I received Guess Who? Board Game in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
The year was 1982, I was thirteen and we had just moved from suburbia Utah to the rural Appalachian Mountains. Our prized possession, our collection of board games. My parents invited a family who lived over the mountain from us over for dinner. They had a daughter a year older than I was and we invited her to play a game. She agreed.
I vividly remember standing on the shelf in my closet, reading through the extensive titles of board games we had accumulated. Among them Guess Who?, created by Ora and Theo Coster and manufactured by Milton Bradley. The girl, when I was done reading, announced she didn’t have a preference; she hadn’t heard of any of the games. My siblings and I stood there, jaws agape, looking at each other with confusion.
Each time my children request board games, this memory comes forward. I listen to them call the game titles out to one another to determine what game they will play together. Today, that game is Guess Who?
They love this game. The mystery of guessing the person on their opponent’s gameboard by asking questions, and process of elimination has them problem solving and refining their observation skills.
Each player gets a rack of face cards that depict men and women–some with hair–long and short–and some without hair. There are cards with glasses and some without.
I listen to their questions, “Does the person wear a hat?”. “Is the person a ginger?” . Once the question is asked and answered, “no”, all the cards with people wearing a hat or a “ginger” are placed face down, meaning they are out of play.
The game is a two player game. Each round is different as yes or no questions are used to isolate a hidden character. The first player to guess the other player’s hidden character wins the game!
This is one of my kiddos’ favorite board games. It can be a short game, while they wait for the rain to stop, or played for multiple rounds, making the fun continue.
I enjoy listening to my children play Guess Who? and know they are having fun while developing social and problem solving skills.