Product Type: MB Games board games
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A fun guessing game
MB Games Guess Who?
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MB Games Guess Who?
Advantages: Something to play together, children can learn from it
Disadvantages: Older children may gt bored quickly
Guess Who is a game for two players which was first released in 1979. It is made by MB games and is recommended for ages 6 and over.
The boards vary depending on the edition of the game you get, some have pictures of the characters behind doors and you close the door on those you eliminate.
In my edition, each player has a plastic board (either red or blue) which contains pictures of 24 different people on plastic hinged cards, which you flip down so you can no longer see their picture as you eliminate. There is a slot for each player to place a card chosen from the deck, which has the image of one of these people on it. Each player is to try and guess who is on their opponents card,
They do this by eliminating people through asking questions. For example, if a player asks their opponent "Is your person a man?" and they answer "no", they would then flip down the pictures of all the men on their board narrowing down the possible people of the other players card.
Other questions could include:
"Does this person wear glasses?"
"Are they wearing a hat?"
"Have they got a moustache?"
"Do they have blonde hair?"
The players take it in turns to ask the other a question each until they can guess who is on the other players card. If they guess incorrectly their turn will be over, if they guess correctly they have won the round.
In this original flip style board I find the pictures of the characters larger and clearer to see than the smaller door style boards. It's also easier to start a new round of the game, just tipping the board up to make them stand upright again. It's also less fiddly to simply flick down the characters you have eliminated so I think would be easier for younger children than the fiddly little door style.
The edition I have, which is quite an old edition is available to buy online for around £10.
It is also available in a travel sized edition which is handy to play on the go as it's a game with only each players board and the cards it doesn't have lots of small pieces so it is suitable for car journeys.
There are also special editions which include a version picturing Disney characters or an X Men edition.
Some editions have electronic features and require batteries although the older ones do not.
Overall I think this is a really good game, it gets children playing together which is what board games are all about. The age recommendation is over 6 but I think younger children could play it, they may need a little help though. If they understand different colours and the names of accessories and can understand the aim of the game I think any age could play. It could also be played with younger children to help to teach them the names of these things and to improve their questioning.
I used to love this when I was younger and think it's something quite different to a typical board game. Older children may find it gets dull quickly as they would be able to figure out the correct person pretty fast, for younger children they could get much more longevity from the game though.
Summary: A good 2 player game
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