Friday, September 02, 2011

His and Hers Board Game Review

His and Hers takes the classic format of man vs woman in to a group based board game. There’s questions to be answered to progress on gender specific cards depending on the space you land on.

So you could be answering both ‘manly’ and ‘feminine’ questions regardless of gender. But in these days of metrosexual men and empowered women, does that format work anymore?

Historically my trials with man vs woman games haven’t gone so great. I’ve previously tried battle of the sexes, which seemed to give my wife questions she could answer easily, and gave me ‘real man’ questions that were way out of my knowledge (Name this car part / what is this rugby move called / Name this DIY tool etc). I’ve never cared for most sports and am rubbish at DIY, so I was quite lost.

Thankfully His and Hers is made by the same team as the Logo game and Best of British (which I named “one of the best new board games in the last five years”) so it’s from a team who already know how to ask good questions. That definitely helps, and we found the questions could be answered most of the time – but not so much that the game lacked challenge. 

Battle of the sexes also has a rather odd grid based board which I never really got to grips with. His and Hers on the other hand has a circular board with two paths – one for the male team and another for the female. There’s no dice, so progress is determined by which colour question you answer. Get a question right and you move to that colour on the board. It’s a great system as it means players can jump past each other. With the colours randomly spread across the board a player who answers less questions can win, and that adds some fun to playing.

There’s a mixture of normal questions and others with picture clues. Both offer a good variety of topics, and there’s 400 cards with four questions each. That’s a lot of value and tons of potential for future playthroughs without repetition. Questions cover everything from bras to flowers, formula one to bald spots. There’s a few outdated questions (such as naming the X Factor judges) but that’s always a risk with printed questions.

Overall the questions suit a variety of ages, with most of the questions public knowledge. Even a card on the A-Team can be answered by the younger generation thanks to the newer film version. It’s not a ridiculously hard set of questions – certainly not at Trivial Pursuit levels – so you don’t have to be a brainbox or a pub quiz champion to win.

The game ends when a player reaches the center of the board, and answers two questions right in a row. If you get the right topic this isn’t too hard, especially with a group of players so there’s a lot more fun to be had in the chase up to this point than in the final round. Either way it’s a fun game to play throughout.

Over £30 is the higher end of the quiz game market, but really you’re paying for the quality and breadth of questions on offer – which is an area His and Hers doesn’t disappoint on. It’s a simple game idea, that takes the “gender vs gender” model of other quiz games and makes it fun, and more importantly makes it relevant in today’s world of blurring gender boundaries. You don’t have to be a “man’s man” to win, or a ”girly girl” either, anyone can play, and that’s the victory of His and Hers.

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