• Password is a spoken game for five players. The object of the game is to guess words from a series of one-word clues. The game has also been popular as a TV show in the US, UK, Portugal and Brazil, making its first appearance in 1960’s.
  • One of the players is chosen to be umpire. The other four players for two teams of two. The umpire picks a word, a.k.a. the password, and gives one member of each team the password – by writing on a piece of paper, or by whispering. The players who know the password then try to make their teammates say the password by giving one word clues in turns.
  • Let’s say the two teams are team A and team B. The player (A1) from team A who received the password from the umpire gives a clue and his/her teammate (A2) makes a guess. If A2 could not find the password, then the play passes to team B. Now B1 gives a clue and B2 makes a guess.
  • The play continues switching from one team to the other until someone guesses the word. The players from each team can hear what the other team says, thus players may try to guess the password based on the series of clues given by both teams.
  • If the word is correctly guessed, the team gets points depending on the number of clues given so far. A maximum of 10 points is scored if a team finds the password from the first clue. For every additional clue-word, a correct guess scores one point less: 9 points if guessed from the second clue, 8 points if guessed from the third clue, etc. 
  • When the password is found, the umpire gives a new password. This time team B starts with the first clue. The game continues in this manner until a number of rounds are completed or one of the teams reach to a total score decided in advance. The team that has more points is the winner.
  • For example:

The password is 'kite'.
A1: Sky
A2: Cloud?
B1: Colorful
B2: Rainbow?
A1: Fluctuates
A2: Flag?
B1: Runner
B2: Kite!


Team B gets 7 points. 



Partial source: The Oxford A to Z of Word Games (T.Augarde)