Game: Trivial Pursuit: Bet you Know It
Genre: Party/ Trivia(Obviously, it’s in the name, duh)
Review by: MrB4
One board game that always frustrated me when people pulled it out at parties was Trivial Pursuit. It was the one place in the world where a bunch of useless information could come together and form an experience that was not only mind boggling, but also very frustrating at the exact same time. Apparently, EA thought it would be a good idea to recreate this time honored tradition in the form of a video game by releasing their own version of it back in 2009. I had a great time with that game, and apparently, so did many other people, because the company has just decided to release a sequel to it entitled Trivial Pursuit: Bet you Know It. Is this one just as much fun as its predecessor was? Let’s find out.
Fun Factor: This is one of those times where a game could only hold my attention for a short while before things got boring. The reason why I say this is because there are no other modes outside of the main one to change things up. Granted, playing through what they give you was fun, but there just wasn’t enough to it to make each situation different with multiple playthroughs. Somebody could basically follow the same technique every time and win almost every game.
Graphics: A pretty simple presentation on all fronts. Backgrounds tended to consist of one color, and the wheel itself was pretty dull and lifeless as well. One of the problems I had with the 2009 version was the fact that the text was too small to read, and things have not changed here. Combine this with a color scheme that would sometimes make an entire question unreadable until the very last minute, and you have a layout that is in desperate need of an overhaul. On a positive note, there was never any real slowdown as far as framerate is concerned, but I guess something like that is expected when a game has a simple design to begin with.
Gameplay: No real use of motion controls here, pretty much everything you do requires pressing one button in order to do it. While some people may think that this is a good thing, I personally don’t because it makes me feel like the developers rushed the product out to consumers instead of taking time to make things more interesting for the people who are going to play their game. That being said, the controls did work very well for the most part, and there were never really any times where the action I was performing didn’t respond to what was happening onscreen. Once again, this was a very simple set that just about anybody could understand.
Sound: One of the highlights from the previous version ( at least to me anyway) was the sarcastic background commentator that made fun of just about everything you did. Not having him around made everything feel boring, because when he was on a roll, at least some sort of tension was felt between players. Instead we are treated to what seemed like the exact same musical track playing on a loop over and over again until you can’t take anymore, and decided to hit the mute button in order to stop all of the insanity. I will never understand why developers decide to go this route, maybe they like hearing a song repeat on the radio so much that they think it will work the same way in a video game. It doesn’t.
Replayability: Quite possibly the saving grace of the entire package, but only for one reason, and that is because the previous version is included on the same disc as this one. There are no real extras to unlock, and aside from being able to play the game in single player mode, once you have played through the multiplayer mode with a friend, you have pretty much seen everything that this game has to offer.
Trivial Pursuit: Bet you Know It could have been a lot better if more time and care was put into the whole package to make it feel like more of a full game instead of an extra mode for one. If you are debating on picking this up because you can get two games for the price of one, please just buy the previous adaptation, you will definitely get more out of it than you would by picking this one up.
Final Score: 3 out of 5 stars
Trivial Pursuit: Bet You Know It
MSRP: $39.99 Trivial Pursuit: Bet you Know it (Wii)