At a Glance: Bezzerwizzer puts a fresh spin on the trivia genre.
Bezzerwizzer is a trivia game for 2-4 players or teams where players rank the categories based on their level of confidence. Each round, players pull 4 category tiles out of the bag and place them on their 4 spots, worth from 1 to 4 points. Therefore, the categories that players feel most strongly about can score more. Players move around the board as they answer correctly, and the first to make it to the last space, wins.
Each large card has 20 questions in 20 different categories, which I think is awesome. Each player/team is provided with a few tokens to spice up the gameplay as well: the “zwap” token lets you swap any 2 category tokens on the board, and the “bezzer” tokens let you steal some extra points on other players’ questions. They are a fine addition, though they don’t really affect my estimation of the game in either direction, really.
Yes, there are a couple of catch-up mechanisms, and this may not be a “pure” trivia game in the sense of, say, Trivial Pursuit. However, if the point is to see who is objectively the most knowledgeable person, that can become not-so-much-fun after a while. Instead, Bezzerwizzer does give everyone a chance, whether you like it or not. The questions are well-written, the components are well-made, and it comes together for a good time!
Unfortunately, the game is out of print right now, so it is pricier: https://amzn.to/2QP67Hb
CATCH-UP MECHANISM – Rules or player abilities designed into the game to help keep the game close and prevent runaway victories