Is the 'Um, Actually' Board Game Worth Buying? A Comprehensive Review

I played the game with friends and loved it. If you're considering buying it, here's everything you need to know to make an informed decision.

Is the 'Um, Actually' Board Game Worth Buying? A Comprehensive Review
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The Um, Actually Board Game is less well-known than I thought it would be. When I tell people about the game, people today still ask me, "Wait, there's a board game?!" to which I answer YES! There's a board game!

In today's post, I want to share my review of the game based on my personal experience playing it with friends. There are also affiliate links to buy the game on Amazon. That means if you purchase from my link, I get a small commission at no extra cost to you.

Let's dive in, shall we?

Dry Details

The Um, Actually board game costs $55 on Amazon as of writing these words. Here's what you'll find inside:

  • Card stacks for the topics of Horror, Anime, Fantasy, Community, 80s and 90s, Sci-Fi, Games, Cartoons, Comics, Real-Life Skills Questions, and Shiny Questions.
  • Each card has questions from both sides.
  • Eight whiteboards and pens for players (the game recommends three to eight players).
  • A cardboard card holder for the "host" so people can't see the questions on the back of the cards.
  • Orange claps indicate each player's points on the whiteboard.
  • Instructions manual.


The box is very sturdy and made from high-quality cardboard. It's not easily ripped. The boards and point claps solve the problem of counting the points but only up to 6 points per player. To make a longer game where players could get more than six points, you must devise a different solution to manage players' points.

The eraser pens in the package are standard. They seem easily replaceable when they inevitably dry out.

I love that the inside of the package has three more empty slots to add "question packets." When I supported the game on Kickstarter, I also added a question packet for Dimension 20. I have space for two more.

Another great idea is the cardholder for the host so that people can't peek to see the questions on the back of the stack.

Playing Um, Actually With Friends

I played the game with friends and family on two separate occasions. The first time, I played a proper game with friends of the same age. We mainly played fantasy and Sci-Fi questions.

The other occasion was playing with my nephews and nieces. The oldest one is 13 years old. So, naturally, we did primarily cartoons and picked the Disney questions from the movie questions stack.

On both occasions, it was a lot of fun!

I didn't even need the shiny questions with my nieces and nephews as they didn't have the patience. My friends of the same age also preferred to focus on answering questions. But we also did some real-life skills questions. It's up to you and your group of friends how much of what the game has to offer you want to consume.

Should You Buy It?

If you're a fan of the show, and you want to induce the same reactions among your friends, then definitely! I can't tell you how satisfying it is to watch your friend steal a point from another friend because they didn't say, 'Um, Actually.'

This is a game to play with a group of friends. If you feel like your friends won't be interested in playing this game with you, don't bother buying it. You could buy it just to learn all the facts; that's a treasure trove of nerdy knowledge. In my opinion, you get the most out of it if your friends are interested in playing, too.

What did you think about the 'Um, Actually' board game? Let me know in the comments below. And if you're interested in buying it, you can find it on Amazon through this affiliate link: Um, Actually Board Game.

Thanks for reading!