What It Is
In Photoloco, players become artists as they take turns drawing on photos and trying to collect the most Phototokens. Players divide into two teams (Teams don't require the same number of players.), and place the Phototokens in a pile face-down in the center of the playing space. Place the stack of the double-sided photo cards nearby. Teams take turns, and the players within each team take turns drawing. When it's your turn to draw, take the top photo card, flip it over to the image that was face-down in the stack, and put it into the Photoholder so it shows through the clear layer and the red section gets hidden under the black flap. Lift the flap and peek at the nine words associated with the photo without letting anyone else see. When you're ready, start the timer. You have 90 seconds to draw on top of the clear plastic layer of the Photoholder (not the photo itself) with the dry-erase markers. You can draw whatever you need to in order to get your teammates to say out loud the words on the secret list, but you may not write words, numbers, or symbols, and you cannot speak while you draw except to acknowledge when your team is right or wrong. Hand gestures are encouraged. When time is up, count how many of the items you drew that were guessed correctly. Take that number of Phototokens from the pile. If your team correctly guessed eight items, you may take two Phototokens from your opponents. If you get nine right, take three from your opponents. Wipe off the Photoholder with a tissue and pass it to the other team for their turn. When the last Phototoken has been collected, the game ends. The team with the most Phototokens wins.
The game comes with 100 giant photo cards, 110 Phototokens, a sand timer, a Photoholder with Red Reveal Technology, and two dry-erase markers. Photoloco is for four or more players in teams. (Three players can play with a designated artist on alternating turns.)
Why It’s Fun
Photoloco is kind of a cross between Taboo and Pictionary. There's a lot of guessing and drawing in this fast-paced and easy-to-learn game. While the results of your efforts as an artist might seem obvious to you, your teammates might not be so sure. However, you don't have to be a professional artist to play this game. Seeing how well or poorly each player draws is part of the fun!
Who It’s For
Photoloco is for ages 8 and up.
What To Be Aware Of
You will need some tissues to wipe off the Photoholder between turns.
You can adjust the length of the game by putting fewer Phototokens in the middle. Half the Phototokens (55) is about a 30-minute game.