Because there apparently aren't enough trivia video games out there, Electronic Arts just released one based on Trivial Pursuit for all major gaming consoles.
That means the board game is now on the Playstation 2, Playstation 3, Wii and Xbox 360. The PS2 version will sell for US$30 and the rest will sell for $40. This is the latest title born of the deal cut between EA and Hasbro.
"TRIVIAL PURSUIT brings Hasbro's classic trivia board game to life with a fresh, innovative style coupled with a diverse assortment of classic categories and new questions that will appeal to every kind of trivia buff in the family," said Chip Lange, General Manager of EA's Hasbro Division. "We're also introducing new ways to play that will keep everyone engaged, competitive and on the edge of their seat. Players will need to bring their wealth of knowledge to the game, as well as a detailed understanding of what their opponents may or may not know in order to run the board to victory."
The game features three game modes:
Classic, which mimics traditional board game play.
Clear the Board, a single-player experience that challenges players to race against the clock to earn multipliers for the highest possible score.
Facts & Friends, a highly social multiplayer mode of play where scoring is based on team responses and guessing the opposing team's ability to answer their trivia question correctly.
The game's profile feature will also allow gamers to track and analyse their performance statistics and compare their strengths and weaknesses to their opponents. A ticker will also scroll across the bottom of the screen through-out game play to let players know how they compare to the competition.
"The TRIVIAL PURSUIT brand is celebrating 25 years of testing the knowledge of multiple generations based on the millions of families who have played the game over the years," said Mark Blecher, General Manager of Digital Media and Gaming at Hasbro. "EA's re-imagination of the time-honored classic for the digital consumer is nothing less than over-the-top fun that's expected to be a big hit with scores of long-time as well as new TRIVIAL PURSUIT fans."