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How to Play Pictionary Vs. AI Board Game: Rules and Instructions

How to Play Pictionary Vs. AI Board Game: Rules and Instructions

Objective of Pictionary Vs. AI

The objective of Pictionary Vs. AI is to draw images that the AI can guess while also predicting if the AI can guess the other player’s drawings.

Setup for Pictionary Vs. AI

  • You need a smartphone that is capable of taking pictures. You will scan the included QR code which takes you to a website ( that you will play the game on.
  • Set the phone that you are using for the game in the phone holder.
  • Place the gameboard in the middle of the table.
  • Shuffle the clue cards and set them facedown on the table. The players will decide whether they are going to use the red or blue side of the cards during the game.
  • Each player chooses a color. They will take the mover and tokens that match the color they chose. Place your mover on the start space of the gameboard.
  • Each player also takes a board and a marker. If you lose a marker you can use a dark dry erase marker with a round tip.
Setup for Pictionary Vs. AI

Playing Pictionary Vs. AI

Each round of Pictionary Vs. AI consists of five steps.

  1. Spin the Wheel for a Challenge
  2. Draw Clues
  3. Place Tokens
  4. AI Guesses
  5. Move Players’ Tokens

Spin the Wheel for a Challenge

To begin each round you will press the button on your phone. This spins a wheel which determines the challenge for the current round. How each challenge impacts the round is detailed below.

Ready, Set, Draw – You will draw this round with no special rule in place. You will start every game with a Ready, Set, Draw Round.

Switch your Hand – For this round each player has to use their non dominant hand to draw. For example if you usually use your right hand to draw, you need to use your left hand.

No Peeking! – During a No Peeking! round, you must close your eyes. All of the players will draw this round without looking at what they are drawing.

Helping Hand – Before you start the round hand your board to the player on your right. They will draw a single line on your board without knowing what you are ultimately going to end up drawing. 

Hands Free – For this round you cannot use your hands to draw. You can draw any other way that does not involve using your hands. For example you can hold the marker in your teeth, toes, etc.

Speed Round – In this round you will draw normally. You have a very limited amount of time to draw your picture though.

Choosing a Challenge in Pictionary Vs. AI
For this round players will play Ready, Set, Draw. There are no special rules regarding how you draw this round.

Draw Clues in Pictionary Vs. AI

Before you start the timer, each player draws a clue card. They will keep the card secret from the other players. When everyone has looked at their card you will tap the “Start Timer” button on your phone. This starts the timer.

Drawing a picture
For this round this player has to try and draw eyeglasses.

At this point all of the players will draw their clues at the same time. They have until the timer runs out. When the timer stops, you must stop drawing immediately.

Drawing a Picture in Pictionary Vs. AI
For this round the player drew a pair of eyeglasses.

Some rules you should follow while drawing so the AI can detect your drawing are as follows:

  • When drawing you should hold your board so the logo is at the top of the card.
  • You should only draw lines and not fill in areas. Filling in areas messes up the AI.
  • You should only draw on the white area of the board.
Incorrectly drawing a cake
This player tried to draw a cake and shaded in part of the drawing. This is not recommended because it can mess up the AI.

Place Tokens

After the timer runs out all of the players should place their drawings where the rest of the players can see them.

You cannot look at the other players’ clue cards (you don’t know what they were actually trying to draw). Each player decides which drawing they think the AI will be able to figure out. You will place your + token on the board for the picture you have chosen. You must pick one of the drawings and you cannot pick your own. The tokens should not be placed directly on the drawing.

Placing a + token
The green player thinks the AI will be able to correctly identify this picture. They place their + symbol on it.

Next you will pick one of the drawings that you don’t think the AI will be able to figure out. You will place your – token on the corresponding board. You must pick a drawing, and you cannot choose your own.

Placing a - token in Pictionary Vs. AI
The pink player does not think the AI will be able to correctly guess this drawing. They place their – token on the picture.

