Trivial Pursuit Reviews

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Tasty Pastry
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Tasty Pastry
TA Score for this game: 1,508
Posted on 31 October 09 at 07:56
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Trivial Pursuit Review
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Single Player
Trivial pursuit is a game we all know very well from bad movies or from finding the 1970s version packed away in our basement. The game is to the point, and you probably already know it, but I’ll explain the basics here. You have a “pie piece” (which is a circle with 6 open slots). The object of the game is to fill those slots with the different colored pieces of the board. You do this by answering trivia questions correctly as you play through the game. Each color square that you land on on the board correlates to a type of question. You’ll see categories such as sports, movies, history, art and literature, geography, and science and nature. In the classic game you only get a piece when you land on one of the large squares, spaced evenly around the board in a circle. Getting any other square right just allows you to reroll the die in an attempt to get to one of those squares. Collect all the pieces and return to the center for a “final question” and you’ve won the game. In other words, it’s a trivia based card game that happens to have a board that therefore creates more luck.
There is only one real mode for the single player to play in this game, and it is a slight altercation of what I just previously described. You try to collect all the pieces, as I stated above, but as you do collect some of the parts of the board disappear, making it a more faster-paced game. There is also a time stat initiated when you start the game, and it is supposed to be a challenge to see how quickly you can beat the game. You’ll only be playing against yourself – no computer – so basically you’re striving to beat your time high score. There is also a point system located in the game, which is amplified by a multiplier by getting consecutive questions of each category correct before going for the big square piece to fill your pie.
The mode is absolutely lackluster if you’re getting that impression from my wording. Since you have no competition at all, it isn’t that fun. Yes, you’re trying to beat yourself in time and score, but there is a reason leaderboards went obsolete so many years ago. Yea, there is online leaderboards, but basically the people with the high score are the people who have cheated / looked it up online / played the game so many times they are memorizing the answers. What I’m trying to say is that the board itself, with its score multipliers and time counting, are pretty pointless. Basically if you’re playing this mode you’re playing because you want to answer trivia questions, because, well, trivia questions are fun, as to why jeopardy and who wants to be a millionaire were such big successes on television.
Final Single Player Score: 5/10

Multiplayer
The multiplayer is where this game makes its stand. When you bring up the main menu it basically directs you towards the multiplayer with the cursor. You have a couple modes to choose from. You can play the classic mode alongside your friends, or you can check out the different rules section. Either way the game will give you the choice of either designating the one controller to be shared amongst everyone (if you only have one) or to give each person their own controller. Once in the game you’ll establish turn order and proceed accordingly. Clearly this is what the game developers wanted you to play the most, and it’s exceedingly obvious. You can’t have computers in this mode either, which means, yes, you must have friends for it to be worth playing. Beyond that the game plays as you would expect.
As I pointed out, there are no computers, so if you are friendless (or it is 3 am and you want to answer trivia questions), you’ll have to play the single player mode which can be a little, disappointing. Otherwise you could make yourself a dummy person using the one controller, and play both accounts, if you’re really that dedicated to doing so. It just makes it kind of frustrating though, and takes away the innocent joy of answering trivia questions. But overall the multiplayer is good in that it’s a game everyone can easily understand how to play (you answer trivia questions. You get pieces. Collect all pieces. Win.) and you can play with 4 characters. I say characters because you honestly could play with more people if you had more at your party, just assign them to work together in teams or something with one person controlling the controller. In that way the game becomes an excellent “party game” if you aren’t into too wild and crazy nights. In the same sense, it’s also a good boyfriend/girlfriend game in that there are no difficult controls to figure out or anything like that. It’s a lazy “sit back and enjoy” type feel.
Final Multiplayer Score: 9/10

