Trivial Pursuit in Review – A Classic Made Handheld

I’ll be honest, I probably never would have got EA’s Trivial Pursuit if I hadn’t downloaded it for free on a promotion. However, I have to say that having spent some time with this classic trivia game, it is a fantastic App Store offering that will be staying on my iPhone for a long time to come.


I’m sure most of you know what Trivial Pursuit is, but for those of you that don’t, here’s a very brief recap. It’s a board game where each player must answer questions while strategically moving around the playing board. The first person to get to the space in the middle and answer a question correctly, wins. The questions are divided into six categories, all with their own set colour (these are the colours as per the iPhone app):

  • Geography (blue)
  • Entertainment (pink)
  • History (yellow)
  • Arts & Literature (purple)
  • Science & Nature (green)
  • Sports & Leisure (orange)

When you first fire up the game, you have several menus to choose from. The options here are simple: you either play against AI or someone else. You can set difficulty for the AI, and the Multiplayer options are Pass and Play, or WiFi. You can also make adjustments to suit your play style, for example, set how many seconds you have to answer each question, or if you wish, turn the timer off altogether.

In both single and multiplayer modes, the two options available to you are Classic and Pursuit. Classic mode is where you play on the ordinary circular board, and answer questions in each category. When you answer a question correctly, you get a wedge. Collect all six wedges to fill your ‘pie’ and then make your way to the centre of the board, where you must answer a random category question to win.

Pursuit mode is altogether different, and in my opinion, more fun. You have a board which is fairly linear, and you must get from one end to the other in the least number of questions. The quicker you answer questions, the more points you get, and the more spaces you move. So you’ll have to be quick off the draw here!

There is tiered scoring with the following merits: Gold, Silver and Bronze. The scores alter in each level, but basically if you get to the finish point in a certain number of moves, you’ll earn one of the above accolades. If not, then you get nothing. It’s fun to try and break your own records and try and get faster times. However, the board becomes more difficult, in that you’ll have rows of the same colour together, so you can’t attempt to skip your weakest category/ies. There are perks, though, like bonus squares which will give you extra time or move you extra spaces forward for answering correctly.

Overall, this is a game with a lot of mileage. The graphics are simple but polished, the music is fun but unobtrusive and the gameplay is pretty addictive, particularly if you’re into quizzes. You can even download new question packs if you find you’ve played the game so much that you’ve memorised all the answers! At 99 cents, each of these isn’t overly pricey, but given the price for the game you would think they’d throw one in to start you off. If board games are your thing, then you could do a lot worse than shelling out for Trivial Pursuit.

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App Summary
Title: Trivial PursuitDeveloper: Electronic Arts
Reviewed Ver:1.1.19Min OS Req:3.0
Price:$4.99App Size:26.9 MB
  • It’s fun
  • You can tweak the settings to apply to your own playing preferences
  • Pay to download new questions, so playing never gets old
  • A bit on the pricey side
  • Multiplayer only offers Pass and Play and WiFi. No Bluetooth option.

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