Trivial Pursuit: Put your money where their mouth is


Buy or RollSo if you’ve been following my entries you will have realized I haven’t played many games I haven’t been happy with. I would say in part that is because I always opt for the word / party games over the more hardcore ‘role playing’ games. I do intend to branch out eventually- but for the time being I must write about yet another “party” game, this time in the trivia realm!

As you may have expected- I greatly enjoyed Trivial Pursuit. If you aren’t familiar, it is another simple- easy to catch on to game- great for a group of friends or family.

The objective of the game is to collect all 6 “pieces” in each color- which fit into your circular playing piece- by correctly answering trivia questions. Your questions are selected based on the color you land on on the board, and the category you select after (Geography – blue, Entertainment – pink, History – yellow, Arts & Literature- green, and Sports & Leisure (orange). The questions are ┬ádependent on the 4 cards placed in the envelope – which only reveal the “topics” until taken out. For example, if I landed on a pink space, I would then Trivial Pursuit reviewlook at the envelope provided with 4 random cards inside it- and pick which card to read the Entertainment question from based on my comfort level. On one turn, my choice of topics were (for entertainment) – The Midwest, Pigs, Flowers, and Presidents. I don’t remember what I picked, but I knew I was going to get the question wrong.

Gameplay wise- you select your playing piece, andplace it on a mutually agreed upon color on the game board. The board is designed in such a way that it is a series of different blocks of colors forming a large circular track. In between every few colored blocks is a space called “Buy or Roll again”. I forgot to mention that each player starts with15 points, or in this case- chips. ┬áThese come into play when your opponent is about to pick their topic. You literally bet whatever amount you chose for or against your opponents ability to answer correctly. So if you doubt your opponent is going to get a Geography question related somehow to Pigs, you may put your money on “wrong”. If you are right in your assumption, you will not only get your chips back- but the same amount given to you from the bank. If your opponent ends up being right- they get your chips. You want to collect as many chips as possible because you can then buy the pieces you need rather than hope you conquer troublesome categories. This can really save your butt if you aren’t a history buff or a cartographer. The winner is determined the moment the first player acquires all 6 pieces.Trivial Pursuit

I’d say my one problem with this game is connected to my problem with trivia in general. There are so many categories and topics that it’s literally next to impossible to get even 60% correct. If you’re lucky- or if you just know a lot about everything- then you’re fine. But for someone like me, who is proficient in certain areas and admittedly stupid in others- it can sometimes damper the spirit of an otherwise entertaining game.

I was playing an older edition so it’s understandable that the questions would be a bit out of my league but feeling stupid isn’t something you hope to experience when you’re just trying to play a game.

Assuming you’re with the right crowd, this game can be a ton of fun. If you’re with a temper mental, sensitive crowd peppered in with some sore losers- you may opt for something else haha. Again, just my take. I’d play again I’d just select the time, people and environment with care.


1-4 Too Much Awful
5-7.5- Not so Awesome
7.6-8.5 Almost awesome
8.6-9.4 – Awesome!
9.5-10- Totally Awesome!

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