Publisher: North Star Games
Designer: Dominic Crapuchettes
Artists: Ali Douglass, Jacoby O’Connor, and Shawn Wilson
Genre: Family focused bluffing trivia party game
Players: Three to ten players
Playing time: 20 Minutes
The game features 300 new family-friendly questions. And even better than that, Wits & Wagers Family includes Meeples– fun, cute, human shaped wooden pieces that the players use to select which answers they think are correct. Meeples have been a hallmark in European style strategy games for years, but this is the first time they have made an appearance in a party game.
So check out Wits & Wagers Family, the game that combines laughter and learning in a way that all ages can enjoy together!
So you’ve read our review of Wits and Wagers, and are probably wondering why you would consider picking up another version of the award winning game. Well, Wits and Wagers Family really is the same game as Wits and Wagers, with a few important differences.
First, there are no betting chips. Why? Because it is a family game. You don’t want to be promoting gambling to your kids, and what would your parents think? Instead, the family version comes with meeples. Each player gets two meeples, a big one and a smaller one. Place the big one on the guess you think is the most correct and get two points if you are right. You can place the smaller meeple on another guess (or even the same one) and get one point if that guess is correct.
Second, The betting felt layout is gone. Again, a family move. You simply line up the markerboards with all the answers in numerical order. There is a board with the number one on it, that you can put your meeples on if you think that all the other guesses are too high.
Thirdly, The questions have been redesigned so that kids have as good a chance to answer them as the adults do. “How Many Disney Princesses are there?” “How many Oreo’s come in a standard package?” There are still plenty of questions that adults have a good shot at too, so everyone gets to be involved.
Finally, There are not a set amount of rounds, the game has a scoreboard and the first player to reach 15 points wins. This makes the game move a little faster.
The game is as scaleable as the original, so you can pull it out at the family reunion, or bring it out for family game night. When I played with the kids we were up and playing within 5 minutes. They had a blast and it was a lot of fun. The cards are not regular sized cards, they are smaller and flimsier, but are plastic coated to help prevent spills from ruining them. Plus, while the original game comes with 700 questions, the family version has only 300. However the family version has a price point of $10.00 cheaper than the original, so at $20.00 the game is a bargain and promises a load of fun for the whole family.
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