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=== Game play ===
From the off you will find that the basics of this game remain the same as the board game. You will half a circular board with different colours and there will be special squares that allow you to earn a piece of 'pie' to complete your pie of 6 correct answers on questions from different topics and then you will be the winner of the game. Each colour represents a different topic of question as there are 6 different ones.
There are some differences to this game such as different variations. There is a clear the board mode where you can go through the game, alone, and you will be able to 'delete' different coloured sections whenever you answer a question correctly. This can be quite a fun game if you are able to answer lots of the questions correctly as you can have a quick game without having to spend too long playing. There is a friends and family mode also that is quite fun and is the one that has been played the most in our house. The questions are quite simple which means that everyone can get involved in this game.
On average one game can last anyway up to about 30 minutes which is enough time not to be bored at the end but short enough that just one game can be played in the evenings after work if we want to.
=== Price ===
Well the price of this will vary greatly and mine was actually received a while ago as part of a gaming bundle from Amazon and probably worked out at about £15.00 which was reasonable enough for the length of time that I played the game for. You can pick this up for just a few pounds now preowned and CEX currently sell this for just £2.00.
=== Overall opinion ===
This game is based quite well on the original and I feel like there is enough variety and change to make this a little more fun for the whole family, even the younger ones. The downloadable content for this game is quite relevant and there are a few different question packs that can be purchased to increase the longevity of the game. These vary in points and while they can seem a little bit expensive this does increase the longevity of the game quite greatly.
The graphics of this game are average, nothing special, but then there is not really any opportunity for amazing special effects and I suppose that I got what I was expecting with this game.
This game is not bad, the longevity is not the best but the downloadable content questions do add something extra to this game. I would probably prefer to play the original game, if I had to choose between the two, but this is quite fun and the different modes bring something extra to the game that you do not get with the board game.
I found that the achievements were mainly fairly easy but there were one or two that were designed to be very challenging and this did work because I ended up carrying on with the game just so I could earn those harder achievements. I did not complete all of the achievements on this game just because I got bored with it and that is the main reason for my 3/5 rating.
For me, Christmas is about spending time with family as well as eating and drinking lots! We normally like to play a game around Christmas and usually opt for the classic board games such as Pictionary or Taboo. However, this year we decided to do things a bit differently and buy the xbox version of Trivial Pursuit.
== The Game ==
Trivial Pursuit is an old favourite I am sure most of you would have already heard of and played. However, for those that are not familiar with it, Trivial Pursuit is a general knowledge based game where up to six individual players, or teams, move around the board answering questions in the following categories:
Arts and Literature
Science and Nature
Sport and Leisure
After starting in the middle of the board, you must land on the appropriate squares to play for a wedge that fits into your playing piece. You need to collect one from each category in order to win. To claim your victory you must move back into the center and answer one final question in a category of your choice.
For the purpose of this review I'll be discussing the multi-player classic game, but there are other modes to try (see other options).
== Controls ==
I am not a regular on the xbox but found the game very easy to play. We thought you might be able to control the board with the Buzz controllers, but we were wrong. Instead you play with the standard xbox controllers. You really only need to use the A and B buttons to confirm or go back and the analogue stick to select what answer you want or where you want your playing piece to move. The instructions come up on screen telling you exactly what to press, which is really helpful for those that do not use the xbox that often!
== My Opinions ==
I thought buying the digital version of the game would lose its appeal. I don't know about you, but I like handling the playing pieces and reading out the questions to my opponents. However, I had just as much fun with this version because of the variety in question styles. All questions are multiple choice and come in many different forms, for instance, word answers, picture answers or choosing a location on a map. It would be nice to see video clips for the entertainment section, but sadly this is unavailable.
The graphics are very good. The board is very colourful and when the questions appear they are very clear to read from a distance. The only thing I would say is sometimes it is difficult to see what places the world map is referring to in the geography questions, particularly if the places are very close together. Furthermore, the picture questions can be quite ambiguous as to what they represent, so it becomes quite the guessing game! The playing pieces are animated which was quite amusing in the beginning, but does it really need to grow wings and fly across the board if it is just moving one space?!
The music is not as annoying as I had anticipated. Without it, it would lose its appeal, so I certainly would not play on mute. The commentator also makes remarks such as 'why did you take so long to answer?' or 'you look proud of yourself' which can get quite repetitive and sometimes do not make much sense!
You get to earn achievements throughout the game and they come up at the bottom of the screen rather frequently for those of you who collect xbox points. Excuse me if I am wrong here, I am not aware of the system.
