Board games are sometimes jokingly referred to as “bored games” because they are entertainment in a box. Perfect for an activity after dinner that will keep the family together (instead of separating to the computer, television, and other modern distractions from reality…) you can always count on board games to free you from potential boredom.
At the same time, trivia games are something entirely different. Not everybody is cut out to enjoy a fun trivia game. Those who do enjoy trivia games are usually the smarter, wittier, and more intimate type who thrive on proving they know everything (or as close to it as you can get in a lifetime.) Trivia games are a fun version of an I.Q. test that focuses on different categories, such as Pop Culture, Science and Nature, or Sports. For that reason, every trivia game player is given a chance to shine in their own category.
Trivia board games are the best of both worlds, bringing opportunity to outsmart opponents into more intimate situations with friends and family members. For the avid quiz lover, trivia board games are the best way to practice and strengthen your weaker subjects.
There are a number of popular trivia games, but the three that most commonly come to mind are Trivial Pursuit, Cranium, and Bezzerwizzer. Each of these trivia board games is appropriate in different situations, and every trivia lover should own at least one version of each board game. For more game reviews, ideas and tips; you may want to visit a website dedicated to quiz and trivia resources.
Trivial Pursuit The trivia board game that started it all. Trivial Pursuit was accurately described by Time Magazine as the “biggest phenomena in game history.”
Created over 30 years ago, this trivia board game is already a classic but far from forgotten as newer editions are released quite often keeping all trivia questions current and up to date. Trivial Pursuit is reliable for a trivia board game that offers challenging questions. The “regular” Trivial Pursuit is not quite right for a family activity, as the questions put forth are not as fun for younger children.
That being said, there are Trivial Pursuit editions that are specifically for families and these can be even more challenging for a grown up trivia lover. If you are unable to answer questions about Miley Cyrus or the Jonas Brothers; your ‘tween daughter just might be able to humiliate you in a trivia.
Cranium Although Cranium can’t compare to Trivial Pursuit, the Cranium games can’t be compared to any other board games period.
Cranium is a game geared more for families, providing a variety of tasks, challenges, and activities that will keep the whole family involved, having a good time, and more importantly gives everybody their chance to shine.
However, Cranium is also great for a night with friends. Cranium may likely be the only family friendly board game that can be just as entertaining (if not more so) for a grown up night. Combining alcohol with Cranium is a lethal concoction of laughter and hysteria. If your adult get together could use an ice breaker, consider Cranium… the only board game that will have you answering challenging trivia questions one turn, then rolling a bottle cap across the floor with your nose on the next turn.
Bezzerwizzer Since trivia board games allow the smartest player to win, Bezzerwizzer is the fun trivia game that really lets you shine in your strongest areas. With the ability to challenge an opponent (and steal their points) or swap categories with an opponent, Bezzerwizzer requires smart strategy tactics to win and not trivia knowledge alone.
Putting it All Together Trivia games are the most important tool in your game closet. They break the ice at an adult party, they bring families together, and they create a fun atmosphere where other “bored games” fail to entertain. You don’t have to be competitive to have a good time playing a trivia board game, but it does make it all the more entertaining!
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