Here I will review the Beat The Parents board game by Spin Master. This was a game that my family received for Christmas from my brother. The game it self pits kids versus parents in a trivia challenge.
Beat The Parents – By Spin Master
- Ages – 6+
- Players – 2+
- Play Time – Medium, 30-60 minutes
- Piece Movement
- Team Play
How To Play
This game is kids versus parents in a mad dash of trivia. It is designed for the parents to answer questions about kid’s stuff, while the kids have to answer things the parents should know. All the while you are trying to be the first to move your pieces across the board to win.
Each team starts at one end of the board and must race across to the other side. In order to move a piece you have to answer a trivia question correctly. If you do, you get to move a space and are asked a second question. That can repeat for a third time as well. You can only move one piece per turn though, you cannot split the movement between the two.
While crossing the board though, there are certain dangers to watch out for. The first is that if an opponent piece lands on your’s, they get to knock you back two spaces! The second danger is ending your turn on an opponent’s Wild space. There you have to draw a card and suffer the consequences.
Speaking of the Wild spaces, they are interesting spots on the board. Each team has spaces that goes the whole way across one row of the board. Landing on your own gives you a beneficial move. However as stated above, there are negative movement effects for ending your turn on your opponent’s.
My wife and I are not huge trivia game fans, but I will say that we ended up having a lot of fun playing with the kids. With having three kids over a wider range of years we were actually pretty well versed for the questions we had to answer. The questions for the kids also seemed appropriate.
One value that this game can really help with is teamwork. It was quite fun to watch the kids discuss what they thought was the right answer and why the team should take one over the other. I chuckled a few times as the negotiating skills of my youngest, Alex, outdid his sister, Ashley, and convinced her to go with his answers.
Other good teaching points included understanding the strategy behind moving your pieces and the knowledge gained. Between the Wild spaces and your opponents, you had to be careful where you moved next. The game also helps your kids to learn some valuable facts along the way.
The biggest challenge with this game for me personally was the length of play. Our first game was taking so long that we had to take our second pieces out of play. Then in games after they went a lot quicker and we went from one piece to two! What it boiled down to, is how aggressive you were with knocking your opponent’s backwards. If you really focus on that it can draw a game out to longer lengths.
The other challenge of the game is the replay-ability of it. There are only so many question cards and if a game drags on you will go through a lot of them. Then when you play again, you will see a lot of repeat questions popping up.
While I don’t think that this is a great game, I do think it is a good game to have in a collection. I think it gets a boost in the fun levels since it is kids versus parents. As I stated earlier, we have had a lot of fun each time we played.
Taking into consideration the replay-ability, it is a game that can be played every now and again. If you play it too frequently, you will cycle through the question cards too fast and the trivia will be too easy. With a sufficient pause between games though, there will be enough “forgetfulness” to make the game fun and challenging again. Spin Master now has a Disney Version of the game!
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James W D