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James F.
United States
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10
Dec 2002*
Scattagories on steroids. Dynamite in a stainless steel wordplay drum. The more players the better. Always fun...even when one member of our regular group picks ridiculous, obscure categories that no one knows about -- like pre-1950s European opera singers – for in that dark moment, you can use your time to verbally assault and shame him for his asinine category selection.

Watch for the competition to become especially fierce as the leaders start heading for the finish line.
2002-12-16*
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Marc pseudonym
United States
Martinsburg
West Virginia
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10
Jan 2007*
A great trivia game! Not only does it test across categories, but within them as well. Provides a unique scoring system to rate both types of the aforementioned knowledge.
2007-01-21*
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Lance Lindley
Japan
Ebina
Kanagawa
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10
Apr 2012
I haven't played this game in decades, but I think it says something about a game when you remember how much you loved it even though you were a kid playing against adults -- especially when it's a quiz game where kids have a serious disadvantage. But what was great about FIF was that the game scaled nicely, since there is no real QUESTION to answer right or wrong as in, say, Trivial Pursuit. You try to pick a Class and Category that you know a bit about, and then you draw your letters (luck really comes into play here) and then you get to show off what you know. You get to empty your head onto the answer pad. And then the great social aspect of FIF that is missing from other trivia games is going around the table after the timer has run out, reading back your answers to the group. No other game has given me a similar experience. If you were clever enough to think of an answer for a letter nobody else got, you feel like a real champ, and everybody laughs and says "GOOD ONE!" And the answers frequently start discussions, some about the validity of your answer, but some about the topic (class and category) you were answering in. So if the topic was TV shows and you got the letter "C" and you say "Courtship of Eddie's Father" and everybody goes, "OH MAN! I remember that show! Who was the Japanese lady that played the housekeeper? Did you know the little kid on that show became a punk rocker?" It's awesome. When I was a kid playing with my older sisters and sometimes my parents, the game always ALWAYS was over too soon, even though it took well over an hour to play.
2012-04-26
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Byron Brown
United States
Tallahassee
Florida
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10
Nov 2013
Classic game that is better than scattergories
2013-11-19
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Chuck Uherske
United States
Rockville
Maryland
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9
May 2006*
Still believe this is one of the best trivia games ever made -- fun and fast-paced, plus you can make the categories as interesting and as difficult as you like. Only flaw is that the group has to be the right one, with a common understanding of allowable answers.
2006-05-21*
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Perry Horner
United States
Peoria
Arizona
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9
Mar 2007*
Great game for a group of adults. Mechanics make it fun and challenging.
2007-03-03*
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John Cutter
United States
Washington
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9
Jan 2009*
Not sure why my family loves this game so much, but we do. We started making up our own categories for it 15 years ago and over that time period it's our most played game by FAR.

I think it's the non-competitive aspect that appeals to my family. Plus, there's something enjoyable about coming up with wacky categories and then racing against the clock to come up with as many correct "answers" as possible.
2009-01-02*
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Randy Cox
United States
Clemson
South Carolina
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8.25
Sep 2007*
Several copies--old Avalon Hill, Later Avalon Hill, 3M, and recent (2007) University Games edition.
2007-09-12*
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Stan Nerhaugen
United States
Richfield
Minnesota
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Sep 2002*
Advanced Scattergories!! As fun as it is tough.
2002-09-11*
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Melanie Koserowski
United States
Crofton
Maryland
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Jan 2004*
I still maintain that this is a better game than Scattegories. As long as you agree that you can pass over the really hard categories like "Infamous Napoleanic Dentists."
2004-01-07*
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Rich Heimlich
United States
Philadelphia
PA
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8
Mar 2004*
A classic.
2011-09-21
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June King
United States
Unspecified
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8
Jun 2004*
Enjoy the intellectual challenge of this one. If you play with the right group, there's very little of the arguing you hear so much about.
2004-06-02*
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Katie Harris
United States
Colorado
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Apr 2005*
I grew up playing this game and really love it, but my husband is only luke warm to it. The scoring method forces you to choose carefully where you spend your brain power during the limited time given. Fun to play either in teams or as individuals, it works wonderfully for any number of players. I have played the newer, similar game Scattergories a couple times, and just don't like it as well. The biggest difference between the games is that the categories in Facts and Five are very challenging, so it is mostly a game of testing your own mental agility. The categories in Scattegories are easy, but you must come up with a unique answer that noone else does, so it is mostly a game of second-guessing.
2005-04-23*
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The Ceth
United States
Las Vegas
Nevada
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8
May 2005*
The original, forget knockoffs like scattergories. A great, adabptable game for any type of player. If you're playing with some one younger or more inebriated you can choose simple categories with no subcategory, or if you're trying to prove your intelligence you can pick obscure category combinations and see if either player tops 23 points.
2005-05-15*
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Russell Ginns
United States
Bethesda
Maryland
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8
Sep 2005*
What's wrong with you people? This is a classic great game.

