Wednesday, December 15, 2010

TOS Review: Wits and Wagers Family

We were so pumped to find out we were receiving a board game to review.    We had never heard of Wits and Wagers Family, but we didn't care.     We LOVE games and couldn't wait to give this one a try.

While waiting for it to arrive we went online to see what it was all about and here is what we found:
  • The Wits and Wagers Family Edition can be enjoyed by all ages
  • Features 300 kid friendly questions
  • Object is to write down a guess to a fun question, then players try to score points by choosing which guess is closest to the right answer. 
  • Not a trivia buff? It doesn't matter! Each player writes a guess to a silly kid friendly question and then proceed to choose who has the best one. Feeling confident? Pick your own guess. Think someone else knows better? Pick theirs! 
  • For 3 - 10 players, ages 8 and up.150 question cards, 5 dry erase answer boards, 5 dry erase pens, 5 large Meeples, 5 small Meeples, 1 dry erase score board and instructions. 
  • Price: $19.99
  • Made by North Star Games

 We couldn't wait for the game to arrive because one of our holiday traditions is to try to buy a new board game and to take it with us to family events.       What better place to try out a board game than with a huge group of family?    We took this home for Thanksgiving.

What a hit!    I am not sure how many times we played this, but everyone enjoyed it and had a lot of fun.   Did you notice the age ranges in that picture above?    One of the best things about this game is that if you can guess a number then you can play.      Someone reads out a question:  "How many colors are in a bowl of Fruit Loops?"   Every person writes their guess on their dry erase board and puts it face down on the table.     You turn them over and then place your Meeple (little people) on the guesses you think are right.     If you place your Meeple(s) on the right answer, then you get point(s).    The first team to get 15 points wins!     How easy is that?

Because we had so many people playing, we grouped up into teams which was a lot of fun too.     Aunts and nephews,  husbands and wives, fathers and sons, aunts and nieces, uncles and nephew, Father and daughter.... you name the combination we had it!     

I told my family I was reviewing the game and asked if they had any comments.    They gave me the following comments:

My sister:  "The markers included with the game didn't last through the second game so you need to make sure and cap after every use and have some extra on hand."   So true!
My son:   "Not all the facts are completely accurate!"     He was still mad about losing points for one of his answers.     Ha!     However, he has a good point.    On every card they ask a question and then site their source.     It is a good idea to read the source to your players so they have a point of reference.      The first question where we discovered this was, "Who is the oldest woman to give birth?"   My 9 year old wrote 90 on his card because he was thinking of Sarah in the Bible.     However, their answer on the card did not match that because their reference was the Guinness Book of World Records.    

My family gave this game a THUMBS UP!     I can't wait for our friends to come over in a week so we can play even more of this game.      If your family has a tradition of playing games or even buying a new game every year, I highly recommend this one.    If your family has never started the game tradition, this would be a great way to start.

Disclaimer:  As part of the TOS Homeschool Review Crew, I did receive this book for free from North Star Games.  The fact that I received complimentary products does not guarantee a favorable review.  It does guarantee a review. A fair review. But I am not going to praise something unless I think it deserves the praise.  If I don't like it, you'll hear that.  And hopefully with enough detail as to why so you can decide for yourself if what I hate about it makes it perfect for your family.