I have played this game many a times now and have not had the same question come up twice, which shows you how many questions this game must include.
== Difficulty and Longevity ==
The questions vary quite a lot... some of the time they are really easy and the answer will practically be given away in the wording of the question, and others are extremely difficult or confusing. I guess this obviously depends on the level of your general knowledge! In my opinion, the questions would probably be suitable for ages 16 plus. We found the entertainment questions the easiest of the bunch and often opted for these given the choice. The first game we played, the questions were overly difficult for player 1 and player 2 were racing ahead. Even the commentator commented on it! It did not feel very fair in the level of difficulty each player got.
An average game lasted around 45 minutes in my family, but obviously this varies quite a lot. However, each question is timed so the player can't take too long discussing and thus deciding on their answer.
== Cost and Availability ==
We bought this game from the xbox online store on our console instead of in a shop, so we did not receive the disk or the packaging, hence saving time and the environment! I was surprised by the cost of the game because we were buying this way... Having never bought a full game from the store before, I expected them to be around £5-7! Instead, we paid £19.99. I have not seen the game in the shops before, so I'm not sure how this compares to buying it in the high street, but gameseek.co.uk has it for £29.97, which I think is FAR too pricey!
The game took quite a while to download (around an hour) but I would imagine this depends on your internet connections, so bare that in mind. You can also buy extra packages featuring more questions from the online store.
== Other Options ==
As well as the multi-player classic game, there are other options to choose from. We tend not to play these modes as much as the classic version, but I thought it would be useful.
You can choose to play as a single player in 'clear the board', where you navigate the board and answer questions for points. The purpose of this game is to beat your own score (and obviously revise for future games!)
'Facts, Family and Friends' mode where you bet whether your opponents will get the answers right, wrong or whether you yourself can answer it. If you win the bet, you also win a quarter of the wedge and half the wedge if you can answer the question. This means you may not have to land on the square to gain that wedge space.
== Overall Opinion ==
I am very pleased with the xbox version of this game. It is a good game to play with family and friends around this time of year. I think it is a fun alternative to other classic board games. The only thing I feel lets it down is the price of the online store version. If you saw it for around £5 then it is worth the money, but otherwise, you may as well buy the physical board game that you can keep beyond the xbox breaking down!
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Firstly, I got this game as part of a bundle with a controller and the fantastic Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box for £25 and when I got it, I didn't hold very high expectations for the game. One reason for this is that there are no good board to video games, and the second being that I've rarely been inclined to play Trivial Pursuit in board form, let alone on a console.
Methods of Play
The general idea of the game is the same idea as in the board game, Trivial Pursuit, however there are a few other modes. The versions in the video game are:
Clear the Board - You travel around the board answering questions until you have answered all of the wedge questions and finished. You get a score for this.
Facts, Family and Friends - You take it in turns to answer questions but when you are not answering questions, you bet on whether the person answering the question will get it right, wrong, or if you think you know the answer. If you say that you know the answer, and they get it wrong, then you get the chance of answering the question. If you bet correctly, then you gain a quarter of a wedge. You earn half a wedge for answering the question correctly. There is also a bonus square in this format, where you can get many different things, such as the option to teleport to any square on the board, or you can enter a wedge off where you can try and stead a friends wedge. When all of the wedges have been won, they are changed into lives, and you all have to answer the same question at the same time using your gamepad. This brings a bit of tension, suspense and pressure to the game. Personally, this is my favourite mode and without this mode, this game would lack any sort of longevity or fun.
Traditional Version - You play with friends and the first person to get all of the wedges from all the chosen categories is the winner.
The game is not easy, yet it is not difficult. The questions are varied and cover a wide range of subjects, so it is difficult to comment on how hard people will find the questions because everyone will have a subject which they are best at and one which they struggle with. This gives a good balance to the game and leaves everyone with a chance of winning.
There isn't much to say about the games sound. There is no music except for on the title menus and the sound effects will be largely ignored by you. There is a narrator of sorts who will give the odd comment, however these comments are often childish and will not appeal to the older generation who were brought up with this as a board game.
It's a board game essentially so, it doesn't really have graphics. It is in 3D however which is nice, and the board colours are easy to distinguise between each other which is also good but that's about all I can say about the graphics.
The single player modes will get boring after just a few go's and there is no online play but the multiplayer modes such as Facts, Family and Friends are a good laugh and you should get a good few hours of fun out of them. Also, the questions are varied and I rarely have received a question twice which shows the vast number of questions included in the game. Overall though, the replayability isn't great unless you're a board game addict.
