Northstar games designs “games with personality”. They are the creators of Say Anything and Wits and Wagers (which we got to play for this review). The company was founded by Dominic Crapuchettes, who designed his first game when he was in 8th grade!
Wits and Wagers comes in two versions: the family version and the party version. The party version is for 10 or more players, while the family version can be played with 3 to 10 people, or even in teams. My husband and I and our two boys really enjoyed this game!
The game consists of a game board, questions and “meeples” which you use to keep track of your answers,and answer boards where you write down your guesses. The first player chooses a card and asks a random (I mean really random 🙂 ) question…it may be something like “what percent of U.S. households have at least 1 pet cat?”. Then each player, or team, writes their best guess on their answer board. The answer boards are placed on the table, and each player places their meeple on what they believe to be the closest correct answer (you don’t have to choose your own answer). You can even split your meeples in between two answers if you want to! Points are awarded for choosing the closest guess without going over!
We had so much fun playing this game together. The questions themselves are so unusual, they produce a laugh when you’re asking them. My boys really enjoyed trying to figure out what the best answer may be…and they were excited when they were able to get close. A lot of times, we forgot to even keep track of the score. There are a total of 150 questions in the game, allowing for plenty of time to play.
At our house, we try to enjoy a family game night at least twice a month, and we are always looking for new games to add to these nights. Wits and Wagers family is quickly becoming a favorite, and our boys even get it out when they have friends over (and my husband and I have played with friends as well…so it’s fun for adults and kids!). I am currently considering buying the party version for our housewarming next month. I did not get to play Say Anything, but I have heard good things about that as well. Wits and Wagers family costs $15.23 at amazon.com, and it is definitely worth it! (It is also available at some Target and Barnes and Noble stores..at least in my area).
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If you love trivia games that will provide you with endless laughter, Wits and Wagers is a great choice!
**Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this game for the purpose of writing this review. All opinions expressed are my own.