Graphics
I’d be lying to you if I said the graphics utilized all of the xbox 360’s potential, but what do you want. It is a board game to begin with, so yes, you’re going to see a board. When your piece moves during gameplay it will jump around for some reason that is a slightly interesting animation at the least. When the card flashes up at you they at least try to make it somewhat special. The biggest example of this is in the art/literature questions when they show you four pictures individually as you attempt to identify one of them in some way. Those pictures look nice – it isn’t like they just copied and pasted them out of google images at least. When parts of the board are removed during the single player gameplay it twirls and falls apart and stuff, which isn’t going to make you go “WHOA!” but it is fine for what they had the possibility to do. Also you can use your avatar as a picture character when you choose who you want to play as (and when they show the winner at the end), and you’re animated and what not. They also have generic people like they have in Uno for the computers that will do a little dance at the beginning and end. It’s nothing noteworthy, but there’s nothing wrong.
Final Graphics Score: 7/10

Sound
When your pieces moves it will make the classic tapping on the board sounds. When a card is picked up it will make the swish sound that you would hear in real life. When parts of the board are removed in single player it will make some cool removal sounds and what not. But overall the sound is pretty lackluster. The game has some laid back music to it. You won’t really notice it. I muted mine after a while and put on some music on my computer.
Final Sound Score: 7/10

Achievements
The achievements in this game are…annoying and disappointing in my humble opinion. You’re looking at achievements that basically require you to not get a question wrong during a game in each category, and achievements that require you to use repetitively poor strategies to win. Basically you’re going to end up doing this with a controller and a dummy account. There are achievements in each of the modes, so you’ll have to move around. You’re going to need to get all of the questions right for many of these to unlock, so you’re going to need something like a computer with google loaded up. That being said I pulled 560 points (22 of 34 achievements) in about 2 hours time. I was returning it the next day though, so I went full at it. This all being said, basically, the minute you start typing into google, you’re basically ruining the purpose of the game (It is basically just trivia fired at you…) and there is only so many questions. Which means every time you look something up you’re going to severely hurt replay value. To be fair, much of the blame for these achievements should go to the developers who should have seen these major flaws coming when designing these achievements. To be fair to them, I can’t think of many types of other achievements to put in besides the cumulative win _____ amount of games in ____ gametype or what not. Though they could have been more reasonable and changed the achievements from “answer 100% of nature and science questions right in a game” to “answer at least 60% of nature and sciences questions right in a game”, just something that is practical that wouldn’t force cheating.
Achievements final score: 4/10

DLC
I greatly approve of the DLC for this game. They released the “movie pack” of trivia questions for free on xbox live so that you can get a substantial amount more of questions, which adds to the replay value. This may incline you to purchase the new trivia pack they also just came out with, which, probably, was their main intention. Beyond that you can get the generic themes and gamer pictures if you’re into that. I sense that there will be even more trivia packs to come in the future. The game itself yields towards easily created DLC, which is definitely an advantage, and can give the reason to pick it back up off the shelf.
Final score for DLC: 10/10

Total Final Score: 7/10

Pros/Cons:
Pros:
• A great game for when you have a bunch of friends over who want a more quiet night. The game lends itself well to creating a relaxing atmosphere while keeping the situation interesting.
• DLC possibilities mean that the game will constantly be generating new questions, which greatly increases the replay value.
• Electronic version on your xbox 360 means that you don’t have to buy the physical copy of the game at your local store. This should save you a substantial amount of money both in the intial purchase and in the edition update purchases in the future. Plus you don’t have to set it up and pack it back up.

