We recently bought the Family Fortunes board game for our son’s 9th birthday. I had always loved watching the popular TV show so was rather pleased when he said how much he had enjoyed playing it at a friend’s house!
So what did we think of it? Read our review to find out!
The manufacturer’s recommendation is for ages 8 and above – I would say that slightly younger children could play it. Our youngest son is 7 and he was fine with it, although he did panic slightly with the 45 second Big Money round at the end – we decided to give him 60 seconds to answer them.
Unlike some other games, Family Fortunes is really simple to play. If you are familiar with the TV show, the rules are the same. You split in to 2 teams ‘families’ and choose someone to be a host. Our 9 year old particularly enjoyed the role of host, and it is a great way for them to practise their math skills when they have to add the scores up at the end! There are 3 parts to the game – the first 3 rounds are normal rounds where one player from each team begins by trying to be the quickest to press the buzzer with an answer when the host asks the first question. The winning family will then go on to play the round or pass it to the opposing side. As is with the TV show, the family must get all the answers without getting 3 crosses (the host will buzz you from the sound unit – just like on the TV!) If they do not succeed, the other family have the opportunity to steal the points if they can come up with an answer. The next 2 rounds are the same format except the points are doubled. Bonus points can be earned and are indicated on the hosts question and answer card. The final round is the Big Money round where 2 members from each team have to answer 5 questions in 45 seconds and then 60 seconds. The winning family are the side who either get all five top answers in the Big Money round or if neither side manage this, the team with the highest total overall score.
For full instructions please refer to those that come with the game or read them online here >>
What We Liked
- How easy the game is to just open up and play. No need for complicated rules or lengthy setting up procedures.
- The fun factor – we have come out with some really funny answers, it is amazing what a bit of pressure will do to you!
- Batteries are included
- The wipe clean board so we can play over and over again
- Educational value – you need to be a quick thinker if you are playing and the host gets to practise spelling and maths
What We Didn’t Like
- Some of the answers which you think should be on there are not. But, you have to remember that these are survey results from the general public and this part of it does sometimes make it funnier!
We would absolutely recommend this game for all the family and age ranges. It definitely has the fun factor and doesn’t have to be a really long game (you can cut down on some of the rounds). It is easy to play and there are 150 question cards meaning you can play many times over.