AI Guesses

During this step the player’s will take turns showing their drawings to the AI. You will place your board in the holder and set the holder up in front of your phone.

Scanning a Picture in Pictionary Vs. AI
The player has placed their drawing in front of the phone. The game scans their drawing and tries to guess what was drawn.

The AI will scan your picture and make a guess at what you drew. If the AI has trouble scanning your picture you may have to move your board closer or farther away from your phone.

Make note of what the AI guesses for each of the drawings.

AI correctly guessed the drawing
The AI correctly guessed that the player drew eyeglasses.
AI guessed incorrectly
This player drew a cake. The AI thought it was a frog. The AI guessed incorrectly.

Advance Movers

After the AI has guessed what each drawing is, the players will determine how many points they scored.

Final results of AI's guesses
For this round the AI correctly guessed that yellow drew eyeglasses. It incorrectly guessed the other three drawings.
Placing tokens in Pictionary Vs. AI
Three of the players placed their – token on the green drawing. Green placed their – token on the blue drawing. The blue and yellow players placed their + token on pink’s drawing. Finally green and pink placed their + tokens on yellow’s drawing.

You will move your mover forward one space each time one of following occur.

  • If the AI guesses your drawing correctly.
  • Should you place your + token on a drawing that the AI guessed correctly.
  • If you play a – token on a drawing that the AI did not guess correctly.
  • Should all of the other players place a – token on your drawing, you can earn an additional space if the AI guesses it correctly.
Scoring in Pictionary Vs. AI
The yellow player ended up scoring two points. They received one point from the AI correctly guessing their picture, and one point for correctly guessing that the AI wouldn’t guess the green picture correctly. The pink and green players scored two points because they correctly guessed that the AI would get the yellow picture correct, and they also correctly picked a picture that the AI got wrong. Finally the blue player scored one point because they correctly guessed that the AI would mess up the green picture.

If no one has reached the finish space, you will play another round. Make sure you completely wipe off the boards before you start the next round. You should use a damp cloth to clean the boards.

Winning Pictionary Vs. AI

The first player to reach the finish space wins Pictionary Vs. AI.

Winning Pictionary Vs. AI
The yellow player reached the final space on the gameboard. They have won the game.

If two or more players reach the finish space on the same turn, you will play a tiebreaker. Draw a single clue card. All of the tied players will race to draw the clue at the same time. When a player has finished drawing they will put down their board and marker. The first player to finish drawing gets to show their drawing to the AI first. If the AI guesses the picture correctly, that player wins the game. If not the next player to finish their drawing gets to show it to the AI. The first player that shows a picture that the AI guesses correctly wins the game.

Alternate Ways of Playing Pictionary Vs. AI

Free Play

If you decide to play using the Free Play mode, there is no challenges or a timer.

Two Player Co-Op

If there are only two players, you can play the game co-op. The players will take turns being the clue giver and the drawer.

The clue giver takes a clue card and gives clues to the other player about what to draw. You can tell them what shapes to draw and where to draw them. You cannot give them details about the word through your clues though.

After you have finished the drawing you will show it to the AI. If it guesses correctly, you will keep the card faceup. If it guesses incorrectly, you will turn the card facedown.

After you have played ten rounds, you will count how many cards are faceup. If there are more faceup than facedown cards, you have won the game.

Pictionary Vs. AI FAQs

If you have any questions about how to play Pictionary Vs. AI, leave a comment below on this post. I will try to answer any questions asked as best and as quickly as possible.

Components for Pictionary Vs. AI


  • Phone Holder
  • Erasable Board Holder
  • Gameboard
  • 112 Clue Cards
  • 4 Movers
  • 4 Wet Erase Markers
  • 4 Erasable Boards
  • 8 Tokens
  • Instructions

Year: 2023 | Publisher: Mattel | Designer: Christopher Lawrence

Genres: Drawing, Family, Party

Ages: 8+ | Number of Players: 2-4 | Length of Game: 20 minutes

Difficulty: Light | Strategy: Light | Luck: Moderate

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