As kids, there was also a simple pleasure in managing to get ‘one over’ on an Adult and Beat the Parents is a board game that replicates this feeling.
The rules are very easy to understand, make it to the other side of the board before the other team. Do this by answering questions asked by the other team.
Beat the Parents is an ideal game for a family fun night. It encourages participants to have a bit of friendly family competition and see who really rules to roost.
Does this sound like the sort of game that your family will love? Then continue reading our guide which includes the rules and how to play.
What is Beat the Parents?
Beat the Parents is a game of trivia that pits kids vs adults in the ultimate generational battle of knowledge.
Promoting teamwork between teams, the game is ideal for families. It caters to all age groups with its versatile gameplay.
Number of Players Required: 2 players at least.
Who Can Play It: For best results, try to play with at least one kid and one adult although this isn’t necessary for gameplay.
Main Objective: Be the first player to move your pieces from one side of the board to the other by answering questions.
Why we love it: Who doesn’t love games that manage to incorporate the whole family? Beat the Parents combines easy-to-understand gameplay with suitable questions to create a game that is simply a lot of fun.
What do I need to play Beat the Parents?
As you can imagine being a board game, the only thing that you will need is to purchase the Beat the Parents board game.
The official set from game developers Spin Master includes everything that you will need to begin playing.
How to Set Up Your Game
Kids and Adults are on opposing teams, so have the teams sit on opposite sides of the board.
The game will have two sets of questions – a set for kids and a set for adults. Make sure these are well shuffled before starting.
Teams will then need to put their game pieces on the designated starting positions.
Beat the Parents Rules and Gameplay Instructions
Beat the Parents utilizes ‘Wild Cards’ to liven up the gameplay with specific challenges for both kids and adults!
Starting the game
The game starts with the kid’s team going first.
The adults begin by drawing a kids question card and reading aloud the first question.
How to play Beat the Parents
- Both teams take turns asking each other questions specific to their teams. There are three questions to ask on each card.
- If a team gets the question correct, then they move their game piece one space on the board for each correct answer.
- If a team gets the question wrong, then they cannot move their game piece and their team’s turn is over.
- A player can ‘bump’ an opposing team game piece back two spaces if they land on a space that is already occupied by the other team.
- Teams can only move their pieces forward, they cannot move them back unless otherwise instructed.
- If a player lands on a ‘Wild Card’ space, pick up a Wild Card.
- If you land on a Wild Card on your side of the board, immediately pick up the relevant card and follow its instructions.
- If you land on a Wild Card space on the other team’s side of the board, you get asked the three questions and must pick up the Wild Card if you get any wrong.
- The winning team is the one who gets all their game pieces over to the other side of the board.
Keeping Score in Beat the Parents
There’s not too much scorekeeping within the rules of Beat the Parents, aside from tallying up the number of victories.
You may be able to add a competitive edge into teams by giving points out for each correct answer given per person to see who the MVP of the team is.
Frequently Asked Questions
What age of kids are the questions in Beat the Parents appropriate for?
The official game recommends that children 6+ would be suitable so that would be a good reference point to start.
The questions are so that children of at least school age should be able to answer some of the questions.
Is there any additional Beat the Parents questions that you can ask once you’ve used all the original questions?
There aren’t any official extra packs of questions. If you find that you’re repeating questions set your kids a task of thinking of some questions themselves!
You can still use the WildCards with the hilarious challenges so as long as you have fresh questions the game is very replayable.
Alternative Games to Beat the Parents
We hope that you agree with us that nothing beats family board game night, and that Beat the Parents is worthy of a place.
If you were looking for a classic family game, take a trip down memory lane by looking at our guide on Twister. Otherwise, the Honey I love you game, Trivial Pursuit and Exploding Kittens are also great.
For those who like board games that have a lower chance of potential injury, have a look at our guide to the board game Pictureka.