What It Is
Wise Alec is a family trivia game where players try to become the Wise Alec by being the first to reach a set point goal or be the player with the most points after a certain time period. On each turn, players roll the die to determine the number of squares they will have to move on the game board. If a player lands on a red, green, or yellow square, that player picks up a card from the corresponding deck: history, spelling, or science. Each card gives two question options: one for three points and a harder one for seven points. If a player lands on a blue square, he or she gets to pick the subject category. An orange square means that the player to your right gets to pick the subject category for you. If you answer correctly, you get double points. Landing on a Wise Alec square means you must pick up a Wise Alec card and follow the directions. Be prepared to say a tongue twister, answer a brainteaser, win or lose points, or do wacky things. The game comes with a game board, a rule sheet, a die, three decks of trivia cards, one deck of Wise Alec cards, and six pawns. Wise Alec is for two to six players.
Why It’s Fun
Often educational games are heavy on the education and lacking in the fun. But Wise Alec is actually a lot more fun than we originally thought it would be once we started playing. That's the kind of surprise we like. Within the context of educational categories, the game uses fun trivia questions that both kids and adults will have fun answering. The Wise Alec cards add silliness to the gameplay that will appeal to kids.
Who It’s For
Wise Alec is for ages 8 and up. We think that older kids who are 9 and 10 will be better able to answer these questions. It's also a lot of fun to play with a parent.
What to Be Aware of
There are several Wise Alec expansion packs available: Nature Nuts Travel Game & Expansion Set, Sports Buff Travel Game & Expansion Set, and Civilize This! Travel Game & Expansion Set. Each is sold separately and retails for about $14.95.
Wise Alec and the expansion sets are sold in specialty toy stores and online at Amazon.com, TheGameShop.com, and other online specialty toy and game stores.