Product Type: Mattel board games
Newest Review: ... This is neat as it enables the board to fit in the box without being folded and it makes it smaller when playing so it fits on a coffee tab... more
Are you a 'Know it All'?
Mattel Bezzerwizzer Trivia Game
Member Name: catsholiday
Mattel Bezzerwizzer Trivia Game
Advantages: Quick fun quiz game
Disadvantages: Quite expensive initially
My daughter gave this to us for Christmas this year as we love trivia quiz type games and playing with all the family when we get together at times like Christmas. I had not heard of this one before and initially I struggled to get my head around the rules but that could have had something to do with the early get up, all the cooking and amount I had drunk on the day!!
GAME DESCRIPTION FROM AMAZON
"Bezzerwizzer takes trivia game play to a whole new level. This fast paced game of trivia, tactics and trickery has 5,000 questions across 20 categories, from "Food and Drink" and "Film" to "Business" and much more. Sounds simple, yet Bezzerwizzer is no ordinary game, it's about as clever as a board game can get. Challenge your opponents to answer their questions correctly and you could steal their points! Teams are asked questions from randomly chosen categories, but they are allowed to order categories, as the points received for each correct answer is increased for each category. Players can then swap tiles and categories with other players. You'll have to be sneaky and strategise to win this game. It was originally invented in Denmark and has proved so popular it has spread around the world. Bezzerwizzer means "know-it-all" in Danish!"
WHAT IS IN THE BOX?
This comes in a neat box with a board, cards and playing pieces. The board is quite neat in that the basic board is about 10" square. You then add an extra piece of board per team to each side of the board. If two teams/players are playing then you only need to add the two bits. This is neat as it enables the board to fit in the box without being folded and it makes it smaller when playing so it fits on a coffee table unlike a full Trivial Pursuit board!
Also in the box you have four playing pieces, blue, green, red and yellow. There are four zapper tiles in the same colours and eight "Bezzerwizzer" tiles two of each colour. A black cloth bag then holds all the 20 different black tiles which have the categories on them. We had two packs of question cards in our box and we didn't get anywhere near half way through one pack when we played twice.
HOW TO PLAY
It is basically a quiz game that can be played by two people or teams up to four people or teams. The teams each take four category tiles from the bag and between them decide which category they want to play for their one point answer, their two point answer and then the three pointer and four pointer. The questions have to be answered in the correct order, one then two then three then the four pointer. You can choose to put your strongest category first so you get on through the game or last so you get four points for it. The problem with putting your most challenging category first is that you may not get beyond that!
You take turns to have questions read to you by an opposing team. If there are more than two teams or players then you can use your 'Bezzerwizzer' tiles and can challenge the other team. If you play your 'Bezzerwizzer' tile before the question is asked if you feel that you are strong in that category. If the team whose question it is get the answer correct you lose your tile and go back a space. If they answer wrong and you are correct then you move forward three. If you are wrong and they are wrong they lose nothing but you still move back one and lose your 'Bezzerwizzzer tile'. If you are in the team asking the question, obviously you can't challenge so really the 'Bezzerwizzer' tiles are not needed.
If you get stuck on a category and fail at a couple of questions then you might choose to zap it and put it back in the bag and choose another category.
You choose four categories originally and put them in your chosen order on the board. Once any of the teams have answered all the questions on their board then ALL teams put their tiles back in the bag and choose four new categories. You also get your 'Bezzerwizzer' tile and zapper tile back so you keep your playing piece in the same place but the tiles and everything else starts again. You have four new categories and two new 'Bezzerwizzer' and your zapper back. So you can see it is worth risking a challenge as in a fairly short time you will probably get it back. It makes the game far more exciting and it is a pretty fast moving game already.
*Questions that are a good mixture of challenging and easier
* Twenty different categories from music to architecture and many others
*Ability to change a category id desired
* Can challenge other team and move extra places or go back if wrong
* Not stuck with same categories all game
*Can be played with any number of people from two to as many as you want in four teams
* Board doesn't take up a lot of room when not fully extended for four teams
* Quick to set up and put away
* Games do not go on and on, they are pretty quick and no one has to sit around waiting for their turn for ages
*Some editorial issues re the questions but they are not beyond understanding - words repeated or unnecessary
WHAT DID WE THINK?
We enjoyed the game and found the questions challenging enough to be annoying at times but not so hard as to be frustrating. There was a good variety of categories offering a chance for everyone to have a strength of knowledge so it didn't give an advantage to any one group or person. We liked the fact that it was a reasonably quick game and that everyone got their turn unlike in trivial pursuit where you can sit for ages if the other team is on a roll.
The game sells for under £20 (£18.99) on Amazon with free postage which is probably a fair price as we will play this again and again. The question cards have not all been used and on each card there is one question for every category so they can go round and round and you won't get the same question for ages I would imagine.
It comes in a good strong cardboard box with divisions in plastic for the various bits. If looked after I think we will have this is the same condition for a good few years.
I would recommend this game if you are a fan of 'Trivial Pursuit' as it is similar but a faster more general game and no one has to sit for ages waiting their turn. The board that you move around is smaller too so each game is quicker. I think the editorial issues come from the fact that the game was originally Danish and the questions have been translated so we can forgive them a few errors.
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Summary: A fun quiz board game