Our cure for the Corona Virus blues is not exactly all fun and games.
Seriously, Wise Up! – The Wicked/Smart Party Card Game – is a grown-up corker of a contest that asks tons of trivia and thought-provoking questions designed to give everyone a lesson in humility, history, sports, science, literature and geography. And wit.
But there are also a bunch of "challenge" cards that throw hilarious physical and mental wrenches into the works: Indian Arm Wrestling, A Staring Contest, or how about a round of Truth or Dare? Or double dare?
It's easy to Wise Up! Players take a card, in turn, and ask the Question to the player to their left. If they answer correctly (or successfully complete the Challenge), they keep the card. If not, it's the next player's turn. And so on. For a Group Challenge, the best player, as judged by the card captain, keeps the card. The player with the most cards at the end wins.
Wise Up! is a terrific, smart-aleck adventure GUARANTEED to provoke and delight outlaws and in-laws alike or your money back. As long as we're all cooped up unhappily together we might as well make it as painful as possible, shouldn't we?
Wise Up! is recommended for all ages and is a "grown-up" game only in the sense that the questions are not for the faint of heart, or head, even though everything is rated G. There's no profanity or vulgarity anywhere, although some of challenges are so frustrating (and unfunny) that you might find yourself taking the Lord's name in vain.
It's like Scrabble and Bananagrams but way faster and funner.
But you can snatch it back if an "S" is flipped over and you yell out "SMART." Damn. Just remember that all words are in play at all times, so you better be able to think fast on your feet. Show zero mental mercy – steal away!
No board. No complicated rules. No social distancing – just wicked/smart cheap thrills for everyone – hand-to-hand combat that's guaranteed to ruin any family lockdown or quarantine.
One Up! really is hilarious larceny.
Where our hero Ray learns the absolute joy of stealing with impunity.
"Oneupmanship is Monopoly for the 21st Century."
But wait: we added another dimension that takes the game off the board and into the realm of meta-game: "$ Cards" are personal, physical and mental challenges that are really about proving what you are made of as a human being. Some of them are hilarious, some are meant to hurt – Alphabet Memory Game; Rock, Paper, Scissors; Indian Arm Wrestling, Push-up Contest, etc. We hope you have as much fun playing Oneupmanship as we did making it – it's guaranteed to turn your whole family and all your friends into "smelly, basement-dwelling capitalists" or "greedy, self-serving punks" if they aren't already. A cheap lesson in humility: $29.99