This game is about what you and your family members think. You can settle any of those really heated household 'wars' like "What should the government spend less money on?" or just get an answer to a question you just have to have the answer to ... like "What would be the coolest make-believe animal?" This is where you can really "Say Anything!!" And those are just 2 of the 360 available questions.
In order to play you need at least 3-6 players (or teams) and about 30 minutes to allow for game play. And it's very easy to teach the game to people who haven't played before. The youngest player goes first and they get the 'SELECT-O-MATIC 6000', which then makes them the Judge. They will NOT be answering the question. They get to draw a question card and ask it. Then all the players right their answers down as quickly as possible, placing it face up.
Once all the answers are visible the Judge chooses their favorite answer on the 'SELECT-O-MATIC 6000' and places it face down so no one can see. The remaining players then get to guess which answer the Judge chose by placing their 2 tokens down on the answer(s) that they believe is the lucky one, Then the Judge reveals their choice, points are awarded and the next person becomes the Judge. Game play continues until everyone has asked 2 questions. The winner is the one with the most points (can earn a max of 3 points per round) at the end of the game. This game, like Wits & Wagers, also retails for just 19.99 and you can purchase yours at any of these retailers.
My husband and I played this on our own (even though you are supposed to have a minimum of three players) just to see how we thought the girls would be able to participate with this one. It was fun and enjoyable. I definitely think that having at least 3 people is necessary, but I think having the max number or even teams would be WAY more fun.
With only 2 people playing the game was a bit faster. The other missing link was that my husband and I know each other VERY well. We used to play another 'couple' game before being married and would beat people who had been married for many years. So, adding in a few more people, especially people you don't know much about, would be pretty cool.
That is why I had planned on taking this to our small group for game night a couple of weeks ago, but silly me forget and left the house with the box sitting by the door. Fortunately, we will have other relaxed nights so I'm sure this will be a hit at our next get together.
Because this one is more 'writing intensive' so if you have younger children who can't write on their own they will have to be teamed up with someone who can. Or you could even play this with a bunch of really close friends - say at a church small group as an ice breaker or get to know you better meeting.
The simplicity of the game is one of the reasons I think this game and others that NorthStar Games offers are such a hit. Well that and that you can complete a game in about a half an hour. Most other games are so lengthy that they become tedious and can not be used as a part of a family night, but instead take up the entire evening.
I also like that you don't have to write an answer in order to play. So if you can not come up with an answer don't write one. Just choose from the given answers and you might still end up a winner.
There are more views to read about over at the Homeschool Crew blog, so make sure you take a few minutes and see what they have had to say. Have fun at your next Game Night!!
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