Ages: 10 and upManufacturer: Gamewright


On a scale of “meh” to “WHO-ZAH!,” how well can you work together to figure out the mystery character? In the collaborative game Whozit? one player acts as Clue Giver to set out six characters and rate two clues on a sliding scale between “definitely” and “definitely not.” All the other players have to decide which character cards to eliminate, one at a time, until only one is left.

Character cards are double-sided, so the Clue Giver can choose between specific people (Mother Teresa, Darth Vader, Pablo Picasso, etc.) or general occupations or individuals (soldier, dentist, the person to the clue giver’s right, etc.). There is plenty of leeway to flip or discard cards that refer to people that not everyone may know, so even younger players can have a chance to contribute. The clues are also double-sided; the Clue Giver can choose either side of the two cards they draw, but sometimes all of the clues are tricky to work with given the set of characters: “Talks during movies” (Mother Teresa? Probably not), “Would be difficult to kidnap” (Pablo Picasso, definitely, because he’s already dead). It’s surprisingly difficult to narrow down the last two or three suspects in most cases, leading to some very nuanced discussions of what the clues really indicate. Each Clue Giver will need to practice a poker face to keep from giving too much away.

Whozit? is easy to learn, and gets silly (in a good way) in no time at all.

Emily Crawford ©2019 Parents’ Choice

Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master’s in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia. .

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