Scattegories and countless other games have ripped this one off.
2005-09-15*
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Candy Weber
United States
Los Gatos
California
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8
Mar 2009*
My favorite word game.
2005-09-29*
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Julie Linnel
United States
Maryland
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8
Jan 2006*
Better than Scattergories. I wish someone would make an updated version of the game.
2006-01-23*
Gene Warren
United States
Burlingame
California
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8
Jan 2007*
Played
2010-02-09
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David Fair
United States
Damascus
MD
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Or maybe PowerGrid?
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8
Mar 2006*
Haven't played in years. A game I really enjoyed as a kid.
2006-03-15*
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Mike N.
United States
Brunswick
Maine
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8
Aug 2006*
Fun trivia type game. Sort of like Scattergories but with more player direction for the categories and more interesting scoring (and therefore a bit of strategy). Plus it has a sand timer rather than a damn mechanical timer (which eventually breaks).
2006-08-24*
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Travis Eberle
United States
Kent
Washington
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8
Sep 2006*
Better than Scattergories. It evenly tests specific and general recall, but a new edition needs to have contemporary topics.
2006-09-14*
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Matt Regashus
United States
Wisconsin
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8
Jul 2007*
A party game that is great at reminding you that people used to be much more intelligent and much more sophisticated.
2007-07-24*
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John Curran
United States
Ypsilanti
Michigan
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Apr 2008*
Fun. The categories can be very hard; occasionally dated. The scoring system is clever. I wonder if University Games dumbed it down at all in the more recent release?

I need more score sheets.

2010-06-20
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Nathan Beeler
United States
Seattle
Washington
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Really? Hovertext? Whatever.
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8
Aug 2009*
A favourite from childhood that still stands up today. The categories can be absolutely brutal, even if they aren't obscure. But that's half the fun sometimes.
2009-09-11
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Greg
United States
Lexington
Kentucky
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8
Aug 2009*
Own 2 versions
2014-11-10
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JoLene Ramm
United States
California
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8
May 2010
This was one of my favorite party games as a kid. I haven't played in a long, long time, but glad I save this one.
2011-03-15
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Amy
United States
Lenexa
Kansas
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8
Jan 2011
Kevin got this for $2 at a library sale and we've gotten our money's worth playing it.
2011-02-15
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Stephan Valkyser
Germany
Wesseling
NRW
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7.7
Sep 2014
A little bit more elaborated version of the (at least in Germany) familiar "Stadt, Land, Fluss).
I really appreciate the clever scoring mechanism and the fact that a simple majority vote can settle disputes over the validity of an entry.
2014-10-24
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Gerald McDaniel
United States
Lakewood
Colorado
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7.5
May 2009*
[Original comment] Plays quickly; all players should be at about the same age level and/or intelligence level. A good general knowledge game.

