Just One: A Game Review For Parents
Updated October 26, 2023
Games are a great way to spend quality time with family and unwind together at the end of a long week. And most families already have their favorite go-to’s when they open the game closet. But if you’re looking for something new to try for your next family game night, Just One is definitely worth a try!
Just One is a simple and fun game that requires you to know the inner workings of the other player’s brains. Here’s the breakdown: for each round, one player is “it”. A word is chosen at random from a card in the box. All players see the word except for the one that’s it. Then, the other players, each with a whiteboard and marker provided in the box, have to write a word that they think would get the it player to guess the chosen word correctly.
Here’s the kicker — all the players have to come up with their own and it can’t match another player’s word. If two or more players have written the same word, they cancel out! Once you’re left with words that haven’t been canceled out, you can show just these words to the it player. If they guess the chosen word correctly, they win the round!
In other words, there can only be “just one” of each word to show the it player. So this is where you have to know what the other players might write (and avoid putting that word yourself so they don’t cancel out), as well as know what word would get the it player to guess correctly.
Now that we have a proper layout of the game, let’s get into some more details!
Harmful Content ❗️
There’s very little content within the game besides the words on the provided cards. The words are completely random but all appropriate. The majority of the game is based on the words written by the players themselves on their white board as well as the conversation about what words have to be canceled out before showing the it player.
The game is recommended for ages 8 and up. However, younger players may have a hard time coming up with words on some rounds. It may help to have them team up with older players so they can still join in on the fun.
There is no offensive or adult language in the game.
Just One has no sexual content.
Aside from some words like “knife” or “war” on the cards, there’s no violent content.
Positive Value 💫
It’s always fun to test how well you know your family and if you can guess how they think. You might discover that you and another player think exactly alike, or you might be shocked to see just how different their brain is from yours!
This is also a great game because it’s less about being competitive or beating your opponents, and more about working together to get the it player to guess the right answer. When the it player is successful, that means everyone is!