Picture Show Game Review

Picture Show Game Review

Picture Show Game Review

Picture Show is like a mini-theatre version of charades crossed with a shadow puppet show, here is our family review of the game. One of my happy childhood memories is of going camping with my family and one night my Dad created shadows on the wall using a torch and his hand, and we had to guess the shapes. Picture Show is like a miniature version of this. It is really quick to learn and suitable for children from aged 7 and up.

Box cover with cartoon illustration of players
Box cover

How to Play Picture Show

The aim of Picture Show is for you, or your team if you are playing in group of more than 2 players, to try and guess as many right answers within the time period.

Players divide into teams and then select their first ‘Master of Shadows’ from their team. This person sits behind the screen and the rest of the team sit on the opposite side. At the start of the Master’s turn, he or she switches on the spotlight and picks a proposal card from the pile. The Master then tries to create shadow shapes as quickly as possible, by using the magnets supplied and attaching them to the magnetic poles, so that their team mates can guess what the word is that they are creating. As soon as the team guesses correctly, the Master can draw another card. The spotlight starts flashing 10 seconds before the end of the round which is exciting but stressful!! 😀

Then it’s the next team’s turn to play.

The winning team is the one with the most cards by the end of the game, after a predetermined number of rounds.

Setting up the Picture Show Game
Setting up screen, proposal cards and the magnets for play

Our verdict?

We really enjoyed Picture Show as a family, it was a great way to spend a couple of dark evenings together during lockdown. We developed our own version of the game, without teams, where we sit in a row on the sofa opposite the screen and individuals have to guess as many cards as they can. One evening the atmosphere went from hilarious to hatred in about 50 seconds, but that’s more a reflection on our family game playing technique than the game itself.

This was one of those moments of hilarity.

I like how the rules give you some ideas and show you various different ways to use the shapes to tell stories or create shapes. It’s great that you can add to the game by creating your own proposals if you feel you have become too familiar with all the cards. The kids can even use the screen to create their own puppet shows at other times!

What did my family say about the game?

Athol (husband): “I enjoyed it, it’s a different type of a challenge to any other game we have” – This is true as this game is hands on, every player has the opportunity to create images or play out scenarios with the magnets.

Eva (18): “I enjoyed it but I think that the time given by the timer is too short” – I agree so we give players another go in order to have the opportunity to get through more cards in their turn. You can also switch the light over to training mode if you wish, in order to keep the light shining indefinitely.

Nate (15): “It’s fun but the pieces are a bit finicky” – I think it does take a bit of practice getting used to using the magnets, the game requires a certain level of fine motor co-ordination. It helps playing a couple of training rounds first.

Rebecca (13): “I think it’s really fun except for when they start hitting me with the sticks!” – See above, I do not endorse this!!

Contents of Picture Show

contents of Picture Show Game
Contents of the game with screen elements before construction on the right.

Picture show contains the following:

1 Spotlight

1 Screen with 2 bases, 2 pillars and 2 decorative spotlights

2 Magnetic sticks

45 Magnetic Shapes

120 Idea cards each card has three different proposals

A Rulebook

Assembly Instructions

Specs of Picture Show

  • For 2-8 players, although I reckon you could play this in larger groups quite easily.
  • Suitable for players aged 7 and up. I think younger players would struggle with the concepts, some concepts need you to be able to think in metaphors
  • Game play takes approximately 20 minutes but you can extend this to as long as you like if you play multiple rounds.
Picture Show Game Review
Can you guess the animal? 😀

Where to buy your own copy of the Picture Show Game:

The current RRP for Time’s Up Party is £24 or €26.50, however, there may be specials on at the moment! You can buy your own Picture Show game here(Please note this is an affiliate link, if you make a purchase I receive a tiny commission at no extra cost to you).


Disclaimer: We were sent a free Picture Show Game in exchange for a review, all opinions are my own.

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2 thoughts on “Picture Show Game Review”

  1. This looks really fun! I hadn’t heard of this game before this post, so thanks for sharing your review! Your daughter Rebecca’s comment made me laugh 🙂

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