The Chameleon is a fun bluffing deduction game for the whole family. Each round involves two missions, depending on whether you’re The Chameleon or not. You are either The Chameleon trying to blend in, not get caught and work out the secret word or you are not The Chameleon and you’re trying to work out who The Chameleon is without revealing the secret word.
To start you choose either the blue or green ‘code card’ deck - it doesn’t matter which as long as you’re all using the same colour. You then take The Chameleon code card and an additional code card for the number of players. Next, you shuffle the code cards together and deal one out face down to each player. Then you pick a topic card - for example: “countries” or “musical instruments” - and place it in the middle of the table. You then roll both the yellow 6-sided dice and the blue 8-sided dice and then have a look at your code card. The numbers on the dice will show everyone who *isn’t* The Chameleon where to look on the topic card for this rounds secret word.
If you’re The Chameleon, now’s the time to pretend to look like you know what the secret word is. You now take a moment to think of a word that you associate with the secret word. If you’re not The Chameleon you’ll want to choose a word specific enough that other players will believe you know what the secret word is, but not so specific that you’re giving away the answer to The Chameleon. If you’re The Chameleon, you should be looking at the possible words it could be and thinking of a word that might loosely fit all of them, but not too loose otherwise everyone might realise you’re The Chameleon!
When you’re all ready, you take turns saying your word out loud. Now comes the arguing… Maybe one person's word doesn’t seem to associate with the secret word particularly well, maybe they didn’t look very confident when they said it, maybe they’re casting so much shade on everyone else that they’re suspicious themselves or maybe you’re The Chameleon trying to pin the blame on someone else.
After a bit of friendly discussion, you all vote on who you think The Chameleon is, by pointing your finger at them. The player with the most votes then reveals their identity. If this player isn’t The Chameleon then you all lose and The Chameleon escapes. However, if you correctly identify The Chameleon you corner them. However, they get one final chance to escape and snatch victory. They get an opportunity to guess what the secret word was. If they get guess correctly, then they escape at the last moment and win. If they guess incorrectly, then they lose and everyone else gets to celebrate and well earned victory!
- Catch The Chameleon - A social deduction bluffing game where players try to catch out the Chameleon who’s trying to blend in.
- One Secret Word - Everyone knows the secret word – except for the player with The Chameleon card.
- Don’t Get Caught - Use secret codes, carefully chosen words, and some finger-pointing to track down the guilty player trying to blend in before they escape!
- Multi-award Winning - ‘Best Party Game’ at UK Games Expo. ‘Seal of Excellence’ for board games from Dice Tower Games.
Time: 15 mins
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