Review: Trivial Pursuit Live! (PS4)

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Platforms:

  • PlayStation 4
  • PlayStation 3

Cross Platform Information:

  • Cross-Buy No
  • Cross-Save No
  • Cross-Play No
  • Cross-Chat No
Title: Trivial Pursuit Live!
Format: PlayStation Network Download (794 MB)
Release Date: February 17, 2015
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Longtail Studios
Original MSRP: $14.99 (US), €14.99 (EU), £11.99 (UK)
ESRB Rating: E
PEGI: 3
Trivial Pursuit Live! is also available on PlayStation 3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360.
The PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 download versions were used for this review.
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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Trivial Pursuit was created in the holidays of 1979 in Montreal, Quebec. The popular board game is based on answering a series of general knowledge questions. Now Ubisoft brings this to their Hasbro Game Channel as the penultimate title in the series. But is it any good?

Gameplay:
Trivial Pursuit Live has been given a TV game show experience, with up to four players battling it out to see who can be crowned the winner. With more than 1,200 questions and seven different gameplay modes played randomly each time this is a refreshing update to the board game we all know and love.

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You can select from a few stereotypical contestants and alter their look before beginning the game. You can also select your preferred category but for some reason, not the signature color for your identity which means I’m stuck with the player one color: pink. A missed opportunity is the distinct lack of Ubisoft characters as contestants. It would have been funny and entertaining to have a Rabbid and Ezio from Assassin’s Creed playing alongside Rayman and even Mr. Monopoly. There’s no sign of any DLC either and the popular Star Wars Trivial Pursuit would have been a great add-on.

Aside from the bizarre contestants and a few minor issues the real star of the show is and always has been the questions. Thankfully they are presented very well in varying ways across the different sections. There are the standard multiple choice questions like you would expect and then there are things like the category bank, where players will choose multiple selections from a collection of sixteen answers. My favourite mode is where you are given five correct answers to a single question and everyone has to quickly stake a claim on one of those with the highest score going to the best answer. These tend to be questions like ‘Pick the country with the highest population.’

… attempts at online play were troublesome and annoying …
With the exception of a few poorly worded questions there haven’t been any impossibly hard ones and more often than not the computer A.I. also gets a decent amount wrong too so the weaker players won’t feel out-of-place. Of course the more knowledgeable players can opt to have more skilled A.I. opponents if they wish.

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I found it strange that the game decided to give the player in last place the first pick on a multiple choice question. They weren’t even that far behind everyone else and had only strayed into that position a few questions before. On several occasions both my wife and I have noticed that answering too quickly doesn’t always register and therefore you unknowingly miss a question. This can be very annoying especially if it’s near the end of the game.

Visuals:
Trivial Pursuit Live doesn’t have much going on yet still seems to struggle on the PlayStation 4 with noticeable pauses and frame skips that mire an enjoyable visual experience. I also found it strange that the audience in this fake game show game seems to be completely grey from head to toe, as if they’re all placeholders awaiting the actual audience.

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Audio:
Crowd cheers and applause add to the overall atmosphere of the game show experience as does a gentle and relaxing tune that plays in between rounds. The audio changes up to a more tense and agonizing tempo when a question is asked and the timer begins to count down.

Online/Multiplayer:
There is local multiplayer that can handle up to four players and works very well. You can play a multiplayer game where you pass a single controller around but I’ve found it ruins the flow and excitement of the game. So make sure you have enough of those expensive DualShock 4’s to go round.

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My attempts at online play were troublesome and annoying. I didn’t see a way to invite or join my friends and on a few occasions I sat waiting for it to find players for ages. Other times it found a few players quickly and everything seemed to go well. It played just like the single player experience until a message popped up inform me that it was again ‘Waiting for players’ then after a short while it would inform me the either I or everyone else had left the game. This happened every time and put me off the mode completely.

Conclusion:
If you like the board game then Trivial Pursuit Live is a nice video game alternative and worth playing. It doesn’t do anything exceptionally well but feels fresh and fun. An abundance of questions and a pleasing presentation makes this a good game to have when some friends come round. Just don’t try to play online.

Score:
7.5

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4.

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  • Angela may

    Never once has it let me play online always says waiting on players immediately after first question and than goes off after one of us gives up waiting. Nor can i invite to play?! Please help me figure this out and it is not just me I converse with others and they have same problem!

    • ChazzH69

      Many people are still complaining about the online problems to this day. I think I’ll have to re-download this game and see for myself.

  • Nicki Speights

    Wondering if I can play on my PS4 against a friend on her PS3?

    • ChazzH69

      No sorry.

  • Donna b

    Still the online problems persist. Nearly always left hanging on the first question. It says i’ve been disconnected from other players. I guess they don’t care to fix it cause people have already paid for the game. At least i got the game on special and didn’t pay much for it.