Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Beat The Parents Board Game Review

Beat the Parents Review
As a child I remember attempting to play Trivial Pursuit and coming away feeling like a complete dunce. If it wasn’t a question on history, it would be about some sporting event before I was born, or some political item from the news that meant nothing to me. Eventually I would get the children’s version, but then my parents didn’t know the questions. Beat the Parents is the board game that attempts to bridge this gap, by offering a separate set of questions for kids and adults in the same box.


It’s a good idea, and one that is similar in concept to the Battle of the Sexes board game series; that includes different questions for men and women. The game comes complete with a set of cards, and these cards have three questions for parents and three for adults.

Players are split depending on their age (or mental age if you’re a child at heart) ad they sit at opposing ends of the board. You then answer your type of question and move one space for every correct answer. If you get a question right you are given another question, with a chance of moving up to three spaces. If you get a question wrong the turn is over. This means it’s very possible to stage a comeback if the other players mess up and you get a good run of questions over a few goes. It keeps things interesting right until the end.

Beat the Parents Board

As you face opposite ends of the board, eventually you’ll need to pass the other team. If you land on the same space as them you can bump them back two spaces. This is quite dangerous, as they’re still in front of you, so can easily bump you on their next turn. Because of this it’s best to avoid other players, lest you end up in a constant battle of chicken, that no one will win. Chances are there’ll usually be one player whose goal is to bash others out of the way, but that’s the challenge you face.

In addition to questions, set spaces on the board trigger wild cards, that are also different for parents or kids. The actual actions on the cards are similar for both age groups, it’s the descriptions that vary with typical things kids do wrong (e.g you scratched Dad’s car) causing you to move back, and things kids do that get parental approval (e.g. you laugh at all your parent’s jokes) letting you move forward. The opposite is true for the parent wild cards.

The wild cards are a bit of a missed opportunity, as they only let you move forward or back. There’s no swapping places with other players, in fact no actions that affect other players in the slightest. You don’t get extra questions, or benefits for team mates, just the same type of responses on 64 cards. You may as well be spinning a dice, the responses are so similar. The only slight twist comes on wild cards of an opposing age group type, where you must then answer the opposite question type or go back a set number of spaces.

Beat the Parents

The questions are the main draw of the game, and they are fairly mixed. Some questions are oddly worded such as “what two jobs do your ears have” but for the most part the questions are aimed well at their target audience. The recommended minimum age is 8+ and the older you get above this point the easier the game will be. I found both sets of questions a good challenge, and it is possible to play the game as an adult using both question sets (we were all young once!).

Beat the Parents is named correctly as it’s still harder for children to win the game than adults, purely because of years of accumulated knowledge . There’s plenty of questions in there that kids will know and it’s the most accessible quiz game I’ve seen for children that isn’t overly patronising, but there’s no denying adults will have a far easier time with the majority of questions. For all those super competitive Dads out there your kids will beat you eventually, but Beat the Parents will help you feel smarter at least for a little while.

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