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Five Second Rule: A Game Review For Parents

Updated March 21, 2024


Overall Rating: ⭐ 5.0 / 5

Recommended Age: 10 and up

When it comes to games, oftentimes all you need is a simple concept to unlock a world of laughs and silliness. The 5 Second Rule game is as simple as it gets — each player has five seconds to name three things in a certain category. Think of things like “farm animals” or “professional baseball players.” If a player’s successful, they’ll get one point and then it switches to the next player’s turn. The game continues until someone wins by getting ten points (or whatever the pre-determined winning score is). 

There are some rules regarding acceptable answers, but often these are settled by “house rules” or whatever the group decides is acceptable. This is often where the most hilarious arguments break out over things like if “hoola hooping” counts for the category of backyard game. In five seconds, who knows what crazy answers you might spit out!

5 Second Rule is great for any family to play, but just to prove it, we laid out all the details you need to know here. Let’s jump in! 

Harmful Content ❗️


The regular edition of this game is appropriate for kids and you’re unlikely to come across any adult categories. Just make sure you don’t accidentally get the “Uncensored” edition of the game, which definitely has some mature content. 

The TL;DR for this game is that it’s appropriate for almost all kids — the box specifically says ages 10 and up. But even younger kids may be able to join the fun with a little help! You might just have to pick out easier cards for them, as 7-year-olds may not be able to name three American non-fiction writers, for example. 



You won’t find any adult language on the cards. The majority of the game’s content comes from the players themselves, so as long as everyone knows the house rules on swearing, language shouldn’t be a concern. 



This game has no sexual content — unless a player decides to say something inappropriate. 



5 Second Rule has no violent content. 

Positive Value 💫


There’s no doubt that the 5 Second Rule will be a great game to play with the family. Aside from being simple and fun, it also engages your quick thinking. It’s simultaneously a great brain workout and an extremely amusing game. Kids who enjoy trivia will especially enjoy some of the categories in this game. 

So, should my kid play it?

For sure! With little to no risk for harmful content, there’s no reason why the whole family can’t join in on the fun of the 5 Second Rule game!