Product Type: Electronic Arts Wii games
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The Pursuit Of Trivia
Trivial Pursuit (Wii)
Member Name: lilmsnaughty79
Trivial Pursuit (Wii)
Advantages: Great With Family And Friends
Disadvantages: Too Many Easy Questions, No Online Multiplayer
Trivial Pursuit is the classic board game that sits in a cupboard until friends come around and you need something to do together. Now there's no need to bother with the board as you can all huddle around the TV, controllers in one hand and possibly a beer in the other.
So, now we have the Wii version, and I can't think of a more suitable console for this game, the Wii has always been sold on the back of its family friendly games. It's nice to have some classic games board games to play, and we have EA to thank for this one. The Wii version looks very polished and the graphics are more than adequate for a game of this type.
The game has three modes, Classic, Facts and Friend, and Friends Clear the Board. The Classic is as you would expect, the same as the traditionally board game. Where each player attempts to land on a wedge question and collect all the wedges, returning to the centre to attempt to win the game.
Facts and Friends mode changes the rules, all players use the same piece (or puck) and each category question correctly answered count towards getting a wedge of that colour. When a player gets a wedge the other players then cannot. That is unless you land on a bonus square that go in place of the roll again squares. It's then possible to steal another players wedge or bet on whether a player will get a question right or wrong amongst other challenges.
The clear the board mode is a timed single player mode, you must get all wedges and answer the final question. You can only get a question on each square once. You collect points along the way and attempt to best the high score. Your score will multiply with correct answers.
Now, of course the usual way of answering question is to actually have to know the answer and say it out load. With a console version this is not possible so the answers are multiple choice. This is not as dumbed down as you might think. Of course it's possible to get a lucky guess, but it's still an even playing field for all players.
The multiple choice element also helps to avoid one of the biggest problems with the board game, that is how long it can take to complete a game. The board game can have incorrect answer after incorrect answer and with the luck of the dice thrown in can get pretty boring. This does not happen with this version.
Not all of the questions are just text based, EA have taken advantage of the console and thrown in some picture questions. This helps to add some variety to a normally pretty ordinary question and answer game. The map questions are great as you have to actually point out an area on the map that corresponds to the question. So, it's not just a matter of knowing the answer, you need to know where. I hope you were paying attention in geography lessons.
One of the biggest problems with computer quiz games has always been the limited number of questions, I have yet to have a repeat question and there are apparently a large number of questions available, this is very good. The only downside is that a lot of the question are very easy, that's not to say they're all too easy though. It would have been good if there were multiple selectable difficulty levels. Also, whoever decided which questions fit into which categories has some strange ideas sometimes. It is also possible to buy question packs online.
Trivial Pursuit will fit into your Wii collection nicely. It won't be a game that come out every day, but when family and friends are together it can be great fun. The only omission I can think of is online multiplayer but for me that's not a big deal. It can be picked up now for around £13 so it's really a fair price.
Summary: A Good Console Version Of A Classic Board Game