Guessing Numbers: A Review of Figure It

Guessing Numbers: A Review of Figure It

May 28, 2020 0 By Ryan Sanders

Ryan reviews the number deduction game from FoxMind,  Figure It.

Figure It

  • 2-5 Players
  • Ages 8+
  • Published by FoxMind Games

Figure It is a deduction game that has been around in a non-Engish version for quite some time  (as Dommeno or Code Mind in non-English form with the oldest version coming out in 1975), and recently found an English print through FoxMind Games. The game is designed by famous board game designer Alex Randolph who designed such games as Twixt, Enchanted Forest, and Ricochet Robots

In Figure It, players have X number of tiles (depending on player count) with numbers on them in front of them, they cannot see their own numbers. The object of the game is to guess all the numbers in front of you BEFORE your opponent(s) do it first with their own tiles. This can be done by a mixture of deduction and guessing, as there are only 28 tiles in the game numbered 1-7. There is only 1 one, 2 two tiles, 3 three tiles and so on up to 7 seven tiles. So by looking at your opponent’s tiles, as well as some tiles that may (in all player counts except 3) be face up in the middle, you can figure out what you are most likely to have. If you guess a number that you have more than 1 of (say I have two 5s) your opponent only reveals one of those numbers face up in front of you, by putting the tile on its back (from its standing position). With a 2 & 3 Player count, if you guess right, you get another guess and can keep on guessing until you guess a number you do not have. In higher player counts, you only get 1 guess if you guess correctly or not. That is pretty much the game, first to get all their tiles revealed by guessing the correct numbers win. 

Gameschool Aspect: What Does It Teach?

Figure It while it has the kids guessing at their numbers, they will be using some deduction reasoning to do such. If I know there are 2 twos and my opponent and they are in the middle of each has one, I can rule out 2s being one of my tiles.  If my opponents don’t have a lot of 6s, and there are not a lot of them shown in the center of the table (of the tiles not facedown), I can conclude I have at least one six, maybe even multiples. 

Before we get to the gameplay, I want to talk about the FoxMind components. The box the game comes in seems super cheap, however, have no fear, the game itself comes in a blue drawstring travel bag (i think the box is made for easier shelf presence and meant to be recycled). The bag has printed on the outside the set up for each player count, which is extremely nice and not something I have seen done before. The tiles themselves actually surprised me in how nice they are. They are nice chunky tiles, with a big bottom, so that they can be placed standing up. They also include an arrow on the back, to tell players which way is up (though not needed as the tiles are thicker at the bottom, so that tells you which way to stand them). The numbers are big and white (on blue tile) and easy to read.  They do a great job standing up on the table, and not falling down during play. Despite the meager box quality, the contents inside are great. 

The game itself plays FAST, and I mean fast, in a 2-player game we can play each game in about 5-7 minutes, and it is a game that we want to play back to back. I have only ever played Figure It as a 2-player game, but thoroughly enjoy it. Each player has 7 tiles they have to guess. There 14 tiles left in the middle, 7 are face up. Figure It has the perfect amount of deduction versus guessing in this player count. While I am not sure this is the deduction game I would pick to play with serious gamers, it is one that is perfect to play with non-gamers or in mixed company (adults and kids). If your kids are into Clue or Mastermind, this would be one they may enjoy as well; except Figure It plays faster and can travel with you. If you are looking for an easy to teach, simple and fast deduction game, Figure It from FoxMind is one to check out. 

Figure It is out now

Thanks to FoxMind Games for sending a copy for an honest review. 

Ryan Sanders is the founder, owner, and editor-at-large of Adventures in Gameschooling. He’s also the guy behind its social media accounts. God has blessed Ryan and his wife Mary, with five children, which he homeschools. As a Christian, he believes that he should not only look out for your own interests but other peoples too (Philippians 2:4) and this is one of his guiding principles for Adventures in Gameschooling. Ryan’s expertise is informed by almost two decades of experience as a stay-at-home father and from the running The Inquisitive Meeple where he performed over 300 written and podcast interviews within the board game industry.