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Just One

Just One is a cooperative party game where players work together to guess a secret word. One player is the guesser, while the others write down one-word hints. Duplicate hints are removed, and the guessing player has to find the word with the remaining hints.

7.60 / 10
BGG Rating
published year
3 - 7
player count
4 - 7, 7+
Recommended player count
20 - 60 mins
play time

How Complex is Just One?

1.04 / 5

Just One is easy to understand and play, with simple rules and minimal setup. It can be enjoyed by players of all ages and skill levels.

How much Luck is involved in the gameplay of Just One?

3 / 5

Luck plays a moderate role in Just One, as the words drawn and the hints given are random. However, player skill and creativity in giving and guessing hints are also important factors.

How much Player Interaction does Just One offer?

5 / 5

Just One is a highly interactive game, as players must work together to guess the secret word. Players must communicate and collaborate to give and guess hints, making it a great party game.

How much Replayability does Just One offer?

4 / 5

Just One offers high replayability due to the large number of possible words and the possibility to change the player role. The game can be played multiple times without feeling repetitive.

Why you should play Just One

Easy to Learn

Just One is a simple game to learn and play, making it perfect for both experienced and new board gamers.

Cooperative Gameplay

Just One is a cooperative game, which means that players work together to achieve a common goal. This makes it a great game for team building and family game night.

Quick Gameplay

Just One is a fast-paced game that can be played in over an hour. This makes it a great game to play when you don't have a lot of time but still want to have fun.


Just One comes with over 100 cards and 500+ words, which means that there are countless words to guess. This makes it a game that you can play over and over again without getting bored.

Fun for All Ages

Just One is a game that can be enjoyed by players of all ages. It's a great game to play with kids, but it's also fun for adults.


Just One comes in a small box, making it easy to take with you on the go. You can play it at a friend's house, at a coffee shop, or even on a plane.


Just One has won several awards, including the 2019 Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year) award. This is one of the most prestigious awards in the board gaming industry, and it's a testament to how fun and engaging Just One is.

Why you should avoid Just One

Limited Replayability for Small Groups

If you're playing with the same group of people over and over again, you may find that the game loses its replayability after a while. This is especially true if you've already gone through all of the cards.

Limited Strategy

Just One is a game that relies heavily on luck and guessing. If you're someone who enjoys games that require a lot of strategy and planning, you may find Just One to be too simplistic.

Not Ideal for Competitive Players

Just One is a cooperative game, which means that there's no winner or loser. If you're someone who enjoys competitive games, you may find Just One to be too casual.

Not Ideal for Serious Gamers

Just One is a party game that's designed to be played in a casual setting. If you're someone who takes board gaming very seriously, you may find Just One to be too light-hearted.

Where to play Just One online?

Where to find the Rules of Just One

Check the rules of Just One in a PDF file.

You can also find the community-driven rules summary, player aid, etc., in the Just One files section on the BoardGameGeek website. You need an account on BGG to download files.

Beginner Strategies for Just One

These strategies are for players who have either not played or played one or two games of Just One.

Be creative with your clues

Try to come up with clues that are unique and not too obvious. This will help the player guess the word more easily.

Use synonyms

If you can't think of a clue for a word, try using a synonym instead. This can help the player guess the word more easily.

Think about the context

Consider the context of the word you are trying to guess. For example, if the word is "beach," you could give a clue like "waves".

Don't be afraid to take risks

Sometimes, taking a risk and giving a more creative or unusual clue can pay off. As it can avoid your clue from getting rejected. Don't be afraid to try something different if you think it might help the player guess the word.

Advanced Strategies for Just One

Pay attention to previous clues

If you have played Just One before, you may have seen some of the same words come up. Try to remember the clues that were given for those words in previous games, as they may be helpful in future games.

Think outside the box

Don't be afraid to think outside the box and come up with more creative clues. This can make the game more challenging and fun for everyone.

Observe the hints of other players & adapt

You can observe the types of clues players give and try to guess what clue a specific person might give for the given word. This way you can try to give a clue without it getting rejected.

Don't be afraid to pass

If you are the guesser and really struggling to guess the word, don't be afraid to pass. It's better to pass and lost one point than to guess wrong and lose two points.


Cooperative Game
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