May 2009 -- One of the better trivia-type games. But, the family just isn't into trivia-type games, so it never gets played.
2011-11-01
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J Shortz
United States
Fall City
Washington
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7.5
Nov 2012
I really enjoy Facts in Five. But be aware that the wild cards and category choices can lead to out and out fights over the cutthroat choices. I firmly believe that this game plays best when the players either agree that everyone will play horribly cutthroat or no one will. The in-between doesn't work.
2011-07-18
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Michael Debije
Netherlands
Eindhoven
The Netherlands
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7.25
Jul 2015
One of the better word games: redone in a less interesting way (and dumbed down) as Scattergories
2006-11-07*
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Eric Buzzell

Kalamazoo
Michigan
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7.25
Jun 2014
Time pressure keeps the tarnish off this classic game of recall.
2015-05-04
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Ubergeek
United States
Camas
Washington
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I spent 100 Geek Gold and all I got was this lousy overtext message!
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7.1
Sep 2007*
This game seems to wear well regardless of the generation.
2007-09-16*
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Joe Andrews
United States
Birmingham
Michigan
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Jul 2003*
My wife and I enjoy this game very much.
2003-07-14*
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Robt. Ferrett
United States
Madison
Wisconsin
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Jul 2003*
A packaged version of the parlor game "Guggenheim" (probably known under other names, too). You can get VERY specific with categories if you want...16th century French political leaders with red hair that start with B? Hmm...
2003-07-17*
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David Arnott
United States
Tarzana
California
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7
Sep 2003*
The grandfather of a lot of party games, this parlor-turned-board-game still holds up.
2003-09-05*
Kevin Greaves
United States
Port Jervis
New York
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7
Oct 2003*
Scattagories with a higher IQ
2003-10-14*
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Jason Matthews
United States
Alexandria
Virginia
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7
Apr 2004*
I like this variation on the usual trivia theme.
2004-04-14*
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SAM ALAMA
Portugal
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Apr 2004*
I actually played Scattergories before discovering FIF. Upon playing, everyone commented: "this is a better version of Scattergories." Facts in Five works well with social gamers and is easy to execute.
2004-04-18*
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Eric Miller
United States
Glen Burnie
Maryland
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7
May 2008*
Always a fun game.
2008-05-09*
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Thomas Mauer
United States
Willow Grove
Pennsylvania
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7
Oct 2004*
My rating is based on two sessions only. But so far I really like this game. I enjoy this type thinking game under the pressure of the clock. Enjoy the interaction that some of the really 'out there' answers. The fun factor is good.
2004-10-15*
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(Mr.) Kim Beattie
United States
Rocklin
CA
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Embrace your inner geek!
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In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below.
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7
Dec 2004*
Played this game a lot, many years ago. A lot of fun, as I recall.
2004-12-04*
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Jason Richards
United States
Old Town
Maine
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7
Jan 2005*
A reliable old standby, overshadowed by its more glamorous sibling, Scattergories. As I sympathize with this plight, I've kept FiF, and out of loyalty never bought Scattergories. So there!
2005-01-04*
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Milton Soong
United States
LOS ALTOS
California
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Feb 2005*
The first "party" type game I have, good except of the fuzze scoring mechanism that always end up in an argument. Play with close friends only.
2005-02-24*
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Walter OHara
United States
Burke
Virginia
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7
Mar 2005*
Not too dated trivia game dating back to the 70s and 80s. Can be fun to play.
2005-03-22*
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M. Bader
Germany
duesseldorf
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7
Apr 2005*
Very good knowledge game. Feels sometimes like a test in school. You realy need to like knowledge games to play this one.
2005-04-03*
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George Murray
United States
Auburn
Washington
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Sep 2008*
great game for "non-gamers" and parties
2005-04-13*
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Jonathan Chaffer
United States
Grand Rapids
Michigan
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Dec 2011
Worth playing over Scattergories just for the overly-specific, dated categories. "Let's do Class: Occupations. We'll narrow that down to Category: Female."
2014-05-25
Owned
id really rather not say
United States
philadelphia
Pennsylvania
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Jul 2005*
somewhat similar to scattergories
2005-07-11*
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Charles A. Davis
United States
Greeneville
TN
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Sep 2005*
If you don't like the categories make up some of your own.
2005-09-12*
Owned
For Trade

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