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This review is for Trivial Pursuit Family Edition.
Trivial Pursuit is truly a family game, the box lists it playable for 2-36 players, allowing 6 players per team. The family edition includes 2 sets of questions, one for adults and one for juniors. The junior quiz may still present challenges for younger ones, and the minimum age suggested is 8 years old.
Other than that the game is similar to the normal Trivial Pursuit. It contains 2,400 questions and answers, the objectives are the same, as far as i know the categories are the same.
Trivial Pursuit is a game which requires great knowledge, and most likely even adults will find themselves getting several questions wrong. As the game covers a large area of questions, its very hard to know everything it throws at you. After a while however, you will start getting repeat questions, and if you play 2 games in quick succession, you will probably remember the answers people gave last time and get nearly all the questions correct. Therefore its good to leave a modest gap between plays.
This is probably one of my favourite board games, possibly falling behind Monopoly and Game of Life. Game of Life mainly because its the shortest, fun board game i've played. The main downside to this game, are the questions can be very hard for someone who's not familiar with everything in the entire world. Really it is most likely that an adult will win everytime over a child, but thats probably true of most board games.
Back in the 1980s when Trivial Pursuit was growing in popularity my godmother used to work in a shop which sold games. From time to time parents would come into the shop and purchase the Genus edition of Trivial Pursuit for little Johnny or little Jenny who was aged around 10. My godmother and her colleagues would cast a dubious look at the said parents and inform them that the questions in the game might be a little difficult for the darling child. The majority of the parents would respond with "But little Johnny / Jenny's so clever for their age. His / her general knowledge is really good." On a number of occasions these parents returned to the shop and asked whether they could exchange the Genus edition for another version such as the Young Players edition. Hmmm.
It is, of course, a truth universally acknowledged, that a quiz question is only easy if you know the answer. And that's part of the problem with the Genus Edition as well as most other quiz games. With the majority of questions you either know the answer or you don't. Sometimes you might be able to take a stab in the dark but, generally speaking, it's really down to a matter of which you've picked up some relevant nugget of information at some point that will allow you to supply an answer for the question.
The advantage that versions like this 1980s one have is that, depending on your age, you may actually have lived through the time period in question. And, if you've lived through a time period then the odds are that you'll remember some of the things that happened during that time, meaning that, in theory you are perhaps more likely to do better at quiz questions angled towards a period you've lived through rather than the usual General Knowledge questions that Trivial Pursuit and other quizzes might use.
The game and it's contents come in the usual sort of square box that Trivial Pursuit games are packaged in. There are various pictures of things from the 80s on the front.
The box contains:-
+ one gameboard
+ 300 question and answer cards
+ card holder
+ one standard die
+ one gazumping die
+ six scoring wheels
+ 36 coloured wedges
The categories for this game are:- News And Views, Entertainment, Living In The 80s, People And Personalities, Music & Music Makers and Sporting Moments.
I don't want to go into any depth about the rules of Trivial Pursuit, what the board looks like etc because I'm sure that most of you out there have probably seen a Trivial Pursuit board & played a game of some description at one time or another. The main difference is that there are now only five squares between each Wedge Space rather than the usual seven, which means that, in theory, it's possible to move between Wedge Spaces in just one move. There are a couple of other "innovations" in this game:-
+ Get there quicker:
As mentioned, there are now only 4 spaces between each Wedge Space. Four of these are category spaces whilst the middle (third) one contains a small coloured wedge rather than a roll again square. If you land on one of these you must move directly to the corresponding Wedge Space.
As mentioned in the contens there's also a Gazumping die alongside the regular die. If you pick a category which has one of the Gazumping icons next to it the person asking the question must inform you of this. If you answer the question correctly you must state which wedge you'd like to steal from which player. Roll the gazumping die & if the icon on the die matches with that on the card the wedge is yours. If not, play continues as usual.
Availability: I haven't seen one of these on general sale for some time but sets can be purchased from e-bay or Amazon Marketplace etc.
