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Store:  Family Games, Strategy Games
Genre:  Trivia

Stage II


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60 minutes 2-6

Manufacturer(s): Milton Bradley

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Product Information

  • Manufacturer(s): Milton Bradley

  • Year: 1985

  • Players: 2 - 6

  • Time: 60 minutes

  • Weight: 2,280 grams

Product Reviews

 
 
 
 
 

Average Rating: 5 in 1 review


 
 
 
 
 
The best of the trivia games
May 17, 2000

If only this game were being kept up to date. In my opinion, it puts all other trivia games (including top sellers that I won't name here) to shame as a fun and clever test of both trivia knowledge and lateral thinking.

Let me enumerate the reasons why I find this to be the best of the trivia games.

First of all, unlike many trivia games, one can be sure that one doesn't encounter the same questions upon repeat plays. Each game consists of seven cards, each card of which contains three rounds of questions. Every such card in the game is marked by letter and number, so it is easy to keep track of which cards have been used in previous games. And there are plenty of them. This has been my favorite trivia game for years and we have yet to use up half of the cards. I find this to be a tremendous asset, as we have all had the annoying experience of playing a trivia game with the game's owner who has heard all of the questions before.

Secondly, the game draws on more abilities than simply the ability to remember trivia. There are seven questions in each round, and each of the answers pertains to a common theme. Getting the individual trivia questions gets you but one point at a time, but guessing the theme that unites the answers wins you the whole pot. Accordingly, a clever person who doesn't know much trivia can still do well if they can tie together the common themes.

And the themes are very clever. They range from the most obvious to the most obscure, but they're invariably delightful. Maybe it will be 'words that go with 'red'', or 'countries on the equator,' 'the vegetables in a V-8' or 'actors who played James Bond.' It's fun watching the guesses go from the too vague ('Vegetables!')--to being sufficient enough to get it--('Oh, these are the ingredients in a V-8!')

Thirdly, I happen to think the individual trivia questions are simply more interesting than those in other games. They're based a little bit more on knowledge of history, geography and great literature than on what movie you might have happened to see last year, as is the case with too many trivia games now.

Fourth, I also think it's an advantage that people aren't put 'on the spot' by taking turns. Everyone (except the moderator, who changes from round to round) is in guessing mode every question, so no one ever has the embarrassment of being put on the spot and failing. People offer answers as they think of them but no particular person is in the hot seat.

The one drawback of the game, I've found, is that it really does require a good 4-5 people or more to be good. With too few people, it's often the case that two people who are better at trivia just wind up giving the moderator duties back and forth, which is unsatisfying.

I really wish they'd update this game, because the questions are now 15 years old, and there's no better one on the market in the time since.

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