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MAD GAB® (2013 Refresh)

Mattel, Inc.

Age: 10 years and up

MSRP (CAD): $29.99

MSRP (USD): $24.99

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I found that this game was a bit hard and I really didn't get how to play the game. I didn't find it that interesting or fun. Maybe older kids would like it.



The clues that they give you are very hard to figure out but they're fun to try to read. If you don't know how to pronounce the word, it makes it very hard to play. I just liked to read the cards on my own to figure them out. I like that on one card, it has 4 different clues, so you can play a lot without repeating cards.



We played without points, just to guess the saying and it was hysterical for both the person with card and the guessers. We find that it is more fun to play the game by just having one person do a card while everyone guesses and then someone else does a card. It is good since you can sit down and do a few cards whenever you are bored and do it for however long you want, as long as you have someone to do it with. It is so much fun to hear what everyone is guessing when you know what the real answer is. It is also really fun to hear yourself guess these crazy sounds that you eventually make into words. It is a great game to play with lots of people and we enjoy laughing at each others guesses.


Sylvie S.

Fun party game. It actually got quite a few laughs out of us. We played this game twice and each game lasted about 45 minutes with 6 players playing each game. The game is basically to guess the phrase, not as it is written but as you hear it... when it's your team's turn, one person reads off three cards and the rest of the team has to guess what they sound like. ie. if you get a card that says "bawl love higher" the answer is "ball of fire." It is really funny to see others trying to guess an answer when you know what it it but can also be quite frustrating when you can't figure it out. The team that is able to guess the most cards wins. My guess is that this game can get boring fast as you go through cards fairly quickly and I'm sure you end up remembering alot of them after a while.

Liz H.


My daughter (10 yrs) really could not get into playing this game. She seemed to be frustrated, as several of the 'sayings' were pretty challenging. Her interest in playing was limited. We tried to play several times as a group with adults and it really wasn't very engaging. Also, perhaps this game would be more appropriate for teens (13+ yrs).

Rebecca Y.


The kids (M9.75 & F12) had fun reading out the clues and trying to guess what the other was saying. It was not easy and some of the phrases were way out there and impossible to get. It got extremely frustrating. It's a cute idea but it didn't keep the kids interested for too long.

Joyce S.

It's really funny to watch the kids (15, 12) stumble over the saying - especially when they say the phrase but don't realize it. We tended to play the cards without teams just challenging each other to figure it out. Whoever else in the room who isn't playing always gets drawn into the game as they try to figure out what the phrase is. Easier for older kids as they would have more of a chance of being familiar with the phrase.


Manufacturer Description

Mad Gab Game: It's not what you say, it's what you hear. Try this: DEW WINO HUE. Repeat the words a few times aloud, and you're sure to guess that you are actually saying “Do I know you?” In Mad Gab, teams work to decipher groups of unrelated words into real phrases before time runs out. It's a game sure to spur laughter as friends speak this strange language, and then say the answer without even knowing it. Recommended for 2-12 players ages 10+.

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  • timer unit


  • Teams work to decipher groups of unrelated words into real phrases before time runs out