Wednesday, March 30, 2016

It Takes Two (1970)

It Takes Two (1970)


6.6125 out of 10 with 8 ratings
Board Game Rank: Not Ranked


Based on the original 1969-70 game show aired on NBC (see below), each round a trivia question is read. The questions are slightly different from most trivia games in that the answers are always numeric (such as "What is the area of Manhattan Island in square miles?"). Each member of each couple (or team), without conferring with their partner, writes down their answer.

When all answers are in, the team compares notes and computes the average of their two answers. The correct answer is then revealed, and the team whose average is the closest wins the round and $100. The first team to reach $1,000 wins.

NBC/Hasbro's "bookshelf" line included several game show-esque board games including The Mating Game, Rhyme Time, Trivia, Chain Letters, and It Takes Two. Of these, only the last was actually based on a game show (albeit one played only by celebrities)...and yet contains no hint of this aside from a slightly similar logo, resulting in a generic-looking game that less-knowledgeable game show fans may inadvertently pass on.

  • Designer: (Uncredited)
  • Publisher: Hasbro, NBC
  • Year Published: 1970
  • Number of Players: 2 - 8
  • Manufacturer Suggested Ages: 10
  • Playing Time: 60
  • Suggested Ages: 12
  • Category: Movies / TV / Radio theme, Party Game, Trivia
  • Alternate Names: It Takes Two


This game is based on an old television show. No where is this stated in the game. Similar to Say When by Winning Moves only with partners.


8 out of 10
Neat premise. Played last year with friends and it was fun to hear the groans when one's partner made a wildly off-base answer, altering the "couple"'s averaged answer to some ridiculous point. Some question cards are silly (riddles) and are best removed from the game, and it is dated, but still much fun.

Got in 2007

6 out of 10
The "averaging" mechanism is a clever idea. You can even game the system by dramatically under or overguessing if you think your partner will go too far in the opposite direction.
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