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Incohearent Party Game: Rules and Instructions for How to Play

Incohearent Party Game: Rules and Instructions for How to Play

Incohearent is a party game meant for adults. As this site is family friendly, I have avoided using pictures or examples of the more adult oriented cards. Be aware that quite a few of the cards in the game would be inappropriate for kids younger than eighteen.

Incohearent how to play quick links:  |  Objective  |  Setup  |  Playing the Game  | End of Round | Winning the Game | Squad-Up

Objective of Incohearent

The objective of Incohearent is to decode thirteen hidden messages before the other players.


  • Place the box of cards in the middle of the table.
  • Choose a player to be the Judge for the first round. The rest of the players will play as the Translators. These roles will rotate each round.

Playing Incohearent

You will play Incohearent over a number of rounds. Each round lasts for either 60 seconds or until players decode three cards (whichever is faster).

The Judge will start the round by flipping over the timer. They will then select a card and show it with the hidden message towards the Translators.

Decoding the Hidden Message

Once the Judge reveals the card, all of the players try to figure out the hidden message. Each card has a random set of words/letters that when said in a certain way sounds like another phrase. The Translators try to figure out what the hidden phrase is for each card. All of the Translators can read the card out loud as many times as they want to try and figure out the hidden phrase.

Clue Side of Incohearent Card
The Judge has revealed the first card for the round. All of the Translators will keep reading the phrase printed on the card to try and figure out the hidden message.

The first player to guess the correct hidden phrase wins the card. The Judge draws another card that the Translators try to figure out.

Figuring Out the Hidden Message in Incohearent
The players keep reading off the clue until someone figures out that the hidden message is “Pokemon Go”. The player who figures it out first earns the card.

If the Translators can’t figure out the phrase, the Judge can choose to read the hint on the back of the card. They may only do this for one of the cards each round though. At any time the Translators can agree to skip the card. In this case the Judge draws a new card.

Clue side of card featuring the phrase "came off drones".
Next the Judge reveals this card with the phrase “came off drones”. The Translators have to figure out the hidden message.
The solution to the previous card was "Game of Thrones".
The solution to the previous clue was “Game of Thrones”. If the players have trouble figuring it out the judge could give them the hint “Iron Throne”.

End of Round

When the timer runs out or three cards have been decoded by the Translators, the round ends. Players who guessed a correct phrase keep the corresponding card(s) for the rest of the game.

The role of Judge passes to the next player counter-clockwise/right.

Winning Incohearent

The first player to collect thirteen cards wins the game.

A player has acquired thirteen Incohearent cards and has won the game.
This player has acquired thirteen cards. They have won the game.


If there are a lot of players or you would rather play in teams, you can choose to split into two teams.

Most of the rules are the same. Instead of playing to thirteen cards though, each team gets to play three rounds.

The team with the most collected cards at the end of the three rounds wins the game. If there is a tie, each team nominates one Translator. One final card is revealed. The first Translator to correctly guess the hidden phrase wins the game for their team.

The components of Incohearent

Year: 2019 | Publisher: What Do You Meme? | Designer: Elliot Tebele

Genres: Party, Word

Ages: 17+ | Number of Players: 2-20 | Length of Game: 20-40 minutes

Difficulty: Light | Strategy: Light | Luck: Light-Moderate

Components: 500 cards, 60 second timer, instructions

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