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Zero is a new board game from University Games, which asks players to search their minds for the “least popular” answers. The game makers surveyed over 450 people to find the answers questions, and the object of the game is to pick the least popular correct answer. This is actually pretty tricky, because you have to pick an answer which is correct, but not popular. This is one of the best games my family has played lately, and it caused lots of laughs as we played.
The game play is pretty simple. The board is a spiral, in which you move from the center out to the edge. The number of spaces you move is based on how many people match your answer, and last player left on the board is the winner. There are a few twists, since once each game you can chose to move backwards, or copy another player’s answer. This adds a little strategy, but mostly who wins depends on how good you are with the questions.
A typical question is “Name a country that starts with the letter U”. Every player has to come up with a different answer, and sometimes we were unable to come up with five different answers to some of the questions. The answers are surprising, for example we did not expect “Uganda” to be answered more often than “United States”, but it was. It is challenge to go beyond the obvious and wrack your brain for obscure answers that aren’t too obscure. If you pick something that isn’t on the card at all you move the maximum 10 spaces, so you have to make sure your answer is correct and not too unlikely. For example we had a question which asked us to name a part of the respiratory system, and my daughter the Biology major said alveoli. Well they are a part of the respiratory system, but they weren’t on the card, so in that case knowing too much hurt her.
We enjoyed this game so much we played it twice in a row and let our children stay up way too late on a school night because we lost track of time! It took us about 45 minutes to play. The game is recommended for ages 12+, which is about right. There were some questions we had to skip because the kids had no clue, like when they were asked to name Elvis Presley movies. They didn’t even know Elvis Presley made movies, so we skipped that and picked the next card. But there were plenty of questions that they were able to answer better than us too.
If you are looking for a new game for Christmas this is a great choice. You can check out their website at http://www.zerothegame.com and try some questions out online for yourself and watch their webisode series. Zero is also available at major retailers, like Amazon.com.
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