Just when I thought the games I would be reviewing for TOS couldn’t get anymore fun, Wits & Wagers Family was dropped off on my doorstep. This family trivia game is definitely one for the family and while simple to play and to earn points, does present a challenge in the questions that are asked.
Although the suggested minimum age for this game is eight, we gathered everyone, Canyon (four years old), Lily, River, Darling D and me, and had a great time playing as a family. I figured Canyon had just as much of a chance of choosing the right answer to the questions as any one of us and he did enjoy being included in the family version of this game which is a more simplified version of the original Wits & Wagers.
There are no complicated directions so we were able to read through and start playing. There are five playing boards so only five people are able to play at one time or if you have more people, then you can pair up or make teams from the amount of people you have. After everyone was assigned a board they also are assigned a small and large Meeple (a small, wooden, person-shaped figure that is used as a player’s token in a board game).
How To Play
- A player reads a question which can only have a numerical answer.
- Each player (or team) writes his answer on his game board.
- The answers are revealed and then lined up in numerical order.
- Each player then places his Meeple(s) on the answer board(s) he believes is correct. He can choose one answer even if it is not on his own board or choose two different boards with answers he believes are correct.
- Once the answer is revealed, the board with the closest answer, without going over, is the winning board and the winners are the board owner and any players who place their Meeples on the winning board.
- 1 point for writing the winning guess
- 1 point for placing a small Meeple on the winning guess
- 2 points for placing a large Meeple on the winning guess
The first person to earn 15 points is the winner.
If you noticed, I said guess because that is really all everyone is doing. You don’t have to guess the correct answer, you just have to get close enough without going over the correct answer. So Canyon had his own board and guessed along with all of us. He actually came in second place. Placing your Meeples on the correct board can be a great tactic for winning this game.
There were a few times when the adults had the advantage like when the following questions were asked:
- How many types of nuts come in a can of Planters Mixed Nuts? (6 – peanuts, almonds, cashews, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, and pecans)
- How many Oreo cookies come in a standard 18oz package? I thought there were 46, but I wrote down 45 as my guess because I didn’t want to go over. (45) Yeah, Baby! I got four points – one for guessing the right answer, one point for placing my small Meeple on the right answer, and two points for placing my large Meeple on the right answer.
Then there were times when the children definitely knew the answer or were close enough and won the points by answering the following questions:
- How many total Disney princesses are there? (9 – Cinderella, Snow White, Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, and Tiana) Can you guess who got this one right? I put my Meeples on her card.
- In what year does the animated film WALL-E take place? (2700)
There are also some questions where the answers are more than just fun and a learning fact is presented like with the following questions:
- How many times does a honey bee flap its wings in 1 second? (230)
- What is the minimum number of states you must drive through to get from the Atlantic to the Pacific? (7)
The really cool thing about it is that even though you guess one answer, you still have the chance to “change your guess” and WIN!!!
If you are looking for a fun family game that everyone can play, has a level playing field, and will keep everyone entertained, then Wits & Wagers Family is that one.
PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
You can find a local store to purchase Wits & Wagers Family. It retails for $19.99, but prices may vary depending upon the store.
|The product featured in this review was provided to me free of cost by the manufacturer or representing PR agency as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. The opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation.|