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Incohearent: Family Edition Party Game: Rules and Instructions for How to Play

Incohearent: Family Edition Party Game: Rules and Instructions for How to Play

Incohearent: Family Edition How to Play Quick Links: Objective | Setup | Playing the Game | Winning the Game | FAQ | Components

Objective of Incohearent: Family Edition

The objective of Incohearent: Family Edition is to guess what phrase the “gibberish” on the cards sounds like. If you correctly guess the phrase, you win the card.



No real setup is required in Incohearent: Family Edition. Simply take a stack of cards and the timer out of the box and place them so everybody can reach them.


Playing Incohearent: Family Edition

Players have two options for how to play Incohearent: Family Edition. You can play as individuals (free-for-all) or divide into two teams. Team play is meant for larger groups since you need ten cards to win and that could take a long time in a free-for-all. However, it is your choice which way you’d like to play.



One player acts as the judge each round. Their job is to flip the timer, hold up a card so all players can read the text on it, and to let players know when they have said the correct phrase.

To begin each round, the judge flips over the timer and shows everybody the front of the first card. These cards appear to contain “gibberish” but also sound like a popular phrase. For example, a card could say “ought lease hat diss vie ink.”

This image shows three sample cards. The first says "fine tink knee mow," the second "ken eye goat too tub auth rue ma," and the last says "shaun ledge chin."

Three examples of clue cards in Incohearent: Family Edition. Can you guess what phrase is hidden in the gibberish?

The “translators” (the non-judge players) are tasked with trying to figure out what that popular phrase is. In this case, the answer is “oddly satisfying” (ought = odd, lease = ly, hat diss = satis, and vie ink = fying).

This picture shows the backs of the cards pictured in the previous image. The correct answers were "Finding Nemo," "Can I Go to the Bathroom?," and "John Legend."

The correct answers for the three clue cards pictured above.

Translators also have the ability to ask the judge for one hint (printed on the back of the card). If the translators ask for the hint, the judge should read it out loud (for “oddly satisfying” the hint is “watching an enjoyable video”). Translators can only ask for one hint each round (for just one of the cards).

A close-up of the hint section on the back of a clue card. For the "Finding Nemo" card it is "just keep swimming."

For the “Finding Nemo” card, the hint would be “just keep swimming.”

If someone decodes the phrase correctly, the judge gives them the card. If none of the translators can figure it out, they may elect to pass. Either way, the judge pulls out the next card and shows it to everyone. Play continues in this way until three cards have been solved by the translators or the 60-second timer runs out. The role of judge moves to the next player clockwise and a new round begins in the exact same way.

This picture shows the end of a round of Incohearent: Family Edition. The player on the left has earned one card while the player on the right has won two of them.

At the end of the round, the player on the left has earned one card and the player on the right has earned two cards from correctly guessing the phrases on the clue cards.


Team Play (For Larger Groups)

If you have a larger group to play Incohearent: Family Edition, it may be better to play as two teams. The rules are mostly the same as free-for-all (so read the above text even if you don’t plan to play individually) except that you will play three rounds instead of trying to win ten cards. Presumably the cap on three cards per turn doesn’t exist in this version but the rules aren’t clear here.


Winning Incohearent: Family Edition

Winning a Free-For-All Game

The first player to earn ten cards is the winner of Incohearent: Family Edition. However, the rules allow you to modify the amount of cards needed to win in order to allow for a longer or shorter game. Just make sure to decide on how many cards to go for before you start playing.

This picture shows ten cards fanned out indicating that this player has won the game (free-for-all rules).

This player has collected ten cards and has won the game.


Winning a Team Play Game

The team with the most decoded cards at the end of three turns wins Incohearent: Family Edition. If there is a tie, each team selects one player to play as their translator in a sudden death overtime. A new card is revealed and the first translator to correctly decode the card wins the game for their team.

This picture shows a team play game where the left team earned eight cards at the end of the game. The team on the right only has five cards so the left team is the winner.

The team on the left earned eight cards while the team on the right only scored five. The team on the left wins the game (team play rules).


Incohearent: Family Edition FAQ


Note: If you have any questions about how to play Incohearent: Family Edition, leave a comment below on this post. I will try to answer any questions asked as best and as quickly as possible.



This picture shows all of the components included in Incohearent: Family Edition, including the box, a sand timer, the instructions, and five stacks of 100 cards each.

The components included in Incohearent: Family Edition.

  • 500 cards
  • Instructions
  • 1 60-second timer


Year: 2020 | Publisher: What Do You Meme? | Designer: Elliot Tebele

Genres: Party, Comedy, Deduction

Ages: 12+ | Number of Players: 2-20+ | Length of Game: 20-40 minutes

Difficulty: Light | Strategy: Light | Luck: Light

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Note: We have also covered the rules for the first game in this series, Incohearent.

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