Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Wits and Wagers Family Game

PhotobucketHave you finished your Christmas shopping yet?  I hope not, because today's review item would make a great gift!  If you're trying to find that perfect family gift that everyone will enjoy, I think this will fit the bill.  Just make sure and pick one up for your kids too, because it's a lot of fun.  Oh, and did I mention it has educational value as well?  Yeah, it sneaks in there, disguised as fun.

I realize I'm sounding a lot like an advertisement, but that's just because I'm a fan of this company and their games.  A few years ago, my husband and I and a few friends had the opportunity to go to Gen Con in Indiana.  Gen Con is a huge gaming convention (and I SO want to go again), with many different activities and workshops going on at all times.  At one point, a few of us wandered into a giant game of Wits and Wagers (the grown up version) and had a blast.  Our team lost, but we all received coupons for the vendor booth.  While there, we fell in love with another North Star game- Say Anything.  We purchased this one with the coupon and it has been a favorite ever since.  When I found out North Star Games was going to be a TOS vendor, I was super excited as I already knew I would love it!

So how does the game work?  Each person or team receives a dry erase board and a marker.  One person reads a trivia question (every answer will be a number) and everyone writes down their guess as to what the answer will be.  Most of these are not items you are expected to know.  In the last game we played, we had questions like: How many mummies were found in King Tut's tomb? How many minutes of music can you record on a standard CD? How many holes can be seen on SpongeBob Squarepants when fully dressed? and the like.  As you can see, some do have educational value and others are merely for fun.

Once everyone has written down their answer, the cards are flipped over and the numbers placed in order from smallest to largest.  Then each person or team takes their Meeples and places them on the answer they think is closest to being correct (without going over).  The real answer is read and points are received for both guessing the closest answer originally and placing your Meeples on the closest answer.  The first team to fifteen, wins.

We have a large family with a large age span and I am not a fan of children's board games (whoever created Candy Land should be taken out and...but I digress). This is a game that everyone could play together and actually enjoy.  It's fun, it's easy to learn, and it should have a pretty good replay value.  If you enjoy family gaming, give it a try and let me know what you think!

Be on the lookout at your local book/toy/department store for Wits and Wagers Family!


*Disclosure: I received Wits and Wagers Family at no cost for review purposes.  Check out the TOS Crew for more perspectives on this product!*

2 comments:

Our Homeschool Reviews said...

This game looks so good I may have to go out and buy it!

ssmurray5 said...

Thanks for the info. on this game. It sounds like fun. My sister was just asking which family game my kids would like for Christmas....I think I'll suggest this one.

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