OBJECTIVE OF ALIAS: The objective of Alias is to be the first team to reach the finish space on the board.

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 4 to 12 Players

MATERIALS: 1 Gameboard, 400 Word Cards, 1 Sand Timer, 6 Game Pieces, and Instructions

TYPE OF GAME: Party Board Game

AUDIENCE: Ages 7 and Up


Alias is a board game where the objective is for the players to explain words to each other, making sure to not use the single word. The game is played in teams that vary in size, so it can be the perfect game for a party with larger crowds. Many different variations of Alias have presented over the years.


Firstly, place the gameboard in the center of the playing area within reach of all other players. Each team chooses a playing piece in the color of their choosing and places it one Start space on the board. The cards are all shuffled and placed face down beside the game board. Each team will then choose a player to begin the first round. The game is then ready to begin.


First, the first chosen player will then collect 15 to 20 cards from the deck. The team will choose a number between one to eight, and that will be the card that the players begin with. When the timer is flipped, the player with the cards begins to try and get their team to answer the words on the card without using the word on the card.

If the team guesses the right word, the player places the card on the table and continues to the next one. When the sand timer empties, the other team will yell “stop”. The player then moves their game piece the number of spaces equal to the number of cards that were guessed correctly. If the player is still explaining, then the guess opens up for everyone to score a point. After the final guess, the next team begins their turn.
Gameplay continues in this manner until a player reaches the last place on the board.


The game comes to an end when a team reaches the final spot on the gameboard. This team becomes the winner!

Nakoa Davis