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As a child, have you always wanted to prove that, yes, although I’m young, but come on, I’m also smart?

I should be able to answer some questions and prove my intelligence correctly.

As parents, after always enjoying grand moments of wisdom over your kids, are you confident you can beat them in a game of knowledge?

If you fall into these categories which I’m sure many of us are, then this is a fun family game with some variations to show who’s smarter.

If you’re a parent, kindly ignore the game title because you are obviously the ones to beat.

Playing Beat the Parents Board Game

  • Players: At least 2 players.
  • Age: 5+, with at least one adult.
  • Difficulty: Easy to play.

The Pack

To play this family game, here’s what you need, which you should find in the box containing the game

  • 1 Game board
  • 2 human-shaped movers or pawns
  • 110 Question cards
  • 50 Challenge cards

All ages can play this game, but the issue of reading the questions provides a restriction on the age limit.

So, ages 6 and above should play it well.

The Game Setup

After setting out all the needed components of the game, the competing parties should stay at opposite ends of the board.

Both sets of the card should be shuffled and placed face down by the side of the board on the spots marked ‘Q’ and ‘C,’ respectively.

The two movers should be positioned on the start point at the board ends.

The red side and red mover are for the parents, while the yellow side and yellow mover are for the kids.

The Play

The game’s objective is to see who can move their pawns to the end of the board first.

The kids go first after shuffling the cards and placing the movers on the start points.

Next, the parents draw a card from the deck of question cards and read out the question.

There are 3 sets of questions for each team on a question card.

If the kids get the question right, their pawn moves one spot forward.

Then the next question is asked.

Both teams have the opportunity to move three spots if they correctly answer all three questions.

After the kids’ turn, the parents get to play the game the same way, but now the kids ask the questions.

When any of the pawns lands on a challenge spot, the other team draws a challenge card, and both teams carry out the challenge.

The winner gets to move spaces as dictated by the challenge card.

The challenges are usually a mix of verbal and physical activities like Rosetta stone and sock swap and could be one-on-one or as a team.

The game continues till one team wins.

The Win

A team has to win the final challenge and move to the win spot to be declared the winner.

The winner is also whoever successfully moves their pawn to the end of the board.

Variations to the Game

The game can be played in different variations as made by the producer.

Here are some other versions of the game you can play.

The version with a wager board and an hourglass: In addition to the game board, movers, challenge, and question cards, this version include a wager board to increase the stakes and an hourglass to time some of the challenges.

Here before starting the game, a wager is placed by both teams and written on the wager board.

It could be more chores or free reign to eat whatever food for a week; whoever wins must agree on something.

The wager board and the hourglass combination make the game more competitive.

Beyond this, the game is played as usual.

The version with four movers and wild cards: Here, in addition to the initial content of the box but excluding the challenges cards, two sets of wild cards for both teams and 4 movers, 2 each instead of the initial 2 is included.

The game board for this version is larger as 2 movers each is now used per team.

The board is divided into two sides, yellow for the kids and red for the parents.

Also, there are spots for wild cards rather than the spots marked for challenges.

The wild card is played the same way as with the challenge cards.

When a pawn lands on it, a card is drawn by the opposing team, and the content is read out.

If the player carries it out successfully, they move the number of spots specified on the card.

2 is placed on each side of the board for the four movers, and the game is played as usual.

The version with 4 movers and 3tokens: As explained above, the board is also different here, and 2 movers are placed on each side.

But rather than wild or challenge cards, there are removable tokens that could be a bonus or a bust.

If a team’s pawn lands on the token on their side, it’s a bonus.

They get to move forward some spots as stated, but if the team’s pawn lands on the token on their opponent’s side, it’s a bust.

They have to move back.

Once the token has been acted upon, it is removed, and the game continues.

The Game Rules

To avoid arguments or confusion, here are some general rules for the different variations of the game.

A turn ends if all 3 questions are answered correctly, or one is answered incorrectly.

Place the used cards on the other marked spot for cards on the board.

This is to avoid the repetition of questions, although the probability of this occurring is low as there are 160 cards altogether.

If the pawn lands on a challenge spot in the middle of answering the three questions, the question is immediately discarded for the challenge.

If the pawn lands on another challenge spot after winning a challenge, the challenge is carried out before the game continues.

You play a normal round with a new question card if you start a turn on a challenge spot.

When movers from both teams meet on the spot, the first mover has to go back two spots.

For example, if the parent’s mover meets the kid’s mover on the spot, the kid’s mover has to go back two spots.

For the variation with four movers, you can alternate movers in turn.

It’s a mover per turn for both teams.

Depending on whatever version you get, the game can be played by 2 or more players.

All the kids, even if they are more than 2, could gang up on their parents and see who wins to make it more fun.

FAQs about How to Play Beat the Parents Board Game

Question: Do the parents have to answer the questions on the same card they asked the kids?

Answer: No, the kids pick another card when it’s their parents’ turn. That’s why there are 110 question cards.

Question: For the 4 movers version, must I start the game with both movers

Answer: You can start with one each to make it easier.



Depending on whatever version you get, the game can be played by 2 or more players. To make it more fun, all the kids, even if they are more than 2 could gang up on their parents and see who wins.

Beat the Parents is definitely an interesting game for you and your family.

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