It may be more straight-up trivia than it is Trivial Pursuit, but Trivial Pursuit Live! 2 is still worth considering if you enjoy quizzing with your friends.
This really isn’t Trivial Pursuit in anything but name, and bears little resemblance to the classic board game. If you’re a traditionalist, then stick to the board game version. But if you’re simply looking for a new, entertaining trivia game you can play on games night gatherings with your friends and family, Trivial Pursuit Live! 2 is certainly worth a look.
Up to four players can play (or more, if you’re willing to team up), going head to head to be crowned quiz champion. Or whatever title you wish to give yourselves. Rather than play out like a digital board game, Trivial Pursuit Live! 2 is framed as if you’re taking part in a game show, complete with a host voiceover and a fancy TV set. It all looks quite nice, to be honest; bold, bright colours bring it to life, and a selection of very nicely crafted character models injects some much-needed personality. It’s a shame you can’t create your own characters, but it’s hardly necessary.
Rather than spend every round answering straightforward questions, you’ll play through a variety of round types. Alongside a straightforward general knowledge round, you’ll also be pitted against your opponents to be quick to select the best answer out of a list of possible answers. And in another round, you’ll have to chain together correct answers in order to succeed. Get one wrong, and you’re out of the game.
It all adds up to make a quiz game experience that’s fun and varied. You can choose whether you want to play a short (three-round) or long (five-round) game, and there’s even an option to opt for standard questions or family questions. Standard is aimed at adults, while family is designed to be easier, giving younger family members a fighting chance.
We did find, though, as is often the case with these types of games, that questions are geared more towards an American audience. We had little idea about US Civil War generals, or NHL team managers from the past. On the flipside, we did get a question about art installations in the United Kingdom, so maybe we were just unlucky with the majority of questions we were given.
Trivial Pursuit Live! 2‘s questions come from the standard Trivial Pursuit categories: Entertainment, History, Arts & Literature, Science & Nature, Geography and Sports & Leisure. It’s here that the similarities with the original game start and end. You do earn wedges, but these come after racking up a certain number of points rather than mastering a category. So if you know nothing about a couple of the categories it doesn’t matter. There’ll be a mix of everything asked at you throughout a round, and you’ll occasionally get the chance to pick a category of your choice, too.
If you don’t feel like playing Trivial Pursuit Live! 2 as a party game, you can take the action online and face off against other players. There’s also an integrated Twitch streaming mode if that’s your thing. But that’s it in terms of modes – it feels rather light on content, and we think that after one or two short games, you’ll probably have played enough for one sitting.
We do enjoy a good party game, and Trivial Pursuit Live! 2 fits the bill well enough. If you revel in general knowledge quizzes, there’s a good range of questions on offer, and some interesting rounds to take part in. It’s all presented very nicely too, with jazzy visuals and lovable character models. But if you’re expecting something that resembles a classic game of Trivial Pursuit, this isn’t it.
Trivial Pursuit Live! 2 review – GameSpew’s score