The achievements for the game are very easy and quick to get. You should be able to get 600G within 2 hours of gameplay and all 1000 within around 5 hours which is great if you like you're gamerscore.
The overall verdict for this game is so-so. The achievements are easy and quick to get, it is a bit of a laugh and you might learn a thing or two however, it's not great if you play it on your own and it lacks substance. I wouldn't be happy if I had paid the retail price of £40, or even a reduced price of say £20 so, I would steer clear of this cash-in board game. However, if you've got some family coming over, and have seen it for £5 or so, then pick it up as it can be a good fun and you might find people showing their competitive streaks.
2.5/5 (rounded to 3 for Dooyoo)
I'm generally very sceptical about this sort of game. I mean, why not just buy the board game, especially since it's available for less than the advertised RRP of the video game version.
Luckily for me and many others (it would appear after seeing other reviews) I was lucky enough to pick it up as part of a package with Burnout Paradise and an extra controller for much less than the game would normally retail for separately.
Because of the price, this will be a largely positive review for a polished translation of the classic board game, perhaps not so glowing at full price though.
First things first, the thing that's always plagued quiz games as video games is the repetition of questions that can quickly turn multiplayer sessions into fastest finger sessions. On that note Trivial Pursuit does quite well. It took several days of extended plays before the deja vu kicked in and I was noticing repeated questions. The game was also quickly supported with downloadable content (at least it is on 360, not sure on PS3) some of which was free and other packs charged for which I was happy to pay out for after getting the game for so little and enjoying it a great deal.
Now. My enjoyment of the game is pretty much down to my love of Trivial Pursuit generally. If you don't like the board game, you won't like this. Saying that, I know people personally who complain about Trivial Pursuit being a bit staid or outdated, which is a fair point as i'm sure many people will have had sets for years and not bought new question packs which kind of undermines its position as a family game as it will most certainly favour older players. This as a new game of course has an all new question set full of questions about contemporary films and culture. The USSR has now separated and Ronald Reagan is no longer President in this game.
I'm assuming that everyone understands the cheese gathering premise of Trivial Pursuit. Well, this does all of that as well being able to intergrate visual puzzles as well (kind of essential I think as it would be pretty dull on screen if you only ever saw the board but some will no doubt criticise it for not keeping with tradition.
These visual questions range from the basic 'name the actor' to more sophisticated 'find the location on the map' type questions where you are required to know the answer basically, as well as being able to locate it geographically. This idea is great, however I did find the difficulty balance was off as the UK based questions were easy but the US ones (there are many) were far more difficult, partly due to the imprecise pointing system. For example, one question was to find the city that Rocky is set in. I thought great, I know the answer! The problem was that the game threw up three options all in the same corner of the map with very little space separating them. Frustrating.
Still, despite its flaws I did enjoy playing it with family and on my own (to rinse for achievements) so i'd recommend it highly as it's without peers on XBOX 360 and that doesn't seem likely to change anytime soon.
I got this game for Christmas this year and I played with my family. I was actually quite suprised at how much fun it was. I think it is a fantastic game.
Basically, it is based on the worls famous trivial pursuit board game which was realesed quite a few years back. The aim of the game is to be the first person to travel round the board picking up all 6 cheese wedges and then return back to the middle. On the way on each square you land on you are asked a question on a different topic. The topic could be history, science and nature, English literature, geography or art.
The xbox version is exactly the same as the board came except from the is no board and the whole game is on the tv screen. There are also a few other options like a quick fire game mode where once I player has a wedge for a certain topic all of the questions on the board about that topic disapear therfore the board gets smaller and the game is shorter. In this mode you also get to bet on whether you will get the question right or wrong.
Overall I think it is a great game to play with family or friends
When I was looking to purchase a new game that all of the family could play, there was no other option but Trivial Pursuit. The game is packed with thousands of questions on six different topics. The topics are Entertainment, Sport & Leisure, History, Art & Literature, Geography and Sciene & Nature.
The game is a very fun game to play and people of all ages can play and enjoy this title. There are a few different game types, which are; Clear The Board, Multiplayer and Classic mode.
The questions can get a bit repetitive if you play the title a lot but normally you will get questions you haven't seen on the game below. One of the main advantages of this game is that EA provide different content available for download on the marketplace to help you have different games after release. I believe that a Movies section was added in the recent download.
