Psych! Outwit Your Friends

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Great party game with trivia for friends and families.

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Ease of Play

The game is very easy to learn to play. 

Violence
Sex

There's no sexual content in the game itself, but players might add comments which could result in inappropriate content. 

Language

There's no foul language in the game itself, but players might add comments which could result in inappropriate content. 

Consumerism

Players can buy additional question decks to keep content fresh. Prices generally ranges between $1-$2.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There's no drug or alcohol content in the game itself, but players might add comments which could result in inappropriate content. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Psych! Outwit Your Friends is a party game for iOS and Android devices that revolves around trivia and bluffing. Players are asked to provide false answers to a question, and then everyone votes on the one they believe is real. You get points by both guessing the correct answer and by fooling people into believing yours is the correct one. There's no objectionable content in the game, but players can always add an "X" factor to that, providing inappropriate bluff answers. Players can also pay for expansion packs to add additional content, which costs $1-2 per pack. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

In PSYCH! OUTWIT YOUR FRIENDS, players choose from a variety of categories (including animals, movies and laws) and then make up fake answers to trivia questions. All of the fake answers, as well as the correct one, are then revealed and all players must try to guess the correct answer. You earn points by either guessing correctly or when other people choose your fib. Players can add a virtual Ellen DeGeneres into the game as well, trying not to guess her Psych answer. While most of the categories are about common areas, one round also lets people answer questions about each other, adding a social element to the game. 

Is it any good?

There has never been a better time for a good social party game. Psych! Outwit your friends is the latest creation from the team that put together Heads Up! and, like that title, the point of the game is to enjoy the company of others more than focus on winning. The larger the group you can put together -- both in the same room or playing remotely -- the better, as more fake answers make for more opportunities to laugh. Smaller groups might have less fun, though, as it's too easy to figure out who came up with which psych answer. (Four or more is best for a good couple of rounds.) 

The addition of a virtual Ellen joining the game will please fans of her show, but isn't an essential component. And the questions about each other can either be lots of fun or slightly awkward, but players tend to take it in stride as part of a game. In a time where everyone is locked in the house and communicating with each other via videoconferencing software, this is a wonderful way to pass the time with friends near and far. And it will bring some much needed smiles to people's faces.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about making logical guesses. How can you narrow down options to make a correct guess? Can you use the skills from Psych! Outwit Your Friends in real life?

  • Why are things that seem obvious not always the right answer? Is there a reason why this feels more like a trick instead of an apparent choice?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: April 16, 2020
  • Category: Board Games
  • Size: 308.00 MB
  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Entertainment
  • Version: 10.3.7
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or later; Requires Android 4.1 and up
  • Last updated: May 5, 2020

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