Saturday, April 1, 2023

‘Top Ten Quiz’ Review: Who Will Come Out on Top as Trivia Master?

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Ever wonder if you or anyone you know is a true trivia whiz? Top Ten Quiz is the game for you. Published by Chili Island Games with design by Johannes Berger and Julien Gupta, Top Ten Quiz sees you compete in teams in a game of skill and trust to find out who knows the most about any given thing.

What’s In The Box?
Inside the Top Ten Quiz Box.
Inside the Top Ten Quiz Box.
  • 2 Card Boxes with Lids
  • 98 Top-Ten-Chart Cards
  • 14 Divider Cards
  • 10 Top-Ten-Chart Cards Blank Cards
  • 6 Special Tiles (3 Green, 3 Black)
  • 20 Bidding Tiles (10 Green, 10 Black)
  • 7 Winner Tiles
  • 1 Tiebreaker Tile
  • Rulebook
How To Play Top Ten Quiz

To start out, divide into two teams, one green and one black. Each team will choose a captain for the first round (captains rotate after the end of the round) and reveal the top half of the first chart card in the set. The cards are meant to be kept in the box at this time so as to not reveal the answers.

Start of Round 1.

Each captain will use one of their bid chips to guess how many answers their team will guess correctly. The team with the highest estimate is the “Active Team” and will try and guess as many correct answers to the question as possible, and the team with the lower estimate will be the “Opposing Team”. If there is a tie, the tiebreaker tile will be flipped to determine who will be the Active team.

The Opposing team will lay out their bid chips face up in numerical order, and their captain will take the Chart card and look at the answers without showing anyone else, including their own teammates. The Active team will work together to guess the same amount of correct answers in a row that their captain estimated they would within 2 minutes (for example, if the captain estimated 5 correct answers, the team will need to guess 5 correct answers in a row).

While any member of the Active team can come up with an answer, only the captain may pass the answer on to the Opposing team’s captain to be judged as correct or not. If the answer is correct, the Opposing team captain will flip over the bid tile that matches the correct answer’s number. If the active team submits an incorrect answer, they are no longer allowed to guess unless they play one of their special tiles. If a special tile is played after an incorrect answer, the Active team may continue trying to get a correct answer, and the round will resume normally until they get another wrong answer or the time runs out.

Results of the Active Team’s guesses.

If the Active Team manages to guess the required amount of answers, they win the round and receive the winner tile for the round. If they fail to win the round, the Opposing team is given a chance to guess a correct answer within 10 seconds, and if their single guess is correct, they win the round. If neither team is able to succeed, no one wins the round and the next round is started.

The game ends after the seventh round, and both teams will add the totals of their winner tiles to determine who won the game. Each winner tile is valued at the same amount as the round it corresponds to, so winning more rounds doesn’t necessarily mean that your team will win the game. If the Green team wins rounds 1-4 (10 points) and the Black team wins rounds 5, 6, and 7 (18 points) the Black team would end the game with more points.

What Do We Think?

Top Ten Quiz is a wonderful party game that is bound to be fun for people of all ages. Much like Chili Island’s other game, Soulmates, the pieces are all incredibly well made, and there is a clear and purposeful aesthetic that ties the entire thing together. The addition of blank cards for custom Charts is very fun, and the “High Bid” Mode is a great way to raise the stakes once your crew is settled into the game.

You can grab a copy of Top Ten Quiz at Noble Knight Games or your FLGS.

Top Ten Quiz
9.5 Reviewer
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Tons of different questions mean that the game is always up in the air, and there are a lot of opportunities for a game to be suspenseful in the last few rounds if there's a really close fight.
Anyone good at memorizing cards will know the answers if they play the game enough times. That said, you would have to play 98 rounds of the game before even getting back to the first set of cards, so unless someone is actively trying to memorize the information, it'll be pretty hard to cheat.
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