OBJECT OF PANTONE: The object of Pantone is to be the player with the most points by the end of the third round.

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2 to 20 players

MATERIALS: 132 Character Cards, 60 Swatch Cards, Swatch Card Tray, and Rules

TYPE OF GAME: Competitive Card Game



Pantone is the game for those of you who are creative. If you are a painter, or an artist of any sort, this game will allow you to fully express that. After you have been given a character card, you use the color swatches to quickly build your character. You only have one minute, so be fast!

After that, the other players attempt to guess your character. There are some hints available, but points decrease as hints increase. Play will get increasingly harder throughout the three rounds, seeing that in the last round only three color cards may be used to depict your character. 

Be creative. Be fun. Enjoy the game of Pantone!


The deck of character cards are shuffled, and each player is given four cards. They all choose one to discard, leaving three cards in their hand, hidden from other players. The Swatch cards are placed close to the group, and the game is ready to begin!


The Artist will choose one of their cards from their hand, begin a minute long timer and immediately get to work. The Artist has a minute to use the Swatch cards to create a depiction of their character. During the first round, the Artist may use any number of cards. During round two, the Artist may only use one of each color. During the final round, the Artist may only use three Swatch cards.

Once the Artist is complete, or the timer runs out, each player gets five seconds to guess the character in clockwise order. If a player guesses correctly the first time, them and the Artist earn five points.

If no players are able to guess the first time, a hint is given and a point is deducted. There are four available hints. If nobody guesses the character after four hints, points are tallied, and the next round begins. 

The Artist position passes clockwise through the group. Game play continues as mentioned above with more restrictions on the Swatch cards in the following rounds. After three rounds of play, points are tallied. The player with the most points after three rounds wins the game!


The game ends after three rounds of play. The player with the most points wins the game.

Nakoa Davis