Being born in the 1970s I was old enough to be aware of what was going on around me and what was happening in the wider world during the 1980s. Charles and Di getting married, Band Aid, The Falklands War, Adrian Mole, ET, HIV / AIDS, The miner's strike, Eastenders and Neighbours starting, Shergar being kidnapped, John Lennon being murdered, Unemployment reaching 3 million were just a small amount of things that generated headlines in the press and conversations amongst ordinary people and are the sorts of thing you might find questions based around. This game can lead to some fairly interesting conversations because, inevitably, there'll be some questions asked that provoke someone around the table into giving some sort of comment, or telling some sort of story based around one or more questions.
Having played this game on a number of occasions I can say that both of my parents fare much better at this than they do at the usual standard version of Trivial Pursuit. My partner on the other hand, who was born in 1978 and was therefore not very old for most of the 80s fares slightly worse!
The "get there quicker" square speeds the game up to a certain degree as it makes things slightly easier for reaching those all important wedges, but then the Gazumping die can slow your progress somewhat if you're in the unfortunate position of having those previous wedges snatched from you. Overall though I wouldn't say either of these two new "innovations" make the game last substantially shorter or longer than you'd expect a standard game to last. All in all, I'd recommend this game to anyone who can remember the 80s, if only for the memories it helps to bring back.
As for the questions, I've picked a few random ones out so you can see what sort of standard they're aimed at. If you fancy having a go at them then mail me your answers and I'll tell you how many you've scored (no peaking on the internet & cheating!). If enough people play then I'll post a little "league table" in the comments section.
So, get your thinking caps on. Here we go......
News And Views:
+ Which weatherman announced there wouldn't be a hurricane just hours before one battered the south of England?
+ Which country's refugees became known as "boat people"?
+ Which hotel guest bravely joked that he'd had to wait three hours for room service but was very grateful when it came?
+ Who made headlines by resigning from the Royal Marines in 1987?
+ What word completed the Sun headline:- "Freddie Starr ate my ......?"
+ Who shot J.R. in 1980?
+ What was the name of Kylie Minogue's garage mechanic character on Neighbours?
+ How did Arthur Daley refer to his wife?
+ What was woman police officer Jean Darblay's call sign?
+ Which Lynda La Plante drama series follwed the fortunes of four women who lost their husbands in a raid on a security van?
Living In The 80s:
+ Which bi-montly journal introduced Millie Tant, Buster Gonad and the Fat Slags?
+ What was the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles one word catchphrase?
+ What was the name of the Family Fortunes computer?
+ What became compulsory on 31 January 1983?
+ What was the name of the first space shuttle to make it into orbit?
People And Personalities:
+ Who became BBC Television's first female black newsreader?
+ Who was elected leader of Sinn Fein in 1983?
+ Who replaced John Betjeman as poet laureate?
+ Who became head of southen African Anglicans in 1986?
+ Who was elected president of the National Union of Mineworkers in 1981?
Music & Music Makers:
+ What three words appeared in brackets after the Paul Young record title, "Wherever I Lay My Hat"?
+ Which busty blonde played the Fairy Godmother in Adam & The Ants' Prince Charming video?
+ Whose heterosexuality did Boy George call "The best kept secret in the music business"?
+ Whose only UK Top 20 hit was Boys (Summertime Love)?
+ Stock, Aitken and Whom?
+ Which sporty TV game-show hosted by Gordon Burns took its name from Superman's home planet?
+ Who was the only person other than Eric Bristow to win the darts World Cup in the 1980s?
+ Who came last in the 120 & 89 metres ski jump events at the 1988 Winter Olympics?
+ Who was the voice of Rugby League until his death in 1986?
+ Who hung up his riding boots in 1985 and was jailed for three years in 1987 after admitting tax evasion totalling £3.1 million?
Over 300 questions covering news, entertainment, people and personalities, music and music makers, sporting moments and of course, living in the 80's.