30 Seconds is a fast-paced general knowledge game. Players generally play in teams of two or four. One player must guess a word from their teammates explanation, much like Charades, with the aim to guess as many possible answers in 30 seconds. The main restriction on the explanation is that it may not contain the actual word or part of the word.
Each team moves a token along a track formed by a sequence of squares. Each square has a different picture on it. Each round the team draws a card and then has 30 seconds to explain up to five different words printed on that card. The team can move forward one square for each correct answer. The objective is to reach the end of the track first.
- At the start of each round, the team throws the special 30 Seconds die to determine that rounds handicap
- The die has six sides and the values can be 0, 1 or 2
- One player draws a card
- Each card has a yellow side and a blue side
- The player must use the side that correspond the square that their token is on
- There are five words printed on each side
- The opposing team then turns over the 30-second timer
- The teams score is determined by taking the number of correct answers and subtracting the handicap
- The team moves their token forward by the same number of squares as their score for the current round.