McNeill Designs has closed doors

It is with great sadness that the team at McNeill Designs announces that the company is declaring Chapter 7 bankruptcy and has closed doors. Many of our great games are still available at fine retailers nationwide, as well as online. And, for your convenience the “How to Play” websites will remain available at:

Many thanks to all who have supported us over the past 10 years!

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Android Rundowns review of the You’ve been Sentenced! mobile game… calls it “an app with a cause!”



Android Rundown covers the best Android applications, hardware, and services and shares honest opinions about new products. Here’s just a little of what Tre Lawrence of Android Rundown had to say about the You’ve been Sentenced! mobile game, which helps support Success Won’t Wait!

“You’ve Been Sentenced! is a popular game that has a new Android iteration styled You’ve Been Sentenced. Even cooler is the fact that it is an app with a cause.

This sentence-building game uses unique five-sided cards with multiple conjugations of a base word. With a hand of 10 cards, players try to score the most points per round by constructing the longest, grammatically correct, and sensible sentence. Any player can object to another players sentence, on either grammatical grounds, or the fact that the sentence just doesn’t make sense. The defending player and the objecting player get to argue their points to the rest of the players, who form a jury. Half the fun is trying to defend, explain, and justify a completely ridiculous sentence to the other players. First player to reach 200 points wins.

Every time you play the You’ve been Sentenced! word game, you are helping to provide free books to children, adults and seniors nationwide!

YBS Screen Shot, Wild CardsSince 2005, McNeill Designs has donated a portion of the sales of the award-winning You’ve Been Sentenced! word game to Success Won’t Wait, in order to help provide much-needed free books to organizations, schools and programs nationwide.

Now, a portion of the proceeds from the You’ve been Sentenced! mobile app will also fund this 501c3 non-profit literacy organization. So, play on!

You’ve been Sentenced is available for free (with in-app purchasing) on the Play Store.”


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You’ve been Sentenced! mobile game will support the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait

1SWW_Logo_rgbMcNeill Designs, creators of the new You’ve been Sentenced! mobile game, has announced that a portion of the game’s sales revenue will be donated to the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait.

As part of an ongoing commitment to supporting literacy nationwide, a percentage of the revenues generated via the new You’ve been Sentenced! mobile game will be donated to Success Won’t Wait, the Delaware-based literacy non-profit.

The innovative partnership between Success Won’t Wait and McNeill Designs began in 2005 when McNeill Designs principles committed themselves to using the company’s success to helping support important charitable causes. Since then, McNeill Designs has donated a portion of sales of the You’ve Been Sentenced! word game to the group.

“Because the You’ve been Sentenced! word game is inherently an educational game (as well as lots of fun), we wanted to partner with an well-established organization that focused on reading and literacy as our beneficiary,” explains CEO Donald McNeill.

The mobile game, which is available for both Android and iOS devices, mirrors game play of the company’s physical card game and will be an important source of revenue for the non-profit.

YBS Screen Shot, Wild CardsFounded in 2002, Success Won’t Wait is a 501c3 not for profit organization which encourages reading by providing materials to those who need them most. Success Won’t Wait volunteers organize book drives by partnering with schools and universities, independent groups and organizations, and a variety of businesses, calling on residents to donate brand new and gently used books for redistribution in the community. To date, dozens of book drives have been held and over 700,000 books have been collected and redistributed.

About McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds

Founded in 2004, McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds launched into the marketplace with a series of innovative board, card, and party games. Since its creation, the company’s flagship product, the You’ve Been Sentenced! word game, has been the recipient of over 25 national awards including: Dr. Toy Best Products, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Gold Seal Award, National Parenting Seal of Approval, Mr. Dad Seal of Approval, plus many more.

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Digital development firm Island Officals collaborates with McNeill Designs to turn the beloved You’ve been Sentenced! word game into a FREE mobile app!

YBS Screen Shot, Making a SentenceMcNeill Designs, creator of the multi award–winning card game You’ve been Sentenced! recently partnered with the experts at Island Officials to turn the hit game into a free app for iOS and Android mobile devices.

Established in 2007, Island Officials is a game development studio based in New Jersey. The company is an officially licensed developer with Nintendo, Sony and Apple. Island Officials’ games are focused on mobile and casual platforms including iOS, Android, Nintendo DS-3DS-Wii U, PC, Mac and Sony.

As a specialized developer on multiple platforms Island Officials’ games are built to appeal to casual and core gamers, with a proven ability to deliver software that entertains a wide audience.

The You’ve been Sentenced! game app is now available FREE on both iOS and Android. Use the QR Codes below and go play!






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Rob Diaz of Today’s Author cites the You’ve been Sentenced! word game as a “go-to” resource for stimulating creative writing!

You've been Sentenced! word game, 2013, YBS10010What does a writer do for inspiration? If you answered “plays word games” you just might be right!

Recently, author  of Today’s Author cited two examples of great games that stimulate creative writing: You’ve been Sentenced! and Rory’s Cubes. Here’s a little of what he had to say:

“I’m a nerd. My kids are nerds. My wife is a nerd (that’s a compliment, honey). What this means is we often get gifts that are intellectually stimulating (along with the occasionally absurd varieties).

Two of the games we have on our shelf tend to spur a lot of creativity in our house. First, there are Rory’s Story Cubes. Rory’s Story Cubes are a set of dice that have pictures on them. You roll the dice and then make up a story based on the pictures that come up…

Another game we have received is called You’ve Been Sentenced. In You’ve Been Sentenced, players select a hand of 10 pentagonal cards from the deck. Each card has various conjugations of a base word. There are nouns, verbs, adjectives, indefinite articles, proper names — everything you’d need to write complete, grammatically correct sentences. The goal of the game is to build the longest sentence you can (again, properly formed, grammatically correct). When a player has achieved what they believe is their best sentence, they set a timer and the other players have until the time runs out to complete their own. Any player in the game is allowed to argue that your sentence is improper or grammatically incorrect or just doesn’t make sense…then you both defend opinions to the rest of the players (The Jury). The sentences that result from this are often quite hilarious, on their own, but as you can imagine, the arguments against or in defense of a given sentence are often even more hilarious. We have had games where in defense of a sentence we’ve spun up entire tales explaining back story and side details about the character(s) within it. Other times, I have attempted to make each of my sentences (each hand of cards) be part of a single storytelling universe – as you might imagine, this is not easy to do with a random set of words every few minutes…

I’m sure there are many other games out there that can provide similar creative sparks. I have a box on the table next to me that is called the “Writer’s Toolbox”. In it there are flash cards and popsicle sticks that have words, phrases and ideas written on them. There are also spinners with different words on them. Selecting a card or stick from the various piles or spinning the word wheel provides different ideas and story arcs. Similarly, I’ve taken a standard dictionary, closed my eyes, opened to a random page and dropped my finger onto a word… do it a couple of times and then use those words to build a story. (In fact, my wife and I used to do this together… we’d select words, write stories and then compare the results — I told you we’re both nerds…).

In the end, I look at any and all opportunities to find creativity.”

To read more from Rob Diaz, visit Today’s Author.

NEWS!!! A FREE app launched 3-5-2015 and game play is based on the best-selling You’ve been Sentenced! word game mentioned in this article! And, when you play the You’ve been Sentenced! word game app on your mobile device (either iOS or Android) you are helping to support literacy! McNeill Designs has committed to donating a portion of the ad revenues generated to the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait to further support their outstanding mission!

CLICK ON ANDROID OR iOS and go play! Android ios

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