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Member Name: NicndDan
Parker Trivial Pursuit Master Game Genus Edition
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In my vast collection of Trivia and quiz related bits and bobs I have a fair amount of board games. I enjoy nothing more than sitting down together with family and friends and spending the night with the board game. My favourite series has always been Trivial Pursuit and I got two versions of the game recently, one of which I reviewed earlier in the year (Bet You Know It) but this Master Edition is by far my favourite,
First off it is probably worth stating that I am a general knowledge buff. I love quizzing and if you have seen my quiz book reviews on here in the past you probably will have a fair idea about that. Its more than a hobby to me in many ways!
The Master Edition is really the ultimate edition of Trivial Pursuit aimed at people with a higher average general knowledge. There are some easier questions in here which I will talk about later but generally this is aimed at the people likely to be at the higher end of pub quiz final standings.
The concept is the same as always, two to six players can play (or teams if you decide to do it that way) and you have to move around the board based on dice rolls answering questions and collecting wedges. You keep going until you are wrong and you only earn a wedge on the wedge square. Your aim is to collect one of each coloured wedge each being a different subject....i.e. Sports and Leisure, History, Arts, Science and Nature, Entertainment and Geography and make it back to the middle for the final question.
You get 3,000 questions here which is a good total but if you play time and time again you will soon get repetition. The cards are well written questions though and although this series has got bad press in the past for having wrong answers on the cards, this version appears to have none, or certainly none I have come across. They are all testing, well written questions.
There is an issue of balance though. Of the 3,000 questions I would say maybe 2,500 are of the same level, master level and hard. However thrown into the mix are around 500 questions that are basic general knowledge, in other words everyone is going to know. That's where the luck comes in. You land on a wedge and get one of these you are getting a cheap wedge....have one of these as the final question and it ruins the ending to the game but this is just one minor flaw as on the whole everything works fine.
Who is it aimed at? As I said children and teenagers may struggle with this and indeed many adults will. Its not a casual board game at all, if you want that buy the Bet You Know it Version!. This is for serious players of general knowledge titles and trivia buffs and on that front its marvellous!
You would expect this for £30-£40 and this is how much you will pay! Its an expensive set but well worth it. As close to a tough general knowledge board game you are ever likely to get and even though its tough it can be enjoyed by all and will last hours.
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Summary: Works well