Setting the Board
This holiday season, there’s a battle going on in the world of board games. Which variation on the mouthpiece challenge will reign supreme? The YouTube sensation from earlier this year has sparked the creation of several board games with the same premise: get your friends to guess a phrase you are saying, while wearing a mouthpiece. These mouthpieces were previously used to keep lips off of teeth during dental procedures (like whitening) and have never been more fun! (Let’s be honest, this is the first time they are fun. No one likes the dentist.)
We took the three most popular mouthpiece games for a test drive, rated them in three categories, and come up with a winner. Should you buy Speak Out, Watch Ya’ Mouth or Watch Yo Mouth this holiday season? Read on to find out:
Round 1: What’s in the Box?
Speak Out includes:
Pros: 200 Double-Sided Cards means 400 phrases! This is more than double what Watch Ya’ Mouth comes with and quadruple the contents of Watch Yo Mouth.
Cons: Having only 5 mouthpieces limits the number of players you can use without investing in an extra set. Also, Hasbro doesn’t advertise that its mouthpieces are dishwasher safe so hand washing is required.
Watch Ya’ Mouth includes:
Pros: With 10 mouthpieces, Watch Ya’ Mouth has the most of the three games. As well, having 2 mouthpiece sizes makes the game fun for the whole family! Plus, they’re dishwasher safe (top rack only). Family-friendly game cards also allow you to play the game with children, without risking them hearing something they shouldn’t.
Cons: Family-friendly phrase cards may make the game seem more juvenile if the game will only be played by adults.
Watch Yo Mouth includes:
Pros: Watch Yo Mouth’s 8 mouthpieces place it in the middle between the two other games. All 8 are adult-sized, meaning it comes with the most for an adult-only group.
Cons: With only 100 phrase cards, Watch Yo Mouth has the least variety.
Verdict: Watch Ya' Mouth wins Round 1
Its family-friendly cards and dishwasher-safe mouthpieces that come in adult and child sizes give Watch Ya' Mouth the edge in terms of contents.
Round 2: Who Can Play?
Speak Out is recommended for Ages 16 & Up. With its mouthpieces only fitting adult-sized mouths, kids can’t take part in the fun (without buying smaller mouthpieces separately). Although its phrase cards aren’t advertised as family-friendly, we didn’t find anything in our play through that was inappropriate. So with the additional purchase of smaller mouthpieces, we think the whole family could play together.
Of the 3 mouthpieces games, Watch Ya’ Mouth is the only one recommended for children Ages 8 & Up. Since it has 2 sizes of mouthpieces, the whole family can play together! And groups of adults worried about the phrases being too family-friendly should check out our next section on expansion packs.
Watch Yo Mouth is strictly targeted at adults. Its recommended age of 17 & Up places it in the same category of adult party games, like Cards Against Humanity. The included phrase cards are definitely NSFW at times and should only be played with adults.
Verdict: Round 2 ends with a tie
Watch Ya’ Mouth is the clear winner if you are buying this for your family, but if you will only ever play this with adults, Watch Yo Mouth is the most fun (without including any expansion packs).
Round 3: Expansion Packs
We couldn’t find any Speak Out expansion packs available on Amazon or on Hasbro’s website, so no points for them here! Its 400 initial phrases are a great start, though.
Watch Ya’ Mouth has 5 expansion packs available for purchase. 2 of these are family-friendly and 3 are NSFW (Adult). If you total all of the expansion packs plus the original cards, Watch Ya’ Mouth has 913 total phrases. The game’s creators have also made an App for iOS & Android. They’ve released even more phrases and game expansions on this platform.
Watch Yo Mouth has 3 expansion packs available for purchase, all are adult-rated. One of the decks is even an Ad Lib Expansion Pack that mixes up the nouns and adjectives for each phrase (this boasts 125,000 possible variations). Additionally, Watch Yo Mouth has also released a family version of the game for players Ages 12 & Up. This expansion comes with 8 mouthpieces (still all the adult size) and a timer.
Verdict: Watch Ya’ Mouth wins Round 3
Watch Ya' Mouth wins here for having the most available cards and splitting its expansions into family and adult themed packs. We do like the creativity of Watch Yo Mouth making an Ad Lib Expansion Pack, which can keep the game fresh the longest.
And the winner is...
Watch Ya’ Mouth is the best game to buy if you want it for the whole family (including children). Its two sizes of dishwasher-safe mouthpieces are a huge point in its favor. As well, having expansion packs that are adult-themed and family-themed make the game enjoyable for every group.
*Note: since writing this we’ve noticed a few Amazon reviews that have mentioned counterfeit or damaged versions of this game being sold by other manufacturers. Make sure if you buy it this holiday season that you get it from Watch Ya Mouth on Amazon and not from a third party seller.
If you aren’t planning on playing this game with the whole family (or if your family doesn’t have any young kids in it) we actually recommend buying Watch Yo Mouth. Its cards are the funniest for adults, and although it has the fewest cards overall (even when including expansion packs), the Ad Lib Expansion Pack is the best way to keep the game from getting repetitive. Plus, they’ve added a family version (which we haven't tried yet) so it could potentially be the best for the whole family anyway!