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Original Rules for Ultimate Catch Phrase

If you have lost the original insert that came with your purchase of Ultimate Catch Phrase by Hasbro, we have a scanned copy for you here.

(We also have the rules for classic Catch Phrase.)

And if you enjoy playing Ultimate Catch Phrase and are looking for the best iPhone party game – try Other Words. Other Words is an app like Catch Phrase.

A scanned copy of the original rules that came with Ultimate Catch Phrase by Hasbro. Front side. A scanned copy of the original rules that came with Ultimate Catch Phrase by Hasbro. Back side.

Catch it! Guess It! Toss It!

What's new about Ultimate Catch Phrase?

Get Ready

  1. Divide into two teams. Alternate players in a circle so that each player is next to a member of the other team. Each player needs to be able to toss the game unit to a member of the other team as quickly as possible. For more of a challenge, have everyone take a few steps back so you're farther apart.
  2. The player with the biggest hands goes first with the game unit. That player's team is TEAM 1. The opposing team is TEAM 2.
  3. Wake the game by pressing Go/Next. Select a category by pressing the Category button repeatedly to scroll through the various options.
  4. Reset the score tracker for each team to 0.


Be the first team to reach seven points. To win points, don't get caught holding the game unit when the timer runs out!

Let's Play!

When you're ready, hit Go/Next to start the game! A 90-second timer will start and a word or phrase from the chosen category will appear on the screen.

Get your team to guess that word or phrase by giving them clues!

If your teammates haven't guessed the word or phrase after 15 seconds, the unit will beep three times and "PASS TO TEAMMATE" will appear on the screen. Quickly toss the game unit to a teammate, and they'll automatically get a new word or phrase.




Once your team guesses the word, toss the unit to the player on your left (this should be a member of the opposite team). That person makes sure the previous answer was correct, then clicks Go/Next. A new word or phrase will appear on the screen and it's now their turn to give clues and have their team guess. The round ends when the buzzer sounds to indicate time has run out.


Remember: your team MUST correctly guess the word or phrase before you can toss the game unit to the opposing team!


When the buzzer sounds, time's up. The team NOT holding the unit gets one point. For an extra point, they can guess the word the losing team couldn't get. If their guess is correct, they get one BONUS point (scoring a total of two points for the round).

You can keep track of points using the sliders on the game unit. After you've scored for the round just played, the team holding the unit begins the next round.

The player holding the unit when the timer went off starts the next round. Pick a category with the Category button and press the Go/Next button to start the timer.


The first team to reach seven points wins!

To shut the game unit off, press and hold both buttons for 3 seconds.