Trivial Pursuit isn't all thieving and griefing, though; there are plenty of questions to answer as well. The usual categories are on display--history, geography, literature, entertainment, sports, and science--with questions from as recently as 2008, along with more historic offerings as well. The questions are as cunning as you would expect, but the difficulty comes from an overreliance on geographic knowledge. Every category includes questions that require you to point to a map for the correct answer. Sure, you may know where the final Tour de France stage is held, but can you point out Paris on a map of France? There is no reason geography should be sprinkled so liberally in science and sports when there is an entire category already devoted to map expertise. Although that quirk makes this game more frustrating than the board game, the fact that every question has a multiple-choice answer makes the game ultimately lean toward the easy side. Even a blind baboon can guess correctly when there are only four choices, so victory may not feel as satisfying to some as it does in the board game.
The most exciting thing about the visuals is the shiny board.
The biggest problem with this digital port, though, is the lack of online multiplayer. Being able to challenge players outside of your living room would have added a compelling reason to play this over the standard board game editions, and its glaring absence makes this game a bad value. The single-player Clear the Board mode is a lousy alternative to having access to a world of trivia fans at the push of a button. Both the visuals and the audio are also lacking. Some questions include pictures of animals, cities, or notable objects, which adds a little life to the package. However, the rest of the game lacks frills. The announcer dishes out such clever lines as "I reckon your score is so big it can be seen from outer space," but he repeats himself far too often, so you have to listen to his inane observations dozens of times per match.
Despite its problems, Trivial Pursuit is still fun because the formula tickles the inner trivia nut in everyone. But this flat port of the classic board game doesn't do much to lure you away from the cardboard original. The lack of online multiplayer is a big missed opportunity, but even players content to play locally will run into some issues. The overabundance of geography trivia is a bit off-putting, and trivia buffs may not appreciate the easier multiple-choice format. Facts and Friends mode is a silly twist on the formula, but Trivial Pursuit is too expensive and uninspired to be worthwhile.