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Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 15
  2. Negative: 4 out of 15
  1. A genius quiz-show game that ranks right up there with classics like "You Don't Know Jack." [Apr 2008, p.68]
  2. One of the best family games out there. [June 2008, p.78]
  3. Put this one squarely in the party game camp, but it’s a welcome spin on the quiz genre.
  4. If the answer to "who considers themselves up for a quiz?" is you, check this out. [Issue#34, p.116]
  5. It's actually a pretty fun experience...IF you’re playing with a small group of close friends. Outside of this specific situation, though, the experience loses a lot of its initial interest.
  6. 67
    I would've liked to have seen more pizzazz and personality from the actual gameplay and questions (instead of just the silly avatars), and the game flow could've been streamlined considerably (I don't need between-round updates on the betting tendencies of A.I. opponents), but Wits & Wagers is a loose and enjoyable experience that fills a necessary gap on Xbox Live Arcade without significant monetary -- or mental -- investment.
  7. At the end of the day Wits and Wagers is nice start for trivia games on the Xbox LIVE Arcade, but there is definitely room for improvement.
  8. 64
    If you like numbers – dates, weights, estimates, measures, etc. – then Wits & Wagers may be right up your alley. But as an overall trivia experience, it wears out its welcome fairly quickly.
  9. 60
    The games biggest offender is the questions themselves, there's no rhyme or reason to any of them.
  10. Ultimately the game dies due to the problems with the multiplayer, and so here lies the paradox: it would be great to see more people playing this online, but online is so crippled it doesn't make buying it worth while. Go figure.
  11. Half the fun of a trivia game is that warm glow of superiority when you know something your friends do not. Thanks to the random-fact, numerical nature of the questions, that feeling of 'knowing' the answer does not happen often enough to warrant the, 800 Microsoft Points, price tag.
  12. The XBLA version of Wits & Wagers is cheaper than the board game but not nearly as easy to recommend.
  13. When you've got a quiz where players don't even need to understand the question to win, you've got a quiz that doesn't really work all that well.
  14. The entire Wits & Wagers experience tries too hard and fails at nearly every turn.
  15. Some board games translate well. This doesn't. [Aug 2008, p.99]

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