Cons:
• I got bored of the single-player after two games. Meaningless score updated to a meaningless leaderboard gives little incentive to keep playing. There is no satisfaction in beating yourself most of the time.
• There are no computers to play against. While this makes some sense (Computers would know all the answers theoretically), they should figure it out. I mean they figure it out in other games. In super smash brothers brawl they can program the computers to fight you intelligently without them clearly knowing exactly what you’re going to do next, or else they’d never take damage. Same goes for Mortal Kombat and what not.
• Achievements force you to get out there and cheat. And when you do cheat you will be severely hurting the replay value of the game.
• Once you know the answers it may come down to luck between you and your friends of who gets the card that everyone already knows the answer to.
• The gameboard inspires a large amount of luck in dice rolling, which is part of the game of course, but can annoy the type of people who usually enjoy playing these types of games.
• You can see your avatar guy at the start and ends of the game, but it would be more fun if he/she walked around on the board instead of the pie piece.
• You may get frustrated at the geography questions. They show you a map with 4 points on them and tell you to pick the one that is the answer. I’ll know the answer will be some place in Slovakia or something, but I won’t be able to pick out Slovakia from the country with the point on it next to it. Therefore you’ll sometimes get questions wrong that you knew the answers to. You’ll also get questions right you didn’t know the answer to just by guessing since they provide you with four possible answers for each question. This severely changes the game from a jeopardy feel to a who wants to be a millionaire genre instead.

Other Comments:
I think the majority of people should rent this game. Rent it when you are going to have a small party with a couple of friends and you want something to do in the background. The single player doesn’t lend itself enough of a reason to warrant buying this game since you’ll need other people with you to actually enjoy it. And if you’re an achievement junkie you’ll probably ruin its purpose anyway by looking up questions online, destroying replay value very quickly. If you have a large family or are constantly having get-togethers and have a set income for buying DLC, this might be a buy for you. If you have few friends or rather few friends who enjoy video games (even if it is a board game) or few friends who enjoy trivial pursuit, you should avoid this game.
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Brasshande
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Brasshande
TA Score for this game: 1,508
Posted on 19 February 11 at 23:06
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This console version of the well-loved board game seems to have got a bit of a rough ride from the Xbox community, but i personally quite enjoyed it. There are three different modes of play, classic which is a multiplayer version the same as the original board game, Friends & Family which is another multiplayer version, but with bonus positions on the board and betting between the players on whether someone will answer correctly, and Clear The Board which is the single player mode where you try and answer questions fast to eliminate categories and win segments as quickly as possible. In this version, each space on the board can only be landed on once and a tick or cross is added depending on whether the question was answered correctly, all up against the clock. In all modes the same does apply, if you're not into your trivia, you will struggle and quite possibly not enjoy the game, as the questions, whilst not ridiculous, do edge on the difficult side. This being said, the world and his wife know how Trivial Pursuit works so you've no real grounds for complaint if you find you're not too keen. If you're into this sort of thing though, there's plenty of fun to be had, and most of the Achievements are fairly easy to come by, especially with a PC to hand and Wikipedia loaded up and ready to go. As the Achievement guide will readily tell you, pulling the battery pack from your controller pauses the game, which for obvious reasons you cannot normally do, meaning extremely high Gamerscore is not too difficult to come by. If you like quizes and want to ramp up your list of Achievements, this is probably the game for you. If you liked the original board game, you'll proabably like this too, honestly if you won't enjoy this you'll know yourself in advance. If you can pick this up on the cheap as the bundle double pack with Burnout Paradise then go for it, you'll probably not regret it........
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Pedle Zelnip
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Pedle Zelnip
TA Score for this game: 1,508
Posted on 03 June 09 at 08:52, Edited on 21 June 09 at 08:41
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As a bit of a fan of trivia games, I picked this one up thinking my wife & I would play it as we both loved the Scene It games. Perhaps my expectations were somewhat biased by those games, but I found this one to be a complete disappointment in just about every way.

First off, let’s start with an overview of the game. There's three different modes to play: classic (which is essentially just like the board game) with up to 4 players, Friends & Family (again with up to 4 people), and Clear the Board which is for a single player.

All modes share the same sets of questions, and there are of course question packs available as DLC on the XBL marketplace (some are free, some are not).

