We got Articulate for Christmas 2008, and we have played it 3 times already with friends and family.
The rules are simple; describe as many words as you can in the time limit and move around the board towards the finish faster than the other teams. Each board square represents a different catergory to try and explain, and these can be really easy or very hard, which is a great balance for the game. This game is easy to play, fast paced, and a lot of fun. It gets everyone involved and excited and I would reccommend this game for any party.
Please note however, that after only playing this game three times, we are running low on fresh answers. Despite the giant box of cards, most of them are duplicates, and explaining the same thing over and over again takes the fun out of things a little bit. There are millions of words out there, so why there are so many duplicates is very frustrating.
Value for money poor. We already need the bumper pack!!
I also feel the game could have more variations, challenges or things to do. The control sections are good(when every team tries to guess) but the spinner in the middle of the board is relativly pointless, thus, this could be just as fun played without the board. The end is a little anti-climatic after so much excitment, which is a shame because with just a bit more invention, variation and not so many duplicate answers this game could be truly great.
Enjoyable but very short shelf life without a top-up pack, and frustratingly this could be so much better. 4 stars.