Use Your Words

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Use Your Words
Developer(s)Smiling Buddha Games
Publisher(s)Screenwave Media
Designer(s)brentalfloss Edit this on Wikidata
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, Nintendo Switch
ReleaseMicrosoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • WW: April 4, 2017
Wii U
  • WW: April 27, 2017
Nintendo Switch
  • WW: August 3, 2017
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Use Your Words is a party video game developed by Canadian studio Smiling Buddha Games and published by Screenwave Media for many platforms. It was released for Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Wii U in April 2017, and for Switch in August 2017.[1]


Use Your Words is a game for 3–6 players and is played similar to The Jackbox Party Pack in that players play on a browser with mobile devices. Four word play games are played throughout a single game:

  • Sub the Title: A small clip from an open source foreign film with a missing subtitle is shown, which players use the information from the clip to fill in with silly responses.
  • Extra! Extra!: A silly image is presented, which players are tasked with writing a headline for the image.
  • Blank-O-Matic: Players write the remainder of an incomplete sentence with their own witty responses.
  • Survey Says: In the final round, players write responses to three different prompts in the style of Family Feud.[2]

Players are awarded points for however many opponents think their answer is best. Points are also deducted for picking House Answers, answers created by the game that are designed to look like player answers. At the end of the game, the player with the most points wins. Awards can also be handed out by members of the audience, if a game has any.[3]


In 2015, designers Brent Black and Julian Spillane came together to create the game, which the former described as "a party game for funny people and their unfunny friends."[4]


The Switch version of Use Your Words received "mixed or average" reviews, according to review aggregator Metacritic.[5] Nintendo Life scored the Switch version an 8/10, saying the game is best played in the comfort of a local crowd.[3] Nintendo World Report also rated the Switch version 8/10, criticizing the lack of an option to change text size for playing in portable mode.[6] On the opposite end, Destructoid rated the game 3/10, comparing the style of gameplay to quipping foreign films and images on Google.[2]


  1. ^ "The Switch is getting another party game in Use Your Words". Destructoid. Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  2. ^ a b "Review: Use Your Words". destructoid. Retrieved 2018-11-14.
  3. ^ a b Life, Nintendo (2017-08-21). "Review: Use Your Words (Switch eShop)". Nintendo Life. Retrieved 2018-11-14.
  4. ^ "Use Your Words is a Party Game for Funny People and Their Unfunny Friends". PlayStation.Blog. Retrieved 2018-11-14.
  5. ^ "Use Your Words". Metacritic. Retrieved 2018-11-14.
  6. ^ "Use Your Words Review - Review". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved 2018-11-14.

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