Since I just got back from a trip to beautiful Las Vegas, it seems like a great time to review a game with a gambling theme. I’m talking about Wits & Wagers!
North Star Games was nice enough to send me a copy to review which I was thrilled about since it’s been on my “to buy and try” list for a very long time. Truthfully, I’m not a big gambler; in fact I lost $4.52 in Vegas. (I was playing the penny slots…but that’s 452 pennies!! Thank god I don’t bet dollars!)
But enough about my issues, let’s talk about the game. I loved it! It’s trivia meets gambling and the best thing is you really don’t have to know much trivia to win. Here’s the scoop. Every round starts with a trivia question being read. Each player (or team) scrawls an answer on their card. Answers are always numbers their easily organized on the nice fabric mat in numerical order and then people place their bets. The numbers that are at the extremes – the highest and the lowest – pay out at the highest odds, whereas the numbers in the middle of the pack will only pay out 2-1 or 3-1. Regardless, you’re looking for the number closest to the correct answer.
Betting is really interesting in this game because numbers closer to the middle seem to indicate that they’re a safe bet, but you also want to pay attention to who wrote the answer. For example, one of the questions is “The record time for the Daytona 500 car race was set in 1980. In miles per hour, what was the winner’s average speed?” I’m probably not going to go with my sister’s answer because she doesn’t know much about cars. Years ago she thought the coolant tank was where the windshield washer fluid went in her car, so of course I’d be much more likely to go with a gear-head friend who has a vague idea of what the answer might be. And if the question was “In what year was the first G.I Joe action figure sold?” I’d go with my friend Scott because he probably has enough G.I. Joes to give one to each citizen of Rhode Island. However, if it’s something that is completely off everyone’s radar like “How many feet of wire are in a flattened Slinky?” it may be time to rely on what ends up near the center of the board – or go for the big score if I think it’s one of the more extreme answers and worth higher odds.
In Wits & Wagers, all answers are closest without going over so it has a little bit of that classic Price is Right feel that we all love. The only thing I didn’t like is that I have to get a big group of people together to play it. While you can play it with 4 players, it is so much more fun when you have closer to 6 or 7 and it can be played with up to 20.
Overall Wits & Wagers is a trivia game that you really don’t need to be that great at trivia for. It helps if you know your opponents but if you were a rock star at multiple-choice tests back in school, you’re golden.