All right, let me preface this by saying that this post was originally intended to be in video form. As you can see, that didn’t work out so well, but it’s okay, I don’t mind wasting 4 hours on a video that fails to publish. No worries.
My cousin Brandon requested that I review the newest version of Hasbro’s “Guess Who?” This confused me at first because who honestly hasn’t played it before? Why would I do a review of a timeless board game? How could the new version be that different?
Great Caesar’s ghost, I was wrong! Soooooo wrong!
This isn’t even the same game. The rules of the original still apply, but the dynamics have changed. Instead of guessing PEOPLE, you guess OBJECTS. Kind of takes away from the name of the game doesn’t it? A slice of pizza isn’t exactly a “who.” Way to teach the kids proper pronoun usage, guys. Bravo.
Before I tear this game to pieces, let’s focus on the positives.
There are four different categories to choose from: pets, food, sea creatures, and modes of transportation.
These cards are inserted into the “housing unit” or the plastic doohickey with the semi-secretive doors.
With only 15 choices to pick from, you can play a game in about 3 minutes if you go slowly. Your choices are eliminated quickly by asking questions like “Are you a vegetable?” “Yes.” Boom. All other foods are off the board. Personally I don’t see this as an advantage, but for children with short attention spans, this may be a more suitable board game option. However, keep in mind that quick gameplay sacrifices the sacred element of FUN.
Okay, forget the positives. It’s ranting time. This is Guess WHO. Am I crazy to expect a game that involves guessing a PERSON’S identity? It can most certainly be argued that kids may be more likely to ask discriminatory questions based on skin color, gender, etc. Seriously people, stop being so sensitive.
“Is your person old?” Disrespectful to elders.
“Is your person a woman/man?” Sexist.
“Is your person black/white?” Racist.
Hold the phone. This game is about using adjectives to describe people. ADJECTIVES. If an adjective offends you, call Merriam-Webster and have them remove it from the dictionary. Let me know how that turns out. How are we supposed to describe people?
There may be other reasons for changing this game so drastically. I’m just calling it like I see it. And all I can see is a crappy game that put me out $14.99.