It is great being a family. I have the most fun when there is no television and everyone is just talking about what is going on in their lives, or, when we get involved in a lively debate; those are evenings I remember, and, always will remember.
Something that adds to our enjoyment as a family is a good game.
When our kids were young, we used to play “20 Questions” in an effort to kill time. Usually this happened when we were on a road trip or, while were waiting for food in a restaurant, or, while we were waiting in a doctor’s office. You know the game. You are given 20 questions to determine what I’m thinking about; be it person, place or thing. You can expand the game to include a “time” such as a particular year.
There is a game called “21st Century 20 Questions” which is made by University Games. It is really much better than just “making up” clues and playing “20 questions” off the top of your head.
What is fun about this game is that there are some pieces of information that are incredible and so much fun to learn.
Our game came in a great big blue metal box and sold for about $20. Depending where and when you buy the game, you probably can expect to pay anywhere from $20 to $25. The object of the game is to “…correctly identify well-known people, places, things and years through a series of clues”… The difference the game format makes, is that you are trying to be the first one to reach the finish line, as opposed to just solving the mystery.
A board is included with the game along with “player pieces” (question marks no less), and, “chips” along with the information cards. There are 315 cards with over 6000 clues.
This game is for people 12 and older which is perfect for a family who has kids that are getting older.
Play starts with the pieces being put on the board in the starting position. The youngest player starts by asking questions from a card after advising whether he or she is a person, place, thing or year. He or she starts with the person to their left; play continuing in a clockwise direction. The person whose turn it is says what number clue from the card they wish to get. They then put a chip on that number. For example, if I were to say I wanted clue number ten, I would put a chip on the number ten on the board, and, the person asking the questions or giving clues, would read whatever clue was next to the number ten.
Sometimes, when a player picks a number there may be a direction such as “lose a turn” or “move ahead three spaces”; do whatever it says. When the mystery is solved, the reader gets a point for each space covered, and, the person solving the puzzle gets a point for each space that hasn’t been covered. They move forward that number of spaces.
The first person landing on the finish line wins the game.
These questions are challenging and a lot of fun. There is nostalgia as well as some mystery.
Today, with television, DVDs and video games, it is difficult for a family to spend time together. University Games “21st Century 20 Questions” is a way to bring the family closer.