Product Type: Hasbro board games
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~Guess Who Extra - Extra Annoying!~
Hasbro Guess Who Extra
Member Name: newby2
Hasbro Guess Who Extra
Advantages: format of the Classic game still good
Disadvantages: one board to share, annoying lights and sounds, rubbish characters
==Guess Who Extra==
Guess Who is a classic game that has been around for many years and I didn't think that it was possible to improve on the game or change it in any way. However Hasbro, the makers of the game, obviously have come up with a way that they think does improve it or at least bring the game into the electronic age that we are in.
The Guess Who Extra is extra because of the fact that it is now played on a board which now has lights and sounds. Not only this but the game sheets have been changed and there are far more people and objects which can be picked for the opponent to try and identify.
The game itself is recommended for players aged 6 years old and over but Jack was bought this last Christmas when he was around 4 ½ and had no trouble in playing it since that time. Only two players can play at a time and it is not a game that a child can play alone.
The downside of this game now being electronic is that it does require 2 AA batteries which, like a lot of these electronic toys, are not included with the game and need to be purchased separately. Installing them is pretty simple however and once these are in place the game is ready to be played.
The concept of the game is pretty much the same in that both players need to insert a game card into their side of the board and this card has to be the same for both players. The board is now one piece and unlike the game of old which was made up of two separate boards this one has to be played with the players sitting close together which can often be tricky and not always ideal. Once the cards are inserted each player needs to choose a person, animal, monster or object (depending on which game card has been agreed on) and then the opponent will need to ask a question which will get either a yes no answer in order to find the person, animal or object that the other player has picked.
The electronic side of the game works by either the players choosing to play against the clock so that when the game begins the green button on top of the play board is hit and a rather annoying electronic beeping will start up putting the pressure on the player who is asking the questeion as it needs to be asked before the timer has gone off. If the answer to the question is yes then the green button gets hit and if the answer to the question is no then the red button on the top of the game board need to be hit. Both of the buttons on top give out a different type of noise, which are just as annoying as each other.
The buttons flash as they are hit and are counting down which can also be a little off putting and personally we never play the timer game as this is not only annoying but can make everyone feel a little on edge rather than excited. You can opt not to play with the timer but just use the two top buttons to answer your questions I.e. hit the red for no or the green button for yes.
There are a ton of different cards which are included in the game and all of the cards have different sides to them and there are a total of 6 boards to choose from. Of course there has to be double of each card so that each player can have one on their side of the board.
I personally prefer the old style cards as these newer ones have pictures that are not as clear or as well done as the game of old and I can't say I like the characters that are made from items around the home. They have things like a washing machine on them but they have given it arms and sunglasses to of course make it easier for the questions to be asked in order to illuminate the objects. The other game cards include monsters, animals, funny people and young people none of which I am as fond of as the old Guess Who game cards.
Jack finds the game interesting to play but a lot of the time he prefers to play without the electronic element at all and we just play the game as though it was the original Guess Who which is a lot easier as you don't have the annoyance of the lights or the sounds which in our opinion doesn't make for a better game in the least. I think the original game was a little bit better because of the far nicer game cards and the fact that you both had a board that you could sit apart from each other and also the old one could be played in the car where as this one can't as you have to be facing each other in order for the game to work properly and your opponent not see your chosen person.
All in all I think for a board game that is now priced over £20 (depending on where you get it from) that it really hasn't improved that much and all the added extras that Hasbro have tried to add on to make the game a better one just really hasn't worked. The original format worked so well and I can't see why when something is not broke that it needs to be fixed!
It is thus my opinion that if you were thinking of buying a Guess Who game that you would be better off saving yourself a few pounds and buy the original game. You also won't need to fork out on batteries or be annoyed by the computer like sounds of this Extra version of the classic game.
I think a score of 3 out of 5 stars is in order for this board game. The game is fun and great for kids to play but the minus marks are for all the so called improvements which I don't feel have actually worked.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
Summary: Stick to the original