Jeff Phillips
Max Rowley
Child's Play
Seven Network: 1984
Seven Network
Fremantle International

Child's Play (not to be confused with the 1980's horror movie franchise or the charity organization of the same name) is based on the short-lived U.S. format of the same name where two adult contestants tried to guess words based on definitions given by children.


Round 1Edit

In the first round, a word was given to the viewers at home, and a video clip of a child defining that word was played. Any words that were too incriminating or the answer itself were censored.

Once the clip ended, the contestant had a chance to guess the word; a correct response earned one point. If he/she was incorrect, his/her opponent viewed a clip of another child defining the same word. If the opponent was wrong, control passed back to the first contestant, who saw one final clip (usually of a younger child, and the answer usually not that hard to guess by this point). If he/she was still wrong, Jeff announced the correct answer and no points were awarded. Players alternating control on words.

Fast Play - Round 2Edit

The second round was known as the "Fast Play" round. Both contestants were given the opportunity to guess what word the child was defining by hitting a buzzer to interrupt the video clip and guess the word. If the contestant was correct, he/she received two points; if incorrect, the rest of the clip was played and the opponent was given a chance to guess.

When time was up, the game was over and whoever was ahead in score was the winner. If there was a tie at the end of the game, a tie-breaking word would be played. If a contestant buzzed in with the right word, he/she won the game; if he/she buzzed in and gave a wrong answer, his/her opponent won.

Turnabout (Bonus Game)Edit

Similar to the Main Game from Pyramid, Five children who regularly appeared in the film clips were brought into the studio, and the contestant had to describe seven words to the children within the 45 second time limit. Each correct answer was worth $50 to both contestant and children, and all seven won $1,000. The children split a savings account worth however much money was earned.

Contestants stayed for four shows and won a bonus prize for doing so.


Even though the set is based on the ill-fated 1982-1983 Cullen version from the U.S., the unused main theme song was used as a commercial break cue.

Their bonus round was based on the the 2nd format called Turnabout which was instituted on the American version on April 25, 1983.


Same as the American version by Score Productions