Two plastic game trays are lined with plastic flaps that hold images of faces. A deck of cards has faces that match the ones on the trays.
Instructions are included.
Players each flip their trays ‘open’ (making sure all the flaps are up, showing the faces) and positioned so that their opponent cannot see those flaps. Drawing a face card from the deck, each player now takes turns asking a question regarding a single attribute that may apply to their opponent’s face card, such as “Does your person have white hair?”
Going back and forth in this manner, players flip down the flaps that have a face that cannot match their opponent’s card. The first player to correctly name their opponent’s card wins.
Allowing children a way to practice observing visual differences between objects, this game also serves as practice for forming relevant questions. As children develop these skills, they are able to create more strategic questions, letting them more quickly solve the correct identity of their opponent’s card.
Social interaction is also encouraged by this game, as children learn not just what to ask questions about, but how to form questions that the listener will understand.
The manufacturer recommends this game for ages 5 – 15, but we think younger children will enjoy it more than teenagers. We do not feel that the game is challenging enough to really occupy the attention of a teen, unless they are playing with a younger child for the purpose of just spending time together.
Many readers may look on this childhood game with nostalgia and fondness. Unfortunately, we hear many complaints about quality. The plastic is very thin, causing the tray flaps to pop off or break entirely. Some users have reported issues in the printing of the face cards, such as faded out colors. This results in the same person looking like they have brown hair when the other player’s card shows them with black hair, which can easily result in one child thinking the other is cheating.
We also wanted to report that a number of users are disappointed in how this version of the game lacks any real diversity among the faces. There are no clearly non-white faces to be seen, and the ratio of women to men is also instantly apparent. Only five of the twenty-four faces are women, leaving nineteen as men. This means that if a player draws a woman as their mystery person, their opponent’s question of “Is your person a woman?” will dramatically skew the game in the opponent’s favor.
For those who wish to purchase this game but are upset with the faces Hasbro chose, there are versions that use objects rather than people’s faces. It uses four sheets of objects: Sea Creatures, Food Items, Pets, and Vehicles. We have not yet reviewed this toy.
Guess Who? Non-People Version
- Cards are made of paper, so avoid any liquid spills
To clean the plastic tray, remove paper face cards, then wipe down with damp cloth
Parts and Pieces
Not applicable. All necessary parts are required.
The cheap quality of this game is frustrating. It is clear that Hasbro has cut corners with product quality in order to save themselves some money, which is both disappointing and a little insulting.