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MB Games Guess Who?
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MB Games Guess Who?
Date: 05/12/12, updated on 01/10/13 (76 review reads)
Advantages: Good fun, educational, good for special needs and well designed.
This is a game where players are encouraged to observe facial features and ask questions in order to go through a process of elimination.
The winner correctly guesses the character that the opposition player owns before the opposition guessed their card.
Each player takes it in turns to ask a question such as, 'Does yours have blonde hair?'
From the second round onwards you can ask, 'Is this a man?'
If your card is a woman, the reply is, 'No'.
Your opponent can then eliminate all the men by flipping the male images so they are face-down on the frame and eliminated as possible candidates. Now this will be rather unfortunate as there are very few women characters, therefore, the opposition is hurtling toward guessing the card you have.
This is a game for two players only aged six and up. I should say here that we've had children play between the ages of four and six, without problems apart from a little confusion with which characters can be flipped down. This is easily explained and older children are good at helping the younger children to understand.
This MB game has the old-fashioned and much better design than the modern day Hasbro. I have owned both but gladly returned to the MB version as this is much higher quality.
This game comes with a red board and separate blue board. The two payers have a frame each and within that are twenty-four different faces. The yellow little pegs are used to keep score. Each time a player wins a game they put a marker in one of the holes provided on their frame. This allows for play to be left at one game or to have an overall winner from several games.
Pick a card - any card...
Each player takes a card from a small pack, of about thirty image cards, which matches the people images on the frames. This card is placed in the space provided, in the front of the frame, in order for the opposition to not be able to see the image. Both players work to deduce what the other player has on their card.
The faces have distinguishable features such as earrings or a beard and a player asks one question per round. Just to remind you, the plastic holders containing the cards are flipped down when the player is sure that the image is not the same as that on the opposing player's card.
There are very few women represented and the same applies with the Hasbro version.
I believe Hasbro is the modern update and I had hoped that modern day improvements, from a game played in the 1980s, would include greater representation of women and ethnic minorities I am disappointed, with Hasbro, to count five women and only one of those females is black. The other nineteen faces are all male. This is not teaching our children about sexual and racial equality. No wonder there are still glass ceilings and fewer women than men represented in key jobs. I'm not blaming the game makers for this discrepancy in Western society I'm just pointing out that it doesn't help childhood perceptions. For this reason MB wins as they made this game earlier in time but that's the only reason they are forgiven.
The plastic is very easy to break. The corners of the image frames are broken in a couple of places. It's not like we've thrown the board around the room in a fit of rage. This has happened through gentle ordinary play. However, Hasbro game design is a billion times worse.
In the Hasbro version the central game piece is now fixed into one section and the characters are hidden behind little doors that the players open and shut. Plus you have to set this up for the children and make the character sheets of pets and people fit in.
The plastic face holders and the cards also slip out of the plastic purely because the design has changed and the cards slip in between the plastic. There is nothing there to hold them into place. Now there is one board for the two players to share rather than the much better design that included two separate boards, one for each player. Why would Hasbro go backwards in design from something that worked perfectly well in the past? One has to squint to see the small facial details. This design is ludicrous. It takes forever to set up because cards fall out. During game play, doors open and shut and we knock cards over, you get to see what the opponent has and they get mixed up rendering the game useless.
Therefore, this MB version wins by miles as though the plastic corners have broken of it doesn't prevent normal game play. The whole point, after all, is to be able to enjoy the game.
It's good fun.
This is a very easy game to teach to children. They learn how to pay in a matter minutes and then you can leave them to it.
Educationally they are developing their observation skills and also their language skills as they must vocalise questions and responses. The game is based on a process of elimination and deduction which will aid logical thinking.
This is an excellent game for children with developmental disorders as it aids communication and recognition.
Goodbye to Hasbro's Guess Who? Hello to MB's version.
Sorry Hasbro, I've ditched your game, in favour of this much better and more fun MB old style version.
Summary: Seek this MB version out as some other versions are inferior.
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