We love playing board games, especially ones based around trivia, in our house but trying to find one that is suitable for the kids to play with or against the adults is quite tricky. Games suitable for kids either have questions on kids topics and YouTubers that the adults know very little about or the questions are just far too easy for the adults. Games suitable for adults, well let’s face it, unless the kids are geniuses, they really don’t have much chance against an adult with a standard level of general knowledge. Cheatwell Games have the perfect family quiz game that is suitable for adults and children alike, without the questions being more in favour of one group over the over – this game is Family Quiz Night.
Family Quiz Night is an all-inclusive trivia board game for 2 or more players age 8+. It can be played as individual players or in teams of kids versus adults or even a mixture. Why is it suited to adults and children and gives them an equal chance of winning? Well, it has two sets of questions – one for adults and one for children. The kids can answer questions on current pop music, television shows and their favourite YouTubers whilst the adults get a good variety of general knowledge questions.
To make the quiz much more inclusive for younger children, teens and adults, the kids are asked the children’s question with multiple choice options for the answer, older children and teens have the same question but without the multiple choice options, and adults will get a completely different and more challenging question (without multiple choice options). This makes it a quiz game that the whole family can join in and play together on a level playing field. An excellent way to ensure that different age groups get the same enjoyment.
As it is a board game, the idea is to answer questions on various topics correctly to move your playing counter around the board from the start to finish lines. The first to the finish wins.
- 8 Decks of Questions Cards
- Playing Board
- 6 Playing Counters
As with any board game, there is some setting up to do before you can start playing. With Family Quiz Night this is quite minimal. You just need to place the game board (it is quite small at 10×10 inches) in the centre of table so that all players can see it easily and are able to reach their playing piece. Space on the game board has been maximised to get as many question spaces on the board as possible by working from the outside in, towards the centre finish line. Each player selects a coloured playing piece and places it on the start square. The question cards have eight categories, and each deck of category question cards need to be shuffled and placed in their own card compartment in the box with the category names facing forward. That’s all that is required to set the game up, you are now ready to start playing – all you have to do is decide how to play: as individual players, kids vs adults or in mixed teams of adult/child.
As mentioned, there are eight topics of questions:
- Science & Nature
- Pot Luck
All players should have already picked their coloured playing piece and placed in on the start square. As with a lot of board games, the youngest player gets to start the game. Players roll the die (this die only has the numbers 1, 2, and 3 on it) and move their playing piece accordingly that number of spaces on the board, each space has a different topic. That player is then asked a question on that topic (by the player to their left) – if answered correctly, that player rolls the die again and moves their playing piece forward the required number of spaces and that category space will be the question category for their next turn. If answered incorrectly, that player leaves their playing piece where it is and has to answer a question from that same category on their next turn. Play continues with the player on the left and so on. The first player or team to make their way around the board to the finish square is the winner.
Each question card has a child question and adult question. The children’s questions have multiple choice answers – the younger children are read the question and given the multiple choice options, older children and teens are read the question and NOT given the multiple choice options. The adult questions DO NOT have multiple choice options.
Overall, we love Family Quiz Night. With a 10 year old, 13 year old and two adults playing we think that the different question and answering options work extremely well for everybody so that the game isn’t too easy or too hard. As a trivia/quiz game for the whole family to play together, it really works. The youngest players don’t feel left out by having to answer questions beyond their years, and older players are not left answering questions that are too easy or on subjects that they know absolutely nothing about or even could even have an educated guess, it actually gives everybody an equal chance of winning (in our first game, the teenager was victorious).
The question categories cover a nice range of topics (with geography seemingly the downfall of every player in our house) but we think that the questions are pitched at the correct level for kids, teens and adults.
We loved that inside the box is split into compartments to house the category question cards. With eight decks of questions cards to use, having them spread out on the table could get quite messy. It’s little touches like this that do make games more enjoyable.
Family Quiz Night is a fun family trivia game that really is all-inclusive. The graded questions are perfect for all age groups. Game play is approx. 1 hour for 4 players (at least for us anyway as we like to talk as well as play) and we think that this is perfect for game night, long enough to hold the attention of the kids but not too that it becomes boring.
As a family, we all enjoyed playing Family Quiz Night, the kids loved being able to join in and answer questions (and being able to beat the adults) and us adults enjoyed it as we could play a more “grown-up” game but with the kids joining in and not having to be on a team with an adult answering most of the question. The kids both keep asking to play it (including the grumpy teenager who likes to pretend she has no interest in anything), so it gets their seal of approval meaning that it can’t be a bad game.
An excellent fun and entertaining quiz game that families can enjoy together. A versatile game that takes into account ages and knowledge levels and adjusts accordingly. There are 1200 questions with the game so it should have lots of game play, which pleases us as we love it.