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Pictures (2020) is a puzzle game about recreating pictures with everyday objects. You are assigned a picture from a grid of cards on the table and given a set of materials (cubes, sticks and stones, cards) to make it with. How well you do is determined by how many people can guess which picture you are creating. It's quick and fun because it forces you to get creative with limited resources.

Each player is assigned one of the pictures on the four-by-four grid of cards on the table. You then use your materials to create the image as best you can. You score points for how many other players guess your picture correctly and you get points if you guess other people's pictures.

You then pass your materials around to the next person and go again with your new set of items. This continues until each player has used each type of material. This repetition is more than a means of moving the play along, as you develop a language about the pictures you have in front of you that enables you to use your materials in more nuanced ways.

Pictures is a game that's simple to understand yet offers some really deep play as you learn to work with the different sets of objects. You are forced to use unusual forms of expression and each material set feels really distinct from the others.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Pictures 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 5 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Communication and Creative game. You can play with 3 to 5 players in the same room.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Learn to Play: This takes 5 minutes to learn. It's super simple to learn. When first playing the following suggestions help get you started:
  • Demonstrate on picture attempt and let players guess out loud.
  • Introduce the different material sets.
  • Ensure you place the Pictures tile at the bottom of your creation so other players can orient themselves.

Play Time: This game will take between 20 minutes and half an hour to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Level

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Really young children can enjoy this and are often better than adults at creating pictures. It just requires skills of imagination, visualisation and representation.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.


There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2020

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 3-5

Genres: Communication and Creative

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: Bag, Cards, Placeables and Score Board

Developer: Rio Grande Games (@RioGrandeGames)

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