When it comes to “Junior” or “Family” versions of games I usually feel that a game loses a little of the magic or gets watered down to make it age appropriate for the younger set, but I really enjoyed the family version of Wits & Wagers! (read that review here)I thought the changes the folks at North Star Games made to the original game were well thought out and the game doesn’t lose any of it’s magic.
Just as in Wits & Wagers (read that review here), Wits & Wagers Family starts each round with a question where all of the answers will be numbers. Each player writes down their best guess and then all of the answers cards are organized in a row from lowest to highest. Simple enough. Then players each take their two “Meeples” (people shaped movers, see above) and they place the large one and their small one on the answers they think are correct. Just as in original Wits & Wagers, you can vote for your own but sometimes it’s best to look to someone who has more knowledge regarding the question and vote for their answer. Once all of the votes are cast, the answer is read and the winning answer is the one that is closest without going over. Players with a large Meeple on the correct answer get two points, whereas the small Meeple is worth one. An additional point is awarded to the player who wrote down the correct answer as well. Points are tallied on the wipe off scoreboard.
Overall, I thought their use of “Meeples” was a really clever way of omitting the not-so-kid-friendly betting tokens. It’s also great for people who aren’t real gamers or are intimidated by the betting and odds aspect of Wits & Wagers. My only concern with the game is that some of the questions were a little too easy. (We all knew there were 8 crayons in the first box of Crayolas.) I know I said something similar about Take 5, so it might be that my brain is filled with too much useless knowledge because of excessive game playing and trivia writing, which is distinctly possible. But there is an easy solution if you agree with me, grab the box of cards from Wits & Wagers and just omit any inappropriate ones. Otherwise, just skip the easy ones in the Family version; there are plenty of fun and interesting random tidbits within the cards.
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