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Induction Certificate Number:   74020111021-527
Induction Date:   October 21, 2011
Certificate License Status:   Active
Product:   You've Been Sentenced Word Game
MSRP:   $24.95 USD
Company URL:  http://McNeillDesigns.com

You've Been Sentenced Word Game

by:  Rev. James G.W. Fisher - Editor / Product Evaluation Specialist
Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) Date:  10/21/2011

The multi award-winning  You’ve been Sentenced! word game uses pentagon-shaped cards with conjugations of funny words, famous names, and familiar places.  Each player uses his or her hand of 10 cards to build a grammatically correct sentence, racing the other players while also trying to score the most points per round.

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Product Type Release Year Primary Usage Target Age / Max. Weight Target Gender
New Inductees 2005 Consumer 8 years + Female/Male

Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) - Index

Evaluation Report Summary (ERS)
Category Rating Scores

Category rating scores are based on scale from 1 to 5. Rating score must be 3 or higher to pass in each evaluation category.

Creative Agenda funQuotient™ Learning Curve Marketability Skill Development Visual Appeal
5 4.5 4.5 5 5 5

Final product / service rating is averaged from the sum total of ALL applicable evaluation category scores. Only scores of "3" or higher are published.

There are a total of 357 evaluation categories which are used in our evaluation process.
(NOTE: Not all categories are applicable to any one product or online service.)

Only 6 of the evaluation category rating scores for this New Inductee's evaluation are featured for public view.

Critical Evaluation Information

These icons represent important attributes with which this product / service is associated, contributes to, or encourages development of. Select any of the unique icons below to learn more about the specific attribute it represents.

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Wholesale Retail Reseller Online 


Safety Guidelines Symbol ImageSafety / Quality Classifications
CE MarkedUL ApprovedJPMA Certified
(Not Applicable)
ASTM Complianteco-Friendlyeco-Conscious

Independent Lab Tested  Independent Lab Name 
  (Unconfirmed)B.V. [China]
LeadSafe™ - Surface Coatings/PaintLeadSafe™ - Content / SubstratesPhthalatesSafe
  (Not Applicable)
BPASafeSoluble Heavy MetalsMechanical/Physical
(Not Applicable)(Not Applicable)(Not Applicable)
Flammability - Solids/TextilesLabeling of Hazardous Art MaterialsiWatchDog™ Approved
(Complies with ICCS™ Certification Standards)
(Not Applicable)

UPC Code / ISBN#Manufacturer SKUAge Grading
0 85283 10010 4 Labeled/Appropriate

Manufactured InSafety Hazard/Warnings


About Our New Inductee

Before you buy a product, it's generally common practice to be familiar with what it does, the branding, and other details. We feel that the same rule applies to our "New Inductees" we announce each week, so this section is titled "About Our New Inductee." The information in this section will provide you with a quick yet accurate glance of what the product or service is all about.

An image of the You've Been Sentenced game.
You've Been Sentenced is a fabulous word game that incorporates the use of pentagon-shaped cards with a whole set of inflected verbs in the forms of funny words, famous names, and familiar places. Each player uses his or her hand of 10 cards to build a grammatically correct sentence, racing against the other players while also trying to score the most points per round.

To add even more challenge and excitement to the game, sentences also have to be justifiable in meaning, making players use both creativity and common sense. The end result is nothing short of uproarious FUN!

One of the unique features of the game that sets it apart from many other forms of card games is the pentagon-shaped playing cards.  According to one of our independent evaluators, "The pentagon-shaped playing cards play a significant role in cognitive skill development and maturation. They serve to act as a trigger to stimulate the use of multiple skills simultaneously. A marvelous concept in game structure."

Additional Details & Perspectives

While it's great for some people who just want a cursory glance at what a New Inductee is all about, there are many others who have a greater appetite for more information. This section is titled "Additional Details & Perspectives". and will provide you with additional details an perspectives associated with the product or service being featured here.

You've Been Sentenced The game packaging and pentagon-shaped game cards are visually appealing yet that's but a small part of what makes You've Been Sentenced so appealing.   It's the unique challenge of the game that holds the trump card for this game.

The creative agenda of You've Been Sentenced creates a natural progression of narrative development. Each player is encouraged to constantly develop new strategies based upon past experience with the game.

What you have with You've Been Sentenced is a never ending hunger for more Play while a player's knowledge base continues to expand with each game completed.  Who would ever imagine education being a fringe benefit of playing a game?  You've Been Sentenced helps a player to enhance their learning skills with a hunger for more that never seems to be satiated."

