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Guess Who Extra
Hasbro Guess Who Extra
Member Name: baby-cakes
Hasbro Guess Who Extra
Advantages: great game, can play on the move
My daughter received a toy washing machine for Christmas which sadly didn't work properly and had to be returned to the manufacturers which resulted in a refund rather than a replacement. I decided to take her to the toy store so she could choose whatever she would like with the money. Of course, being just turned four with very little concept of money she opted straight for a trampoline stating she had "cash" so could buy it!! After some convincing that she couldn't actually afford a trampoline she said she wanted to choose a game and when faced with the extensive choice she went straight for Guess Who Extra. I was a little concerned that it would be too old for her as it is for age six and above, however she had received a cheap version of the standard Guess Who from one of her friends and loved it so I agreed that she could buy it.
What is Guess Who Extra?
Guess Who Extra is a take on the original Guess Who game but with a difference. Rather than two separate playing boards, Guess Who Extra is a fold up board that is also electronic. The board stands up like a kind of pyramid which makes it easier to see the pictures and the covers stay open when in play (it is harder to knock them down by mistake as they face downwards and to cover the picture you move the cover up and close it over the picture).
The other difference with this version of the game is that there are several playing boards to choose from which means there are 144 different mystery faces to choose from! There are the usual suspects which are the characters from the original game and also there are household items, monsters, kids, funny faces and animals.
Whats in the box?
Inside the box you will find:
Guess Who portable board
6 double sided character sheets
8 guessing pegs
The game board is made out of tough plastic and seems like it is pretty sturdy. It is hinged in the middle to make the board stay together and stand up when opened out. In the centre of the hinge you will see three lights - red, green and white which can be used throughout the game. One half of the board is red and the other half is blue and this determines which cards to use depending on the player (i.e a blue card for the blue player) though I don't think this matters to any extent. The game requires two AAA batteries which are not included.
Playing the game
This game is so simple to set up - once you realise where the clip is that holds the board together when stored in the box. At first we were trying to prise the board apart but it felt like it was going to snap, after a closer look we realised there is a small white clip which keeps it together so simply push it in and the board releases and opens up. Once the board is open you are pretty much ready to go. Position the board in the centre of the two players and choose the character sheet that you wish to play with.
Once you have chosen the character sheet you need to choose which character you want the other player to try and guess. At the top you will see two rows of characters and a rectangular panel that you can move across and place over your chosen person/object so you can easily see who you had! When asking the questions to your opponent the idea is to use the red and green buttons to give a correct or incorrect answer, for example "Is your character a man?", if it is you can press the green button to let them know they are correct.
There are four little pegs that come with the game and these can be added to the slots before the game starts as like a prediction of who you think your opponent may choose. If you get it right you receive double points!
The rules are exactly the same as the original game in that each player takes it in turns asking the questions to eliminate the characters until there is just one left to guess who! The winner is the first person to guess the character correctly.
My daughter really really enjoys playing this game, and if I am honest I do too! Guess Who was one game I never had as a child and was only ever able to play it at a friends house so playing it now does really take me back to being a child. As stated the game is suitable for children age six and over but at four my daughter is able to play and enjoy the game. Sometimes she will need a little help in what kind of questions to ask but most of the time she does ok and manages to get through the game - the only problem being that of course she can't read the names as yet so she does struggle in that sense. Sometimes she will ask a silly question such as "does your person have a nose?", well of course they all do so we have to try and get her to say the size of the nose rather than just having one!! We quite often tend to play the game at my mums house so my daughter and I make up a team and play against Grandma! Yep, we always win as my mum really is quite rubbish at Guess Who!!
One thing we really like about the game is the various options of characters to choose from. My daughter always chooses monsters or funny faces as they are the most fun for her. We have tried the household item one which is very cartoon-like with each appliance having a face and arms and legs but that is still a little difficult for her as yet.
While it is a good feature that the game is electronic, in all honesty we tend to forget about the buttons and just simply answer yes or no to the questions (pressing the button seems to be an afterthought). It doesn't affect the game in any way by not using the buttons but my daughter does like the round of applause you get at the end if you win!
The only negative we have found with this game is that the sliding tile at the top which you move to position over your chosen character falls off very easily but it clips back on with ease, its just a bit annoying thats all. I really like how the game is all set up when you open the box as with the standard game you have to make the boards up which is a little fiddly but this is just simply ready to go as soon as the batteries (if you wish) are inserted.
We purchased Guess Who Extra from Smyths Toy Store while it was on offer at £11.99 which is a great price for the game as it can be found for around £20 in some places so it is really worth shopping around for. I would happily recommend this game, its great fun and as it is a flip board you can even play it in the car on long journeys!
Thank you for reading my review.