Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wits & Wagers Family Game Review


Get ready to place your bets!  Wits & Wagers Family from North Star Games is a "how good can you guess" kind of game that brings friends and family together.   The rules are person reads a question from the stack of cards provided (ie:  How many times does a honey bee flap its wings in one second?), then all the players make their best guess and write it on their dry erase board, then everyone reveals their answer, then everyone places their "bet" on which they think is closest to the correct answer.  Voila!  Once the correct answer is revealed then points are rewarded for whoever bet on the closest to correct answer.
Photobucket The game includes 300 family friendly questions, fun human-shaped meeples, one dry erase score board, 5 dry erase markers, and 5 dry erase answer boards.  It is designed for ages 8 and up.  I thought that age was appropriate since it does require writing, spelling, and the ability to make a "relatively" educated guess to the questions.

Here's my personal take and experience with Wits & Wagers Family:
  • It was fun for my family!  We had some good laughs and learned a few trivia tidbits along the way!
  • The game doesn't take long.  You can play a whole game in 20 minutes if you want.
  • We added some strategy to the mix by pretending we were sure we knew the answer (when we didn't) OR we were clueless about the answer (when we knew for sure) in order to throw off our competition.
  • We agreed that it would be a great addition to a friend's game night too.
  • We liked the variety of the questions!  There are many topics included so you won't get bored.
  • The scoring system was a bit confusing and we had to keep the instruction book handy for the first several games.
  • I thought the price was reasonable for a fun, family friendly game.
  • I'm not sure how I feel about the dry erase option.  How long will these boards last until they are too stained?  How long will these dry erase markers last until I have to spend money to replace them?  I suppose when either of these happens we'll just resort to small pieces of paper and pencils.
  • The game needs at least 3 players, so my son and I couldn't play on our own.  We play games together, just the two of us, every day, so this sadly won't be able to be one of them.  

      You can visit North Star Games to find a store nearest you to purchase Wits & Wagers Family (prices will vary).  Or, go straight to Amazon and get it for the current sale price of $15.23.  I don't know how long that price will last, so hop to it!  This will make a fun and inexpensive Christmas gift!

      Any products reviewed by me as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew have been given to me free of charge in order for me to provide you with an honest review of the product and/or how we used the product within our family.  I do not receive any other form of compensation for the reviews posted on this blog.


      1. sounds like fun. Reminds me of one of my favorite games--Dictionary. You take a dictionary and each person takes a turn opening to a random page and choosing a word that probably no one else knows. Then each of the other people write a definition that they make up while the dictionary person writes the real definition. Everyone passes in their definitions and the word chooser reads all the definitions. Everyone votes on which they think is the accurate definition. Then you pass the dictionary to the next person. You keep score of who guessed correctly and when you decide to stop playing you see who has the most accurate guesses.

      2. Great review! Thanks for being my 60th!!!! Woohoo!!!

      3. We received this game last year and we have enjoyed it. We also enjoy their new game - Say Anything.

        Stopping by from the Crew.