As their teammates place letters on a tray in front of them, players compete to identify a word, name or phrase from as few letters as possible. Players win bucks based on how much longer it takes their opponents to guess the phrase.
DIFFERENCES TO TV SHOW:
On the show, the two teams worked separately with two trays of letters, so one team's guesser might not be seeing the same set of letters her opponent does. In the box game, everybody sees the same tray, making it tougher for one team to gain too much of an advantage. The box game also did not include the show's bonus round.
Milton Bradley adapted several celebrity-contestant word games, but nothing else could match the simplicity and appeal of the megahit Password. This one was among the most cumbersome and did not sell well, despite the TV show's healthy four-year run. The TV show was revived for a year as Baffle in 1973, but no home game of that version exists.