Overall, I thought this game was a great addition to the already great line-up on the Xbox 360 and provides everyone with hours of fun. I would give this game a 4 out of 5, and would recommend it to anyone.
Seeing this in a very good offer from a shop in a bundle I decided to buy with the excellent Burnout Paradise Ultimate Box and Connect 4 for less than £15! Getting this I thought it would be quite bad and I was mainly correct.
Trivial Pursuit on the Xbox 360 has the same general idea as the traditional board game. You have the board with the different coloured squares and then special squares for each colour which if answered correctly give you a wedge. The first person to get all the wedges from all the chosen categories is the winner.
The video game version is worse than the board game version which did not surprise me as I do think that board games shouldn`t be changed to video games as they were designed to played on a board and think that they are a way for old games to make it bit more money. The questions are fairly easy although a few of the questions require you to put the answer on a map and I am fairly useless at this as my knowledge of the world is not fantastic!
Included in the video game are a couple more game types which are designed to be played on a game console and are admittedly slightly better. My favourite is the Friends and Family mode as you take it in turns and while not answering the question you can bet whether the person is going to be correct or not which adds a little bit more to do and does make the game a little, just a little bit more exciting. If you bet correctly you earn a little bit of a wedge and you also earn wedges for answering questions correctly. This game type also has a few little differences including event squares which include teleporting to any square you choose or the opportunity to steal your opponents wedge in a wedge off. The other mode is clear the board which is played one player and is less fun as you just go about the board on your own and just answer questions and is Ok a couple of times through.
Very disappointedly this game has no online which I think is just plain lazy on EA`s part because it would have made the game a lot better and could be enjoyed by playing anyone, anytime and would make sense as a board game is meant to be played multiplayer and I think this really makes the game a lot worse. Learn from this in future board game video games!
The graphics are decent but could have also been made better. The board and pieces are easy to see and another plus is that it is 3D and nice and colourful. I think they could have improved it by giving you a choice of board with themes or something though as it certainly is not spectacular.
The length will vary massively from person to person but for most people because it depends on how many times you want to play it. This could range from about 2 to about 50 but I reckon most people will probably play the game about 10 times which is very bad for a retail game as the games are quite short. However a plus point is that EA have released other packs of question which may make the game a bit better but these packs do have a cost. Also I have so far never had the same question twice which is good and shows there are lots of different questions.
Trivial Pursuit does not really have any sound as there is no music (I think, if there is it is either rubbish, really quiet or just OK as I don`t remember it!) There are a few sound effects but I don`t think these are particularly good and are just a bit rubbish.
Overall, I would not recommend Trivial Pursuit as I think it would have been better if it was released as an arcade game released for 800 Microsoft points rather than a full retail game with an RRP of £40. The game is not awful but I would not recommend buying it separately as it does not have much different from the traditional game and with not very good graphics, sound and especially the fact there is no online play which is just plain lazy I think Trivial Pursuit should either be bought very cheaply e.g. less than £5 or only in a bundle but preferably not at all!
£30 at shops like Play.com Game and Game station
2/5 Not recommended as it should have been an arcade title and EA have been plain lazy especially not including online play.
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Basically, all this game is, is a virtual version of the board game with a couple of extras thrown in.
The game is simple. All you do is move around the board trying to answer the questions presented when you land on a certain colour. Each different colour represents a different category and if you answer the question correctly you gain a wedge of the that colour for your wheel. Once to attain all six wedges your wheel is complete and you win. The one who completes their wheel first is the winner. I kind of missed the oint with the virtual game because I don't really see why you can't just play the old board game. Ok, it's easier to set up but certainly not worth the money.
I was expecting it to prove it's usefulness with the other optional game modes it offers but to my surprise it did not. The other game modes include: clear the board, multiplayer and another variation on the multiplayer one. The only one specifically unique to the virtual game is the one player as the rest are perfectly able to be played on the board. To be honest though the single player kind of misses the point of the game as the whole purpose of the game is that it is meant to be played with people.
To conclude, I don't see the point of this game - if you want to play it, go out and buy the board game, it's cheaper and a lot more fun.
For the most of us Christmas is a time for family. Three things spring to mind when I think of my Christmases; food, TV and games. Food because I stuff myself to the point of breaking; TV because I used to go through the Radio Times and use a red pen to highlight all the films I had not seen; and games because it was the one time of the year that we would gather as a family to play boardgames. Boardgames such as 'Trivial Pursuit', the adults would have their set of questions whilst we had ours. Wits were pitted against one another; some found floundering in an alcoholic haze, the others in a haze of sugary e numbers. With EAs partnership with Hasbro there is an influx of boardgames being released as computer games. How can putting a boardgame onto a TV screen possibly work? Not ideally as it so happens.
