Trivial Pursuit: Bet You Know
Lots of modes; FUN to play despite quirks
My 2 sisters and I just played this for the first time last night -- for at least 4 hours. We had SO much fun. You can play classic trivial pursuit with classic rules; you can play classic trivial pursuit on quick mode (our favorite mode BY FAR) in which each player bets whether the answering player knows the answer or not (or whether you know it); or you can play the Bet You Know It mode, in which you bet a certain amount of chips on whether the answerer would get it right or not. We all found this mode to be a bit bizarre, because it was so different from classic. You land on a spinning wheel, can answer the category you land on or spend some chips to swap it for a neighboring category, or (if you land on this option) buy a wedge without answering a question. There are also SUB-categories to choose from before the question goes to betting. Some of the instructions through the tutorials can be confusing, but I found it was easy to learn as you play and just trust they would make sense once you got to playing. Also, the instruction manual probably explains things pretty well-- we just never opened it. I'm not sure how long the stock of questions would last, but during the time we played, we didn't have any repeat questions. I'm SURE we're going to play some more today. The quick mode, entitled "Facts and Friends", on the classic board was true to the spirit of the game, but way more fun as every person got to participate in every question. I think one of those games lasted about 30 minutes, so it's good if you don't want to spend hours playing. You can also save games to return to later, and there's a movie mode (within the classic mode) which makes all the questions film-related. There are strange quirks in the game design (at one point, you're supposed to press + to start the game, but once the first player does, you're supposed to press 1 to confirm. I don't understand the logic of changing the button), but they don't affect the real gameplay. Also, the text was pretty small-- we either had to sit within 5 feet of the tv and/or put our tv on zoom mode, which cut off the edge of the screen. It wasn't too bad (you couldn't fully read the categories, but we knew what they were), except in the Bet You Know It mode, when I couldn't see how many chips I had in my bank. After a while, I just read every question out loud to the others wouldn't struggle to read. All downsides taken into account, it's still a super fun game that I'd recommend to any trivia lover (or casual party). We had a blast.