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Trivial Pursuit
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Trivial Pursuit

3/27/2009

19.99 - 69.99

Popular family board game is now playable on your console.
The Bottom Line
The classic board game transfers well onto the consoles. Great addition to a family game library.

Overview

The video game offers players three modes in which to explore trivia games. In the classic mode, where the rules stay true to the board game format, players move around a spoke-type game board, landing on spaces that test their knowledge in six categories: Geography, History, Arts & Literature, Science & Nature, and Sports & Leisure. The goal of this game is to fill up your circular game piece with six wedges earned from answering questions in each of the six categories. To earn a wedge, you must land on a special "Wedge HQ" space and then answer the question correctly. When you have all six possible wedges, you move back into the middle of the board and answer one last question to win the game.

How to Play

This classic mode works well in the video game, and is enhanced by cute animations when you move your piece, along with possible moves being highlighted so you never have to count out spaces on the board after rolling the dice. In the Wii version, even rolling the dice is fun, because you do it by waggling the Wii remote.

Groups looking for unpredictability in their trivia gaming should turn to the "Facts & Friends" mode. While the game board is similar to the classic version, the game play is full of fun unpredictable quirks. There are special bonus spaces which trigger events like a wedge challenge where you can take on another player in a series of "True or False" questions to steal a wedge they have already earned. Plus, you can "bet" on whether your opponent will answer a question correctly. Points are tallied differently, making earning wedges easier.

Solo Mode

For individuals who love trivia, there is a solo "Clear the Board" mode. In this mode, your goal is to clear the board by answering correctly a question on each space.

Game Analysis

So is the video game version better than the board game version? Yes. The video game version really outshines the board game's presentation in how it presents the trivia questions. There are six different types of questions and many make use of multimedia by using photos, sliders and interactive maps. Another cool techie thing is that the game keeps track of each player's statistics, and constantly displays those as a ticker tape along the bottom of the screen. However, on some small screen televisions, the lettering in the questions might appear small.
The only way this video game version is not as good as the board game is in the variety of question packs. When playing the board game version, kids can use one set of easier cards, and adults can use another. One suggestion for future releases of Trivial Pursuit is to assign levels to players and tie that leveling to the difficulty of the questions presented. The b=Family Game Bundle, a trivia game that you play on your DVD, pioneered this technology back in 2005. By introducing knowledge leveling, kids can compete on an even playing field with adults. In this video game version of Trivial Pursuit, the best way to deal with the inequality of knowledge is to play the "Facts & Friends" Mode.

The Wii and PS2 versions come bundled with the standard question pack and a movie pack. The movie pack is a free download for the PS3 and the Xbox 360 versions.

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Trivial Pursuit
Released: 3/10/2009
Company: Electronic Arts
Price: 19.99 - 69.99
ESRB: E (Everyone)
Platforms: PlayStation 2
PlayStation 3
Wii
XBox360
Available: Amazon

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