Fun for family game night
My family and I love this game! It is one of the games "on rotation" when we go to my parents house. Sure, it's not perfect. Yes, some of the geography questions are hard because the places aren't labeled. But who cares? We are playing this to have fun, not to get every question right. It definitely fulfills that requirement. The "twist" to the party mode game is a lot of fun. Basically, you bet on whether or not the person whose turn it is knows the answer or doesn't (or, if you think YOU know it). If everyone bet against you, and you get it right, you get more points than if everyone knew you would get it (these points add up to wedges). We haven't experienced any issues whatsoever reading the words, but my parents have a bigger TV, so maybe that's why. Maybe just assign someone to read the question aloud if you are all having a hard time reading it? The game isn't without its faults (the graphics are just average, plays the same song over and over) but it is really fun to play with family.
Not the best translation
Trivial Pursuit is terrible. The font is very-very difficult to read and there is NO way to adjust it. Some questions are easy while others are hard, for example identify which country this picture come from and they are not pictures of architecture, style and fashion or people. Also the geography questions force you to know map locations with no guides other than continental outlines. Plus there is a really annoying commentator. We spent most of out time trying to read the questions before we had to hurriedly answer before the timer ran out. This game was no fun, and the question selections were sometimes off, ie some questions were categorized incorrectly, for example science fiction questions were in "science" when they should have been in "art and literature". I was very disappointed that EA done such a poor execution on such a great game without any sort of quality assurance. Do not waste your time and money on this game.
Dysfunctional Pursuit: skip this!
I've played the board game version when it came out in the 80s. I decided to try the Wii version. Big mistake! The first annoyance cropped up fairly quickly. The text is unreadable. Game setup was frustrating. I couldn't tell which button I had to press to start the game. The font is obscenely small and thin. I found myself squinting trying to read the questions especially against the colored timer bar! The second thing that cheesed me off were the Geography questions. The locations were not labeled. Seriously?! On the board game, you'd get the name of places. The map looked very realistic but it would be too difficult for people weaker in Geography. The third annoyance was the announcer. For old-school folks, he reminded me of a snider version of the "You Don't Know Jack" The game was so much better when I turned him off! So much could have been done with this game. I think EA wanted to make a quick buck with this throwaway game!
Classic and One With a Twist
This version of Trivial Pursuit has several game styles for one or more players. What I like about this game is that they have a game for one person where there are objectives and goals. (Twenty of them) The main objective of the one player game is to answer as many questions correctly as possible BEFORE attempting to achieve the "WEDGE". It is fun and challenging to see how high of a score you can accomplish by the end of the game. Depending on your save habits, you may save multiple times to different locals on this game. There are 2 different multiple player games as well. The classic, which can be an extremely long and drawn out game if you don't know a lot of answers, and the friends game. The friends game is fun because you can bet against or with your friends on knowing the answers. As wedges are won, the board will shrink and wedges become life lines. If you answer a final trivial question incorrectly, you lose a life line, etc. You can choose your questions. They have: Classic/Standard questions, Movie questions or a combination of both. I found the movie questions a lot easier for younger pre-teens to play than the standard questions.
Fatal design flaw
I am a Trivial Pursuit junky. I also own the Wii game Smarty Pants, and like it well enough. I thought Trivial Pursuit would be even better. I was wrong. The questions are typical Trivial Pursuit level--some are ridiculously easy and others are the sort of things that would only be known by a PhD in the area. Disappointingly, the game doe not take advantage of the technology in any meaningful way. There is no way to have the questions read aloud. There are no entertainment or arts questions using musical examples. There are questions using visual examples. However, they are very poorly executed. The pictures are too small and at least a few have very poor contrast. The voice over announcer isn't bad but it gets really annoying after a while. The game has one fatal flaw and it is simply inexcusable coming from a prominent video game manufacturer such as EA. The questions are almost impossible to read! The typeface is very small and has a very thin stroke weight. Even worse, the type is not easy to read black on white, but difficult to read black on color. I can only conclude that EA did absolutely no usability testing. It really doesn't look like they put much thought into presenting the questions at all.
It may be good
I think that this game may not be all that good. I mean Habro Family Fun Night wasn't all that fun and it was based on a bunch of good games. Don't get me wrong though, I love trivial pursuit the bord game. I can tell you one thing though, I am getting it when it comes out!