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No. of players: 4-18
Amount of time to play: 25 min
Age requirements: 8+
Set-up time: minimal
Wits and Wagers Party is a trivia and betting game that can be played with a large group of people. That said it scales very well and is family friendly.
To start you divide into three to six teams. Teams can have one to three people on them. You also choose a color and take the board and betting chips that match it.
This version of the game does not play too differently than the others. You secretly answer a trivia question (all answers are numbers). After revealing the answers, you bet on whose answer is the closest without going over. You have two betting chips and may place them on the same or different answers. You get a poker chip for each betting chip on the winning answer. You also get a chip for being the player or team with the winning answer.
On the seventh and final question you may bet your poker chips. Winning still pays out one to one and the player or team with the most poker chips wins.
Wits and Wagers Party is not very different from the original game. The betting and payouts have been streamlined a bit. But the basic game play is the same. The questions are simpler and make the game easier for children.
The components are great. The poker chips are of much better quality than those in the original game and the erasers on the end of the dry erase markers are fantastic. The rules are well written and easy to follow.
If you are looking for a party game that a variety of people can play and enjoy check out Wits and Wagers Party. This game is great to play with kids and is very good for large groups.
If you already own the original game you may not need this. The betting has been simplified and the odds mat is gone. The 250 questions come from the expansion pack, but if you are looking to new questions and better components you could easily mix the two games.
Score and synopsis: (Click here for an explanation of these review categories.)
Strategy 2 out of 6
Luck 4 out of 6
Player Interaction 4 out of 6
Replay Value 4 out of 6
Complexity 2 out of 6
Fun 4 out of 6
Overall 4 out of 6