Review of "Ben 10 Alien Force Guessing Game"

published 14/04/2011 | llbcollins
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Pro You don't have to be a Ben 10 alien force fan to play this
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"Can you guess the Ben Ten character in four gos?"

I loved playing the old style 'Guess Who' with my children, and when my son an avid Ben 10 fan aged five wanted the Ben 10 Alien Force Guessing Game for Christmas, my wife and I immediately went out and got this game. I believe we got it from either Toys R Us or Argos, it can be found in most good childrens department stores and it retails for £19.99 new on Play.com.

If you don't know how 'Guess Who' is played, here is a brief description.

Each player has a board of approximately 28 matching character cards, the cards are on a hinge, and each hinge is flipped up at the beginning of the game so that the characters on the cards face each player.

In traditional 'Guess Who' player 1 and player 2 would begin the game with the characters on their board facing them, some characters would be men, some would be women, some would wear glasses, others would wear hats, some would have brown eyes and others would have blue eyes, colors of clothing could be different or the same on characters.

Each player would begin the game by choosing a character card from a separate deck of cards, without showing the other player what it is.

The players then take it in turns to ask each other questions about the character the other player is holding. The questions have to be fairly simple questions where a simple yes or no answer can be given.

For example you can ask is it a man, rather than saying is your character a man or a woman. The other player has to say YES or NO, Depending on their response, you, can then eliminate all the men or woman character cards on your board who do not comply with the response, by flicking those card hinges to make them go face down. As the game goes on and the characters become fewer, you have to use more specific questioning to try and find out the hidden character, e.g. is your character wearing a yellow jumper? By process of deduction you will soon be able to establish what the character is hidden in the other players hand, as the remaining characters on your board go facedown with each question.

The winner is the first person to guess ther other persons character correctly.

The brilliant thing about the Ben 10 alien force guess who, to find out the other players hidden character, you can think up a totally different line of questioning than you would use in normal guess who, or just apply some of the broad commonsense questions, that you would use in normal guess who to find out characters quickly. I dare anyone playing this game to find out in four questions or less, what the character is that the other player is holding.

You don't have to be a Ben 10 alien force fan to play this, as an adult with no clue of the character names, when playing my son, I can get away with questions such as asking,

1. Is it an Alien? (eliminate all alien / human cards)
2. If human (you can ask is it a man or woman)
3. Ask a question about hair colour
4. Ask a question about eye colour

Or

1. Is it an Alien? (eliminate all alien / human cards)
2. If Alien (you can ask does it have blue skin)
3. Ask is the Alien's mouth open?
4. Does the alien have a pointy head

I am still not sure if I can get a better set of questions together to discover the character in less than four or five goes, give this game a try with your children or grandchildren and see what you can come up with.

As you can tell, it doesn't have to be a long drawn out game, it can be fun, especially playing with childrens favourite tv episode characters, and it teaches children good reasoning skills.


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  • catsholiday published 14/04/2011
    Great version of the old game
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Product Information : Ben 10 Alien Force Guessing Game

Manufacturer's product description

Game, Board Game

Product Details

MPN: 700307

EAN: 8421134700215

Type: Game, Board Game

Character: Ben 10

Manufacturer: IMC Toys

Long Name: Ben 10 Guessing Game

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