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Bird, Beast or Fish

silhouettes of bird, lion and fish
No. of Players: 2+
Type of Game: spoken
What you need: nothing


To guess a word from its first letter.

How to play

The first player thinks of a type of bird, beast (animal) or fish. The second player asks him two questions: “Is it a bird, beast or fish?” and “What is the first letter?” The first player answers accordingly. The second player must then guess what the mystery word is using only this information. If there are only two players, the second player is granted a set number of guesses before conceding defeat. If there are more than two players and the second player does not guess correctly, the third player gets to guess. Players that guess correctly become the one who thinks of a bird, beast or fish for the next round. Other categories, like flowers, trees, countries, rivers, etc., can be added as well.


Austin thinks of a mystery word in one of the agreed upon categories and signals he is ready.

Blaire: Is it a bird, beast or fish?
Austin: Fish
Blaire: What is the first letter?
Austin: C. You have 3 guesses.
Austin: Nope. You have 2 guesses left.
Blaire: COD
Austin: Yes!

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