'Trivial Pursuit' on the 360 follows the basic premise of the well known game. You are given a board consisting of coloured squares and special 'pie' squares. The idea of the game is to traverse the board answering the questions that correspond to the given colour e.g. Orange = Sport and Leisure. The eventual aim is to be the first person to answer one 'pie' question of each type correctly and get to the centre board.
The computer game version has a copy of this were you play the traditional game. Unfortunately, this is by far the worst game type due mostly to the questions. Not wanting to brag my partner and I found them very easy! We ended up having a game where I would answer 15 or so questions in a row correctly, then my partner. The turnover of the dice was far too slow and you spent 10 minutes waiting for your turn. If you wish to play a traditional version of 'Trivial Pursuit' the original game is still the way to go.
However, there are a couple of other game types that make it worthwhile. Firstly, the single player 'clear the board' mode is a quick blast that sees you shrink the board every time you answer a 'pie' question correctly. A fun distraction, but only worth a game or two. The main mode is a take on 'Trivial Pursuit' geared towards a console generation. This mode allows all the players to be involved in every question. You take it in turns and whilst someone answers, the rest of the players bet whether they think they will answer correctly, or wrongly. Pies are given not only for answering 'pie' questions, but if you bet well enough! This mode is far more involving fun and uses a lot more of the 360 trappings in the form of visual puzzles e.g. place a pin on a map.
The Friends and Family mode does lift the game a lot and makes it fun to play for a while. Unfortunately, the easy questions and lack of variety means that it is a short lived high. With the gameplay tweaked for the 360 'Trivial Pursuit' just manages to warrant its existence. (3 out of 5)
With each individual game only being around 10-30 minutes in length the lifespan of 'Trivial Pursuit' is all about repeat play. I have played it a lot and have not found the questions repeating themselves, although they are quite easy. EA are still regularly issuing question packs to prolong the life, but many of these cost extra. I probably got 8 hours out of this before becoming numb with it - not too bad, but not good enough (2 out of 5)
After the gameplay and longevity aspects 'Trivial Pursuit' starts to show its lack of ambition. There is no online at all! The game is so simple that online should have been easy to implement. Having no way of playing people online in a party game like this on the leading online console platform is not good enough and smacks of laziness and cashing in. (1 out of 5)
I know that a Trivial Pursuit game is never going to be the most mesmerising of games, but could EA have not put more effort in? On the plus side the board is clear and realised in 3D. The questions are printed cleanly with a font that is easy to read. This is the very basic elements that I would demand. The rest is lazy, lazy, lazy. The board floats in a dark void; they could easily have some interesting themed backgrounds. There is only one board; once again themes would have added interest. Finally, the animation of the playing pieces is so bland; you see all of them after 5 minutes and are then forced to watch them again and again with no ability to skip. The graphics in this game would be hard pushed to fill a cassette tape for the spectrum, never mind a DVD. For a game that retails at £40 it is an insult - at best these graphics suggest it should be an 800G XBLA game to download online. (1 out of 5)
The UK version of 'Trivial Pursuit' is in fact the EU version. Therefore, if you want to torture your kids you can force them to play in French. The voice over man in the British version is a little wimpy for my liking and with no real music and lacklustre sound effects there is little to write home about. (2 out of 5)
Updating a traditional boardgame onto a console as powerful as the 360 was always going to be a hard sell for me. The key is pricing as I am willing to let a lot slide in a game that costs £8, were a game costing £40 should be in-depth and worthwhile. 'Trivial Pursuit' is nowhere near worth £40 as the graphics and sound make it look like a downloadable game. To be fair I did enjoy playing it several times, but I also got it cheap. At its heart it is a solid family game with some interesting modes that are worth trying out. I believe that most people will get a copy of this free with any 360 they buy with an additional pad and the game has probably found its level as a pack in game. With no online mode the game reeks of cheapness and should only be bought for £10 or less. (2 out of 5)
Maker: EA RRP £40
Amazon uk £15.71
Gather up your pies and wedges, round up friends and family and join in the fun Electronic Arts Inc. as it celebrates the 25th year of Trivial Pursuit by offering new ways and places to play one of Americas favorite board games. TRIVIAL PURSUIT will be released on multiple digital platforms including online at Pogo.com, across several consoles and on mobile phones.