To take You've Been Sentenced to the next level of excitement in learning, a generous number of add-on decks are also available to use with the base game itself.  NASA Space Terminology, Sci-fi and Fantasy, Pop Culture, Gourmet Cuisine, Sports Highlights, and Brain Buster are all part of the delightful array of add-on packs you can select from to add even greater challenge and enjoyment to your game experience with You've Been Sentenced.
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Independent Evaluator Reports

In this section we have called upon the assistance of top industry professionals to evaluate the product in this evaluation summary. These scholars form their own opinions from extensive analysis and produce detailed, in-depth reports connected with their own personal study and evaluation of the products submitted for independent evaluation.

The information to follow is comprised of excerpts from the independent evaluator reports that have been paraphrased, posted verbatim, or a combination of both in order to encapsulate an accurate presentation of the primary details conveyed in each report. This approach provides a completely independent perspective in the evaluation each product.

image of the You've Been Sentenced Word Game box.
You've Been Sentenced Word Game
LEARNING CURVE: Extremely Short
GAME PLAY TIME: 30-40 minutes
Overall Rating Average: 5 Star Rating Image

This Week's Independent Evaluators

Neuroscientist / Doctor of Behavioral Study, PhD.
Professor / Special Needs Treatment Coordinator

"You've Been Sentenced is an adult creative strategy card game that reminds a player of the excitement of true challenge in a good card game. The game encourages a strong level of strategy development and use of higher level cognitive skills."

"The pentagon-shaped playing cards play a significant role in cognitive skill development and maturation. They serve to act as a trigger to stimulate the use of multiple skills simultaneously. A marvelous concept in game structure."

"A surprisingly amusing point of interest was the title of the game.  It causes a potential buyer at a store or a player to make a sub-conscious connection with a familiar phrase that represents finality and strong emphasis.  The title You've Been Sentenced  engages the curiosity of a buyer while generating a desire to learn more about the game.

You've Been Sentenced is designed for multi-player use with instructions and players roles easily understood and retained.  This initialization of the learning curve adds great value to the marketability of the game.  This allows the players to begin their actual play rapidly. This proved in my evaluation to be a vital part of maintaining a consistent level of response from all players in every testing segment performed in my study.

"The platform within the box made the components of the game easy to access while still retaining a good visual appeal. This simple yet appealing impression gained from the game continued throughout all phases of my evaluation.  Careful and strategic planning was put into the development of this game from conception to the retail market."

Professor of Psychology B.A., M.A., & Ph.D.
Educational Media Analyst

"You've Been Sentenced is a mutual experience of recreational play, skill development, and psychosocial development. The game initiates the immediate attention of the players and holds the attention of all players from beginning to end of each game."

"You've Been Sentenced commands the full attention of each of the players with a demand for spontaneous thinking and response through active participation.  It is one of the limited few card based word games I have evaluated that incites a desire to learn and apply what is learned for look-back strategy development well beyond what is accomplished in the average recreational game."

"Education has been woven into the design of this game so seamlessly.  The educational value is the cornerstone upon which the structure of the game has been built.  Educational agendas can be induced into any game but to do so while still retaining the element of 'fun' in the same environment simultaneously is rare.  You've Been Sentenced has managed to over come that challenge."
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* PLEASE NOTE: At the request of our independent evaluators their names are not disclosed to protect their personal and professional privacy. Their labors are provided at no charge to assist us in providing a well-balanced and accurate product or service evaluation summary. All opinions and or statements from the independent evaluator(s) featured here do not represent the opinion of The Toy Man® Product Guide, any member, division of, or Epiphany Communications itself.

Consumer Hands-On Evaluation

Nothing is more powerful than hands-on experience by a consumer with a product when it is under evaluation. Based upon that fact we put a number of products we currently are slated to evaluate at the mercy of consumers in a hands-on evaluation where anything goes. The information to follow will explore the responses from the participants in our spontaneous hands-on consumer evaluation of the products available for their review.

You've Been Sentenced word game in play.
You've Been Sentenced was quite successful in pulling more attention in our consumer hands-on evaluation than most any other game product we had available. While the game itself was a show stopper for many, the add-on packs put the icing on the cake.

In this consumer hands-on evaluation event we were unable to take photos due to privacy issues with the school district that graced us with the opportunity to use their facilities. To provide a glimpse of what the experience was like for the families participating, we are using an image from the You've Been Sentenced web site.

In our interviewing participants of our study at the school event, we discovered how You've Been Sentenced proved to be popular not just with the adults but the kids as well.  As a matter of fact, some parents were getting annoyed because their kids were learning so much from playing You've Been Sentenced, that after a few games they were beating the socks off their parents!

In speaking with some of the teachers we found that they felt the add-on packs were just as good, if not superior to the default game cards!  We have been asked to bring You've Been Sentenced back in January for a tournament using two of the add-on packs as part of an extra curricular learning activity.

