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Trivial Pursuit Genus IV
Member Name: beckee
Trivial Pursuit Genus IV
Date: 06/10/01, updated on 06/10/01 (199 review reads)
Advantages: Brilliant fun, Great with the after dinner mints!, fantastic for ice-breaking times
Disadvantages: A little expensive, perhaps a bit easier than it used to be?
I remember my mum and dad playing this since, well, since I was very little. We finally went out and bought a board a couple of months ago.
The idea of the game is to answer six correct questions, each from a different category. For each correct answer, when you've landed on a "cheese" question, you get a "cheese", funnily enough :-) The categories are: History (yellow cheese), Sport and Leisure (orange), Entertainment (pink), Geography (blue), Science and Nature (green) and Art and Literature (brown). You work your way around the cirle on the board, answering as many questions as you can. When you have all six cheeses you try to get to the middle of the board, where you're asked a random question. Answer this random question correctly and you win, answer it incorrectly and you have to work your way back to the middle again.
It's fairly expensive, but then what board game isn't anymore? You used to be able to buy extra question sets, but now you have to buy a whole new board game. I assume that this is to make more money, but I certainly won't go out and buy a whole game, just for the questions, as I'm sure pleny of others won't. If however you could buy the questions seperately I'd have the whole set by now! This is surely something that needs to be considered by the makers (MB), even if they were to charge a seemingly exorbitant price, say a tenner for each extra set, it would be worth it.
We've played the game several times over the last few weeks, with friends, with family and just against each other.
The questions do seem a little bit easier than I remember, not because I'm older, because the questions in my mums set still seem a lot harder, unless my general knowledge has tripled fairly recently!
Another thing is that there used to be six places between each cheese question, therefore rendering it absolutely impossible, unless you were to cheat, t
o land on another cheese question after answering one correctly. There are now just five, and although it does make the game a little quicker (which is sometimes needed...) it does take away a little of the challenge. But nevermind, still a great buy all the same.
The absolute best time to play it is boys v girls, after a nice meal and a few drinkies... It certainly beats conversation with some people, and encourages good conversation from those you like to hear talking!
One down side can be the length of time it can take to play (anything between 30 mins to 2 1/2 hours so far!), especially if you've had a skinful, but then if you've got all night why not?!
It's great :-)
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