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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If there is one thing that I love it is a good old fashioned board game and am always on the look out for something to usurp Trivial Pursuit as my current king of board games. When I stumbled upon Bezzerwizzer on Amazon for £11 I thought this may be a contender.
Bezzerwizzer is essentially a first to the finish type game in which you are rewarded for your strategy and knowledge of everything from Architecture to Sport.
* Split into teams - 4 in total
* Each team picks a coloured counter and the corresponding coloured Baezzerwisser and Zwap tiles.
* Each team then picks randomly picks 4 catagory tiles and places them in order of preference on their tile board.
* Each space on the tile board is attributed points from 1-4 - the idea is to place the categories you are most confident in in te highest scoring spaces.
* You take turns to answer questions beginning with the lowest scoring tile - you receive the corresponding points for each correct answer and move around the board accordingly.
* After each round of tiles they are put back into the bag and each team picks again.
* Bezzerwizzer tiles - you can play a Bezzerwizzer tile to steal your opponents points by answering their questions. More points are attributed for playing a Bezerwizzer tile before the question is asked.
* Zwap tiles can also be played at anytime. These tiles mean you can swap catagories with other layers or rearrange the point order.
* The winners are the first team to reach the finish line.
When I first played this game I found the rules a bit confusing and took a while to get the hang of it.The scoring and use of the Bezzerwizzer tiles seemed convoluted but it is worth taking the time to get familiar with it as it adds a great aspect to what could have been a run of the mill question and answer game. There are 13 question categories which mean there is a wide variety of questions and you are sure to find a specialist sunject amongst them. I personally found the questions much more challenging than Trivial Pursuit and would say that the game is targeted more towards adults.
The first time I played it was just against my boyfriend so we could not completely appreciate the strategy aspect of the game. Although I did enjoy stealing his points every now and again. It was also good to lumber him with some of the harder categories. I subsequently played with 4 teams and I have to say this is a much better way to play the game. There is a much better opportunity for scoring extra points and Bezzerwizzer and Zwap tokens can be used much more effectively. There is also a better opportunity to send players backwards meaning that even if you are not doing very well you can prevent your opponents from reaching the finish line.
This is a great game that it is worth trawling through the rules to play.
Bezzerwizzer is a new board game for adults made by the Mattel Company. The name of the game means 'Know it all' in Danish and refers to the trivia aspect of the game play.
~About the game ~
Bezzerwizzer contains a board game around which players or teams move their game pieces from start to finish. There are four coloured player pieces (red, blue, green and yellow) and each player/team retains a tile board of the same colour. There are also 5000 questions split over twenty different categories. The game also contains a bag full of black tiles which have a white picture printed on them which represent the different categories of questions. The categories are:
Architecture, Art and Stage, Business World, Communities, Design, Film, Food and Drink, Geography, History, Humans, Language, Literature, Music, Nature, Politics, Science, Sports, Technology, Traditions and Beliefs and TV and Radio.
There are also bezzerwizzer tiles - these are coloured and marked with the letter 'b'. There are also 'zwap tiles' - these are also coloured tiles and marked with the letter 'z'.
~How To Play~
The game can be played by up to four players or teams. Each team selects a coloured playing piece and takes a tile board of the corresponding colour. Each team also takes two bezzerwizzer tiles and one zwap tile and places these on their tile board on the left hand side.
The category tiles are placed in the bag and each team choose four tiles each. The teams look at the category tiles they have chosen and decide which category they might succeed in or fail in. Tiles are then placed in the four squares on the tile board. The squares have dots above them which correspond to the number of points you will win for answering the question correctly. So, the tile for the category you are most confident about, for example, will be placed on the fourth square which has four dots above it, therefore four points available.
Teams/players take turns to ask each other the questions according to the tiles on one another's boards. You begin by asking the question for the tile that will win you one point.
The game is played in rounds - with four questions in each round per team/player. When a question has been asked and answered the category tile is turned over.
More points can be won in the game by playing a bezzerwizzer tile. Teams/players can play these tiles either before the question of an opposing team is read or after the question is read. The point of this is you must answer the question yourself based on your confidence about the category or the question. If you bezzerwizzer before the question and your opponent does not know the anser and you get it right you get three points. Answering correctly after the question is read earns you one point.
Zwap tiles can be used once per round to swap a category tile with another team/player. This means you can steal the best category from your oponent!
Each point earned allows your playing piece to advance around the board in a clockwise direction. The first team/player to reach 'Finish' wins.
~My Experience of The Game~
I have recently got this game and have played it as a single player against another single player. I found the rules quite difficult to understand initially and we made many errors during the first game. The allocation of and when to play the bezzerwizzer tiles was a complicated issue as was the amount of points awarded for each method of play. However, once we fully understood how the game could be played it moved along effortlessly.
The questions are sometimes very difficult and othertimes are fairly simple but this is definately a game for adults only. A lot of the questions allude to moments in history and even a clever teenager could struggle to know the answers. I might even say that the questions are a little high brow.
I think this game would be even more exciting played by many teams as the tension would be greater and there would be much more competition, which is the point of the game.
It is definately a game which allows you to somewhat eliminate the aspect of luck when getting a question in a particular category. Unlike similar board games such as Trivial Pursuit - where a roll of the dice decides which category you have to answer, in Bezzerwizzer you can steal categories and choose how many points you will earn! This is very satisfying.
It takes around 40 minutes to one hour to play but winning depends on how well you can answer the questions and gain points which will advance your piece!
The game is entertaining, sustains interest throughout and is a new and different format of the typical trivia based board games.
~Where to Buy~
It is available to buy at Hamleys, priced at £33 and also at WH Smith, Amazon, Toymaster and Firebox.com.
You can read more about the game at the website:
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!