- Author Sheila Santos, Israel Cendrero
- Illustrator Meeple
- Game mechanics Communication Limits, Cooperative, Hand Management, Real Time
- Player Type Party Animal, Sporadic
- Gaming Situations A Romantic Dinner, Dinner with Your In-Laws
Walkie-Talkie is a cooperative card game created by Sheila Santos and Israel Cendero in which 2 to 8 players can participate. The games are very fast, between 1 and 4 minutes depending on the number of players. The objective is to achieve the highest score possible by discarding all the cards in your hand. In Walkie-Talkie, transmitting and receiving information quickly and efficiently is key to scoring the highest score!
To start playing, shuffle the 50 cards (which have a letter on one side and a color on the other) and form two decks of about the same size. Turn one of them over and shuffle again, so that letters and colors are mixed. Take the first two cards and place them so that one shows a letter and the other a color.
Ready to play - it's going to be a hectic few minutes! Deal six cards to each player without turning them over at any time and set the time the game will last, at a rate of 30 seconds per player. Set the stopwatch and... Let the transmission begin!
Walkie-Talkie is not a turn-based game, everyone plays at the same time! The game ends when everyone runs out of cards or runs out of time. To get rid of their hand, players must discard each card in their deck. When they do so, they must say aloud a valid code that relates letter and color found in the center of the table. Almost anything goes! Except for a repeated word or color name. The rest of the players must approve the code used for it to be valid; otherwise there will be a penalty!
What if at some point we draw a blank? Well, we use the codes "Change" and "Short". The first one is used to turn over all the cards in your hand and the second one is used to pass the cards to the player on your left.
Fast games at a frenetic pace that ensure a lot of laughs. When the game is over, count the number of asterisks showing the letter cards you have played together to determine the score. If you have run out of time, subtract 1 point for each letter left in your hands. In Walkie-Talkie you don't win or lose; you simply score. When the game is over, the scoreboard allows you to compare how you did compared to your previous games.