Guess Who Children's Game

How To Play Guess Who

Guess Who Game Rules (PDF Instructions)

Play Time
10 MIN
Guess Who is a classic two player game where opponents attempt to guess which character out of 24 possibilities their opponent has picked. Questions such as "Are you wearing glasses?" can help narrow down your choices. But choose your questions wisely and don't let your opponent name your character first! Guess Who is fun for younger children and playing time does not last for more than 10 minutes. If you don't want to pull out a full sized game, Guess Who is fun for almost any occasion including vacations.

The game features a game board with a set of characters, each with their own unique appearance, such as hair color, facial hair, and glasses. Each player selects a mystery character from the set of characters and places it in a designated spot on their game board. The players then take turns asking yes or no questions to narrow down the identity of the other player's mystery character.

For example, a player might ask, "Does your character have blonde hair?" If the answer is yes, the player can eliminate all characters that do not have blonde hair. The game continues in this manner, with each player trying to ask strategic questions that will help them narrow down the possibilities.

Guess Who is a simple and fun game that can be played by children and adults alike. The game can be customized by adding new characters, changing the appearance of the existing characters, or using a different theme altogether. It is a great game for teaching deductive reasoning, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills.
The game Guess Who should come with the following components. These are based off of the original game and don't include components from any expansion packs or different editions.

  • Two Guess Who Game Board Trays
  • 24 Mystery Cards
  • 48 Face Cards
  • Face Frames
  • Two Score Keepers
  • Official Guess Who Game Rules And Instructions
How to Win
Guess your opponent's mystery person before your opponent guesses yours.
How to Win
Perparation: Choose a partner and each player selects a Guess Who board with their own set of mystery characters. Each player chooses a mystery character and keeps it a secret from their opponent.

Game Play: Players take turns asking yes or no questions about their opponent's mystery character. For example, "Does your character have glasses?"

Based on the answer to the question, the player eliminates characters from their board that do not fit the description. For example, if the answer is "no," then the player can eliminate all characters that have glasses.

The game continues in this manner, with each player trying to eliminate as many characters as possible until they can make an accurate guess as to their opponent's mystery character. The first player to correctly guess their opponent's mystery character wins the game.

Players can use deduction to their advantage by asking strategic questions that eliminate multiple characters at once. Players can also use the process of elimination to narrow down their opponent's mystery character. For example, if the player knows that their opponent's character is not wearing a hat, they can eliminate all characters wearing a hat. Players should take turns asking questions and answering them honestly.

Please keep in mind that the official Guess Who rules and instructions could be different depending on the game version you have. The rules below are some of the exact directions that came in the original packaging and will teach you how to play Guess Who. Download these original PDF game rules or print them for later use.

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Jono says:

Being female is not an attribute like bald or blue eyed. Gender lines should be even to reduce the advantage if one person drew a female character.
Lily says:

These Aren't The Real Rules Because I Have This Game At My School And I Play It All The Time.
May says:

I love this game I am a grandma of 15 kids and I have played this game with my on kids too.This game has been passed down for generations in my family.My parents started playing this game with me when I was 5 years old and we would play every Fridays game night.
Dave says:

For some really helpful strategy... . Steve Beard asked, "Can you ask this question? Does your person have black or brown hair? Or is that considered 2 questions?" I think that is only one question - the person will not answer each of them individually. All it will do is make a larger population.
Dave says:

Do some of the 'bald' characters also have hair? For example, does Alex have white hair and is bald? It does help to maintain that the attributes come in quantities of 5... 5 women, 5 bald, 5 hats, 5 glasses, ...
Steve Beard says:

Can you ask this question? Does your person have black or brown hair? Or is that considered 2 questions?
Spike says:

Need uk electronic instruction, all I can find is USA version and the board is entirely different
Denise says:

I made new cards using my grandchildren's friends and family members. It makes it so much more fun!
lorrie says:

I bought this game for my daughter when she was young...she is now 31. I now play it ( the same game, have saved it all this time)with her 9 year old son. It has become his favorite game for the moment...we play a lot of board games.
lucy says:

what social skills does this game develop?
seth kramer says:

Hi i am really happy that youguys or whoever created this game did. It was the best and still is the best game i have ever played in my entire life.
seth kramer says:

Hi i am really happy that youguys or whoever created this game did. It was the best and still is the best game i have ever played in my entire life.
Gail James says:

You should have more women there are too many men.
JohnnyJimbo says:

The game rules / instructions are not correct for the 1991 version of Guess Who which has pins for score keepers.
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