A little known classic board game that’s fun for the whole family is WHOSIT? by Parker Brothers. Released in 1976, WHOSIT? is a game where players begin by randomly taking one of 20 Character cards, keep it hidden from other players’ eyes, and then try to guess who has which card based upon the questions they draw from the Question Card deck. Players answer YES or NO depending on the question, such as, “Are you holding something?”, “Do you have glasses?”, “Are you male?”, or “Do you smoke?“ Lucky players can draw a “Ask ANY Question” card, which contains all the questions in the deck on one card.
The characteristics vary from card to card, such as the Genius (White / Male / Child / Glasses / Tie / Gold Room), the Vampire (White / Female / Adult / Blue Room), or the Hero (Black / Male / Adult / Moustache / Smoking / Jewellery / Gold Room). Players pick up Question cards that give them the opportunity to see who has what feature. But it’s not as easy as you might think, because there are a few curveballs thrown in. Some characters may not answer truthfully, no matter what the question is, such as the Spy (Always LIES / Oriental / Female / Holding Cigarette / Adult / Hat / Smoking / Glasses / Red Room), the Censor (Always Says NO), or the Director (Says YES or NO / White / Male / Adult / Moustache / Gold Room / Scarf / Holding Riding Crop).
The game board helps in identifying players as it shows each of the characters as they are shown on their Character Cards. This is darn right necessary when you start trying to remember all the different answers to match up who might be whom. There are no player tokens or dice; the game board is provided just for a place to store the Question cards and as a visual reference.
Once a player is ready to make a guess on the identities of all their opponents, a special box, divided in two (one side for YES and one side for NO), is handed around the room. If their character card has been identified, then they put their chip into the YES side, if not, into the NO side. If all the chips are on the YES side when the box is opened, the game is over.
This is a fun family game that can be played in less than an hour. There is nothing risqué about the characters or the questions, so even the younger members of the household can play (though they will need to be able to read their Character card). Although as little as two and as many as six players can play WHOSIT?, more players make for a more challenging game. WHOSIT? is yet another wonderful Parker Brothers classic game. Highly recommended!