After watching a couple of my friends on Facebook playing this weird game at the kitchen table, I was laughing at how ridiculous this looked.   One of them had this mouthpiece, and was trying to talk through it.  I thought he took one of those things home from the dentist at first, but found out later it was a game.

I was surprised to later find out it was the game, “SPEAK OUT” they were playing.  This is played as a 2 player or 4-5  player game, where each person or team member with the mouthpiece in their mouth, picks a card from a deck and tries to say whatever phrase is on that card.  Of course, the other player or opposite team member has to guess what the person with the piece in their mouth is saying.  Each player will take turns at doing this, while there is a timer counting down 1 minute intervals.  During that minute, the opposing team who is not wearing the mouth piece will try to guess the most words in the phrase in order to win that card.  Whichever team ends up with the most cards based on the number of correct words, wins the game.

Here are more game details from HASBRO.
Includes 10 mouthpieces, 200 double-sided cards, timer, and instructions.

  • Ages 16 and up
  • 4-5 players recommended
    Note: Use mouthpiece only as indicated in the instructions, and remove from mouth after turn is over.

As to why this game is for 16 year old’s and up, I have no clue…and a 5 player game? That’s an odd number for a team.

There is even a version of Speak Out, called “Kids versus parents.”

The mouthpiece: It’s actually called a Dental Retractor, which is very flexible, and each player is recommended to keep one for themselves, (for obvious sanitary reasons.) The Dental Retractor is actually too big for kids,  and even with a smaller mouth piece in their mouths, some of the words they read off the cards actually sound rude, which is the probable reason for the mandatory age 16+ rule.