“What are there more of in the world?” Wheels vs. Doors is a fun, funny game that will leave you guessing and, sometimes, scratching your head. The goal is to be the first player or team to collect 10 Wheels or 10 Doors. Wheels vs. Doors can be played as individual players or as teams. We haven’t played in teams yet, but it would be even more fun with more people playing. I’ll continue the review as for individuals playing, but feel free to substitute “team” for “player” if that’s how you play)
What’s in the box?
Wheels vs. Doors comes with Wheels and Doors cards in a tiny deck; 6 numbered Vs. cards, 5 sets of differently colored poker chips, a dealer chip, and three sets of Category cards. There is an instruction pamphlet, too, but the box also has a QR code where you can watch video instructions, if that’s easier for you.
How to play Format Games’ Wheels vs. Doors Game
First, you have to set the scene. Shuffle the Wheels and Doors cards together. TOP TIP: We usually shuffle card decks seven times to try to randomize the deck as much as possible, especially the first time a deck is used. Put the shuffled down face-down in the middle of the table. The VS cards are also shuffled (well, there are only six, so you can just scatter them around on the table) and placed face-down on the table. Give each player or team of players a set of colored poker chips and deal each player three Wheels and Doors cards, which are placed face-up in front of them. Grab a set of Category cards and start playing!
The game is played in rounds, called Versus rounds. For each round there is a dealer, who places the dealer chip at their spot in the game. Much like a casino, the dealer “hosts” the round and monitors the game play for that round. First, they choose the Vs. cards by flipping two at random. The dealer then chooses a card from the Category deck and reads out the lines that match the numbers on flipped VS cards. The players will then have to guess which there are more of, in the world or the space described on the card. TOP TIP: The answers are on the backs of the Category cards, so keep the card flat on the table until it’s time to reveal the answer.
For example, in our game (see photo), we were guessing if the world has more “Eyelashes in an average human” or “Gallons of paint needed to paint the external walls of the White House.” Now that the categories are known for the Versus round, the players can place their bets on which of the two items there are MORE of. The dealer guesses last. The dealer is also responsible for making sure the betting limits are held. Every player has to bet at least one chip.
Be careful of your bets, though, because you are risking your Wheels and Doors cards! That’s right. Once all the bets have been placed, the dealer reveals the answer. Every player who picked the category with the higher number is dealt one Wheels and Doors card for each chip they bet. Each player who guessed incorrectly, loses a Wheels and Doors card for each chip they bet, but they can choose whether to discard Wheels or Doors and those discards go back into the pile.
If a player loses all of their Wheels and Doors cards, they can still play. They can bet one chip in the next round and start building their Wheels and Doors collections with the next correct bet.
Once the Wheels and Doors cards have been dealt and discarded, the round ends and the dealer chip passes to the player to the left of the current dealer.
How to Win Format Games’ Wheels vs. Doors Game
Determining the winner is easy. The first player to collect either ten Wheels cards or ten Doors cards wins! You could have more than ten Wheels and Doors cards, but, to win, you must have ten of the same. Although, you could play a quicker version, if you didn’t have a lot of time, by setting a rule that you just have to collect ten Wheels OR Doors.
Format Games’ Wheels vs. Doors is SUPER fun! I love learning new facts and trying to solve puzzles, so all these different comparisons are fun to consider, not to mention have the potential to be hilariously funny. Not only that, but each Category Card has six categories and there are three Category card decks, with just who being chosen randomly in each game. You could play this game for years without ever getting the same combination twice! You could even play on your own, if you wanted, but it’s a lot more fun with other people playing, too.