The Taboo game is a classic party game that challenges players to guess a word based on visual clues and verbal hints. Players must complete the task before getting "taboo'd" by the other team.
Taboo was created in 1989 by Parker Brothers and developed by Tom Kreiger and Peggy Steffe. Since then, it has sold millions of copies and is still played by family and friends today.
Players draw cards from a deck containing words or phrases. They then have to give clues about the word or phrase without using any taboo words listed on each card.
The traditional rules of the game include a thirty-second time limit on each turn and a 'no repeat' rule, meaning the same player can't guess the same word more than once.
A popular variation of the game is known as Reverse Taboo. In this version, the clue giver gives hints by using taboo words, usually common words that the other players must avoid.
Taboo has been adapted for use in classrooms to aid in teaching new subjects. The game can help students remember key facts about a particular topic by giving verbal cues and hints.
The game also has special editions, such as Taboo Junior and Taboo Disney, aimed at children.
Besides party game versions, mobile games and apps are available, such as Tabu Rush and Taboo: The Game Show.
Taboo has been featured in films and television series such as The Office, Saturday Night Live, and The Big Bang Theory.
The game has a few versions in different languages, such as French, Spanish, German, and Italian.
Game of the Year Awards in various countries have gone to Taboo, which helped the game gain even more popularity.