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If you’ve been to our house in the past few weeks, you’ve probably been asked if you want to play Wits & Wagers. We actually have Wits & Wagers Family, the family friendly version of the original game. It was given to me, and several of my mates, by North Star Games, to review as part of The Old Schoolhouse (R) Homeschool crew.
Participation is suggested for ages 8+, with 3-10 players, singles or up to 5 teams. Our current daily household is 9 and our youngest regular player is 6 years old. We play teams and the 6 year old, with an older team mate, has just as much fun as the rest of us! To win a game, which takes roughly 20-30 minutes, you have to be the first to get 15 points. In case of a tie, the team with the youngest player wins. One of the reasons our 6 y.o. thinks this is “the best game ever!”
This is a question and answer game, but…you don’t have to know the answer. Another reason my 6 y.o. and I think this is “the best game ever!” The game comes with 300 questions, 5 dry erase (answer) boards and 5 dry erase pens, 1 dry erase score board; 5 large and 5 small Meeples (wooden markers).
We are actually considering customizing our Meeples.
Basically, play goes like this:
- A question is asked
- Answers are known or guessed and written on an answer board
- All answer boards are put in the center of the table
- Meeples are used to mark which answer you think is correct or closest to the correct answer
- Points are scored – 1 pt. for writing the winning guess – 1 pt. for placing a small Meeple on the winning answer board – 2 pts. for placing a large Meeple on the winning answer board
- First person or team to accumulate 15 pts. wins the game!
Questions vary, but every answer is a number. You might get, “How many different colors of Froot Loops are there?” or “In feet, how tall is the world’s largest IMAX movie screen?” I happen to know there are 6 Froot Loop colors, but the IMAX answer would be a total guess. I might not know the answers, but I can still win, if I choose the right answer or the one closest to it, without going over it.
I have yet another reason why this is “the best game ever!” It’s adaptability to our homeschool. I can make up questions, with number answers, to correlate and reinforce any subject we are studying.
Learning is fun! and this game proves it. Even if, I only use the 300 questions that come with Wits & Wagers Family it is impossible to not learn something every time we play.
This product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange, for my honest review, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog. The opinions expressed are my own.