. It is more than obvious to see that Reverse Charades makes a substantial contribution to skill development in this evaluation category, yet although the probable level of skill development is so strong, it just doesn't have enough evidence of contribution to skill development to take the prize. Reverse Charades falls short of a perfect score by just 1 digit with a final score of [4] Stars in this category for SKILL IMPROVEMENT.

VISUAL APPEAL: Rating Level - [5] an image of 4.5 gold  stars

VISUAL APPEAL posed an interesting challenge in our evaluation of Reverse Charades. The game is simple, no spectacular splash of imagery yet the simple and bright colors with very visible text draws the attention of everyone so well.  Whether it be the game box or the game cards, the Reverse Charades still manages to pull the highest of evaluation ratings in each area of the Visual Appeal evaluation category. Reverse Charades strutted right through in this evaluation category with a perfect score of [5] Stars in this category for VISUAL APPEAL.

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