Friends Playing the Psych Game

Getting tired of the party games you always play? Use technology to your advantage and use your phone and download the Psych app to add a whole new twist to your casual shindig.

From the creators of the game “Heads up” comes “Psych,” an exciting party game to play with your friends. It’s a fun guessing game created for iOS and Android devices by Warner Bros. and Ellen DeGeneres. In this game, you’ll be met with trivial questions but will also enjoy the hilarity of some ridiculous questions. Psych is what happens when a trivia game meets Cards Against Humanity.

In this app, you can choose from various fun, and hilarious categories, such as “The Truth Comes Out,” in which you and your friends become the object of the game. In this category, you can answer funny and ridiculous questions about one another, like “What’s the biggest secret Laura is keeping?” “What is the last thing Joey googled?” and “What does Maria spend too much time thinking about?” You can find out who knows you best! You can also play one of the trivia categories like “Word Up” or “Movie Bluff” – both in which each player makes up fake answers to real trivia questions. See if you can outwit your friends and choose the real answer among your friends’ fake answers.

This is a great app to play for family game night, road trips with family or friends, Zoom calls, or even when waiting in line with an available friend.

How to Play the Game

The object of this game is to create fake answers to real trivia questions. All fake answers, as well as the correct ones, are then revealed. All players must try to guess the correct answer. You gain a point for every friend who thinks your answer is correct. But you’ll also win even more points if you pick the right answer.

Players can also add a virtual Ellen DeGeneres into the game, trying not to guess her Psych answer. Most of the categories are about common areas like animals, laws, movies, and random facts – one round let people answer questions about one another, adding a social element to the game.

To start the game, the game host chooses a deck from the home screen that will be used for the game. Some decks are free, while others need to be purchased. Each deck is a category of challenges, and the host will start the game from the deck. Other players can join by selecting “Join a Game” and entering the secret code that the host should share.  

Here are the categories you can choose from:

  • Caption This!
  • Caption This! Animal Memes
  • Acronyms
  • Search History
  • Ice Breakers
  • The Naked Truth
  • The Truth Comes Out
  • Adults Only
  • Movie Bluff
  • Word Up!
  • Word Up! Switcheroo
  • Proverbs
  • It’s the Law
  • Animals
  • Poetry
  • The Plot Thickens
  • Name That Show
  • Is That a Fact?
  • Say my Name
  • It Was a Dark and Stormy Night

All players receive the same challenge from the chosen deck. Everyone will create a definition or answer that could “psych” the other players into thinking it’s the correct one.

After a round is over, all players are shown whether they chose the real definition or got psych’d by another player. It will also show any players that got psych’d by the definition you provided.

How to Score

The scoreboard will tally up the points earned in the previous round. If any player guesses the right definition, they earn two points. If other players choose your definition, you gain one point. Scores are kept across 5, 7, and 10 rounds.

Game Options and Other Details

In this game, you can define a Psych face shown to the players that are psyched into choosing your definition. You can edit your Psych face into your profile.

The game host has the freedom to change the deck being used in the game at the end of the round. The game’s session’s score will be kept with the new deck.

Once the game host purchases a deck, all the other players do not need to spend anything. Just make sure to begin the game and share the code with everyone you’re playing with so they can join the challenge for free.

A game of Psych allows a minimum of two players and a maximum of 20, except for the Truth Comes Out and The Naked Truth, which requires a minimum of three players.

Once a game is over, all your fake answers are gone for good. The game doesn’t store any answers or personal information from the games played. If you like to have a remembrance for your witty and funny answer, take some screenshots!

Is it Good?

There’s never a better time for a great social party game. Psych! It is the creation of a team that has put together Heads Up!, and like that, the point of the game is to enjoy the company of your friends, family, or colleagues, other than to focus on winning. The larger the group you put together, the better, because the more participants there are, the more fake answers there will be, and the more opportunities to laugh.

It might be too easy to figure out who came up with which “psych” answer if you do it with smaller groups. A group of four or more is best for a good couple of rounds. The thing about this game is that sometimes, the most obvious answer is not always the right answer.

Fans of the Ellen show will delight in the addition of a virtual Ellen joining the game, but it’s only a fun option, not an essential component. The questions asked about each other can be fun or awkward, but players usually take it in stride as a part of the game. It will help you discover more about one another, and it’s a wonderful way to pass the time with your friends near and far. It will also help bring some much-needed smiles and laughs to people’s faces.