Clear The Board is relatively simple: every time you land on a square you get asked a question, and that square is then no longer able to be landed upon. Answer correctly and your multiplier for that category is increased. When you answer a wedge question correctly, the points for that question is multiplied by your multiplier for that category, and then all squares of that colour are cleared from the board. You win when you have cleared all squares (hence the name). However, playing a trivia game against yourself just isn't fun. The whole appeal of trivia games is to play them with friends/family so you can have bragging rights. What's the point of proving to yourself that you know what you already know you know? The achievements in this mode in particular really suck, as there are some for doing things like having a perfect game (answering 60 questions in a row correctly).

Friends and Family is kinda like a party mode, as it's the most "group friendly" mode. When a question comes up, you bet on whether or not the person will answer it correctly or not, and if you bet correctly you earn points towards that wedge. At the end when final question comes up, each wedge earned counts as a life, answer correctly and you keep your lives, answer incorrectly and you lose one of those lives. Once you hit zero lives you are eliminated from the game. This continues until there's only 1 player left with any lives remaining. It could be fun if you have a group of people, but it also seemed rather complicated and confusing to both my wife and I, and we both really just didn't have any fun with it at all.

But the first really big criticism of the game I have is shared amongst all the modes: the questions are BRUTALLY tough for the most part. Many questions are extremely obscure. For example, there's a "movie pack" of questions you can download as DLC, and I'd venture a guess that 70-80% of the questions are from foreign films, and not only foreign films, but obscure questions about foreign films. This meant that on average you'll get far more questions wrong than right, and that just kills the fun of the game completely.

Compounding this problem is the fact that the questions oftentimes don't match the categories. You'll see geography questions in pretty well any of the categories, or sports questions in science, or Literature questions in Entertainment. It just makes any kind of strategy impossible as it essentially means that every colour is a wild card where you can get a question that could be on any subject.

As well, the mechanics of the questions are problematic. For example, many questions involve "name this location" kind of questions (for example, "Where did .... occur?", or "What city is described in....", etc). This is fine, but the problem is the way it's done. Rather than choosing an answer from 4 textual choices, you'll have a map drawn on the screen with 4 markers placed on map and you have to pick the marker that is closest to the location in question. Essentially this means that questions that have nothing to do with geography turn into geography questions, as you might know that the answer is "New York" or "Afghanistan", or whatever, but because you can't pick out on a map where that is you get the answer wrong. As well, there are occasionally times when the markers are so close together it's very difficult to tell what the correct choice is even if you do know (geographically) where the location is.

In the case of questions where you are just given four textual choices (like in the board game) there are problems as well: instead of doing like say in Scene It where answer #1 is one button, answer #2 is another, etc, you have to use the left stick to select an answer from the four available, and then press A to confirm your choice. The problem is that occasionally you'll flick the stick up say to pick one answer, and the stick flicks back such that the choice bounces to the bottom and you end up accidentally picking a different answer from what you intended. Why not A, X, Y, B instead? Ironically this is done in the final question round of Friends and Family, but why they didn't do this throughout the game is puzzling.

There's also no XBL play at all. Given that two modes are multiplayer this makes no sense at all. The game is turn-based, so it's not like lag would be an issue.

The achievements are generally attainable quickly -- if you cheat. Due to the high difficulty of the questions, and the fact that many achievements require perfection, you'll have to resort to reading a question, pulling the battery from your controller to force the game to pause, fire up Google to research the answer, then answer the question (funny enough, even doing this there were still times I found questions I couldn't get the answer for). This is just the total opposite of fun. Getting many of the achievements "legitimately" would be very difficult.

There's also a TON of minor little problems which I wouldn't even have given a second thought to if the rest of the game was good, but because the experience is so poor the fact that the menus are sluggish, the visuals bland, there's only one musical track that is continuously played, the commentary is annoying, etc these things all just add up to make the experience that much worse.

And even as a budget title it feels overpriced. This should have just been an arcade game. It's not like Scene It where you have HD video and thus need the space provided by a DVD, a full install of this game was 3.4GB, however I wonder what it is in the game that takes up that much space.

Overall this was far and away the worst trivia game experience I've had on any platform. 1/5 stars for me.
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