Following careful study of feedback forms, video tapes, and our own report data, it was easily confirmed that You've Been Sentenced passed this evaluation category without a hitch.
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A Sampling Of Our Evaluation Category Ratings

The rating of a product is useless if you do not fully understand and comprehend how the ratings is reached or what the value of the rating represents. This need for clarity encouraged us to have this section titled "A Sampling Of Our Evaluation Category Ratings." To assist you in gaining a greater understanding of the evaluation category ratings we use, a small sampling of the individual category titles & rating scores from the complete product review itself for this product or service are featured here.

The categories which have been selected to be featured in this evaluation report summary for public view, specify some of the primary points of how and why each specific rating score was reached.

The Featured Category Ratings Sampling For This Evaluation Summary Are Listed Below:

CREATIVE AGENDA: Rating Level - [5] an image of 4 gold  stars

Creative Agenda is undoubtedly a common consideration in the evaluation of a game whether it be board, video, or card based. For You've Been Sentenced, creative agenda was one of its strong points.  The game is unique in how it plays a dual role.  On one hand it inspires a person to create a narrative to win based upon desire, not skill comparison. On the other hand the creative agenda stimulates the desire to learn.  This in turn influences emotions to develop a narrative with which the newly acquired knowledge gained from game play is harnessed to develop new strategies from skill comparison.

To understand the full value of the Creative Agenda, the following information is a brief definition of what the Creative Agenda is. "The Creative Agenda of a player represents what the player hopes to achieve by way of exploration in their game experience"; in this case being applicable to You've Been Sentenced.

You've Been Sentenced pulled a perfect score of [5] Stars in this evaluation category for CREATIVE AGENDA.

funQuotient™ : Rating Level - [5] an image of 4.5 gold  stars

You've Been Sentenced was in top form as far as funQuotient™ is concerned.  The experience each player has with You've Been Sentenced in this evaluation category is always nothing but the highest degree. You've Been Sentenced delivers a reciprocal balance of fun and skill development. As expected, there is always going to be a constant shift of one more than the other yet the balance is still maintained.

You've Been Sentenced has all of the right elements successfully and so intricately connected as in a symbiotic relationship to create the highest level of funQuotient™ that pulled it to the top in this week's final stage of evaluation. You've Been Sentenced came zooming in the gates with a perfect score of [5] Stars in this evaluation category for funQuotient™.

LEARNING CURVE: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

With You've Been Sentenced the LEARNING CURVE was very reasonable and simplistic.  In all instances of our evaluation where the You've Been Sentenced was being used, the players were able to familiarize themselves with the game in less than 5 minutes on average.

Having a game designed with a short learning curve adds greater value to the game. It creates a stronger inspiration for players to play a series of games. not just one or two, holding that desire to win. You've Been Sentenced proved its true worth with a perfect score of [5] Stars in this evaluation category for LEARNING CURVE.

MARKETABILITY: Rating Level - [5] an image of 4 gold  stars

You've Been Sentenced proved it has all the proper attributes needed in regard to MARKETABILITY. You've Been Sentenced appeals to a generous range of age groups as well as being a hybrid product. Once a consumer get their first experience with You've Been Sentenced, they will not only play the game again but will share their experience with others.

There are so many points we could bring to your attention that make You've Been Sentenced so well deserving but that would take up far more space to read than would really be considered acceptable. You've Been Sentenced comes through in this evaluation category with a perfect score of [5] Stars in this category for MARKETABILITY.

SKILL IMPROVEMENT: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

You've Been Sentenced was quite the marvel when it comes to SKILL DEVELOPMENT. Fine Motor, Gross Motor, Cognitive, Social/Emotional and Language are but a small few of the many skills in which You've Been Sentenced contributes to further development.  Being a Hybrid-Use game it is suitable for use use in both the consumer and education environments. We found this especially so with home schoolers.

A rapid progressive rate of skill development and improvement for players of all ages is inevitable with repetitive play. It is more than obvious to see that You've Been Sentenced makes a substantial contribution to skill development in this evaluation category. You've Been Sentenced pulls a perfect score of [5] Stars in this category for SKILL IMPROVEMENT.

VISUAL APPEAL: Rating Level - [4] an image of 4.5 gold  stars

You've Been Sentenced provided a simple challenge for us to overcome in our evaluation for VISUAL APPEAL. The game box is well above average in visual appeal with its pentagon shape. It will draw attention on a store shelf with the unique combination of color, shape, footprint, and title.

You've Been Sentenced is a game that wasn't designed to be flashy, over priced, or holding a short period of interest with the players. Rather, it was designed to maintain an acceptable level of visual appeal while focusing upon the game play design. The word cards are easy to read and identify, just above average in clarity and visual appeal. You've Been Sentenced pulled well above the average with a final rating score of [4] Stars in this category for VISUAL APPEAL, missing a perfect score by a single digit.

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