Without A Doubt - Trivia Game Review
Without A Doubt
WBG Score: 8/10
Player Count: 2-6
You’ll like this if you like: Any Travia Based Quiz Game.
Published by: Shot in the Dark
Designed by: Grant Sanderson, Jordanna Sanderson
Picture the scene. You are with your family at a big seasonal festive party. You know. JimMas or the such. One person is loving the quiz-based game you are playing. Taking all the cubes, wedges, pizza slices or whatever you call them for themselves and loving all the questions. Even those pesky yellow ones. Who knows about science anyway? I learnt how to turn on the Bunsen Burner without my teacher noticing in my school Physics class. (Although I still just had to google how to spell 'bunsen').
Anyway, you get the picture, right? Most people are not digging the situation. You either know the question or you don’t. And let’s be honest, where is the fun in that? How good is your memory? How good are you at trivia? Is that really a good game for all the family at JimMas?
The team at Shot In Dark certainly feel the same. They have a 'smarty pants' dad apparently too, and so decided to create a series of games to combat this. Simply put. A trivia-based game, with answers know one will defiantly know the answer too, but where everyone will have a good time at trying to answer.
This started with the seminal Shot in the Dark game from 2019, a Christmas edition (whatever that is) and now, their next major release, Without A Doubt. A trivia-based question game with a very simple addition. Everyone is given a 'Without A Doubt' card to play whenever they are a little more sure about the answer. This will then double their point return if they are right.
There are hundreds of questions in this deck of cards. Each one with a clear and simple structure for reading the questions or answers. As such, any player from 8 and up could play this. The questions are accessible enough for anyone to have a guess, and the format of the cards is easy enough for most eight-year-olds to read them out.
Let me give you a flavour, if you will excuse the soon to be revealed, terrible pun.
What is the best-selling flavour of crips in the UK, Walkers Cheese and Onion or Walkers Ready Salted?
No mater your age, your country of residence, or your academic level, everyone can have a guess at that and have as good a chance as any to get the right answer.
By the way, if you want to know the answer, you will have to buy the game (or just google it) But the answer may surprise you. Not in the flavour, but the quantity. Its only 1.3 million bags a year, which works out to be 3,561 per day. Which divided by the 60 odd million of us here in the UK, is only 0.00005 bags each a day. Which is clearly nonsense! Right?! (I’m on my third bag of the day so far myself…)
Just to show you, this wasn’t a hand selected question to make this game seem different to what it is, I will now draw a random card, and pick a random question to share with you. Here we go…
OK, that one was hard, let me try again…
What is heavier: an average caravan or an average African elephant? The answer is a 7:1 ratio by the way. Should be easy right? But are you confident enough to play your Without a Doubt card?
So, that’s the vibe of this game. With these cards, you can play how you like. In teams. In groups. With points, or without. Perhaps the most point within a time limit? Maybe over dinner, or drinks? Perhaps you would enjoy this over the course of a walk, holiday, or during another game? There is so much scope as to how you can use these cards. And no matter how you do decide to play, I would hope everyone feels involved. Everyone would think they have as good a chance as everyone else playing. There are a lot of multiple choice, 50/50, or just totally random questions, it is hard to swot up for a game of this. Happy JimMas everyone.
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