We have selected the Top Quiz Based Board Games based on customer feedback to play at Christmas time, parties and birthdays in 2016. With everything from general knowledge to tv and movies you will find a quiz game that's perfect for your special occasion.
Trivial Pursuit Master Edition Board Game
The new Master Edition of Trivial Pursuit is the perfect set for anyone who has already played previous versions of the game. Featuring a little under 3000 all new questions, this game will test your knowledge about various trivia. The game is pretty simple, there's a question and the player (or player team) must answer it. At the end of the match, the player with the highest score from correct answers wins. The questions mostly revolve around global trivia categories, though there are also some UK and US centric topics that get brought up. One feature we really appreciate about this Master Edition set is the fact that it now has a special timer that you can use to set time limits for answering questions. The older versions of Trivial Pursuit had a tendency of taking too much time, but this one means that you can have a semblance of control over the time you will have to take.
The Chase Board Game
Adapting a game show into a board game is not an easy task, but the folks at Ideal have decided to take the John Adams show into something you can play at home. The cool part is that any fan of the show will instantly know how to play this. Sure, there's a bit to read about the money tokens, offers, and other small details, but as long as you know the show's rules, the context in which they appear in the boardgame are intuitive enough. The big problem here is for players who have not watched the show at all –in which case, The Chase's rules become a perplexing mess of roundabout steps. One final tip, have a player play the role of host, it won't be as fun, but it prevents other players from intentionally slowing down the way they read questions (which will affect the performance of other players).
Shout! Board Game
Shout! Is a great game for children, but for adults, not so much. The pace and tools used in the game obviously target a much younger crowd, and this is especially more so when it comes to the questions and challenges. Anyway, kids will love this as the game is mostly automated. It takes a few minutes to set up, but once the big card is rotating, the only thing that the two teams need to focus on is on getting as many answers as they can right. And for those who are taking a major deficit in points, they can gamble with a double or nothing attempt. It is a pretty lively and exciting game to play (it's called Shout! After all), so you might want to reserve this one for those times when making a bit of a noise would not be an issue.
Best of TV and Movies Board Game
If you love watching movies and TV shows, this board game is a natural pick as it has a lot of great questions and trivia that focus on visual pop culture. Of course, do not expect the very latest movies and shows to be part of the questions. The whole game requires two teams to play, so this is definitely a group activity. Questions types range from picture-based, to thematic, to just straightforward trivia and teams have to keep answering this while advancing on a game board. The first team to reach the game board's end panel wins the game. One of the cool features about this game is the special bonus cards. These are based on video remote controls such as mute, fast forward, and channel changing. And Mute is a particular favorite as it allows a team to temporarily "mute" a player on the other team (this is best used on that one player who is particularly good at certain themes).
Trivial Pursuit Party Board Game
This version of Trivial Pursuit should be very familiar with board game fans, and for those new to the game, this is often the first time they get to try it. The 'party' in the title literally means that this is a party-pack style version of the game, which makes it ideal to bring along to a gathering. There are around 1,200 questions so expect a lot of replay value on this one. The whole set is pretty well done, which is what one would expect from the game series. This particular one features the wild wedges feature which significantly speeds up the gameplay and makes things a more exciting. For a set that is supposed to be a simplified version of the original, Trivial Pursuit Party can actually be a lot more fun.
Best of British Board Game
Whether you are a Europhile who cannot get enough of UK's culture or a genuine Brit, the Best of British is an interesting board game that asks all the right questions about what makes the British, British. The surprising thing here is that the game manages to do its job without having to rely heavily on material that are too adult in nature. No political jabs, no innuendos, and best of all, no crude humor. It is all about the day to day culture that people take for granted but are still intrinsic parts of what sets the British identity apart. The best part is that it also works as an amazing learning tool for children –with all the great trivia this game provides, they learn more about the British culture while being in an enjoyable setting.
Split Second Board Game
Most trivia board games focus on how vast a person's stock knowledge is, and that really helps a lot. But in Split Second, it is not just what a person knows, but how fast they can recall it (or as the box says in the awkward phrasing of "how fast you know"). This game is literally all about thinking hard and thinking fast, there's a time limit and no matter how correct your answer may be, giving it too late means being out (and the score goes to the person with closest answer). The game also allows for the question asker to make custom questions to liven up the game, making it even more fun for people who want to try something new.
The Logo Board Game
It's the board game that manages to make brand recognition something fun: The Logo! It is easy to take for granted the fact that recognizing brands is a pretty easy thing –even without watching television. Logos are everywhere, from breakfast foods to the clothes we wear, and that is the stock knowledge that this game feeds on. Our best suggestion, play this as a family, there are a lot of old school logos that the younger players won't recognize, but it certainly makes for a good point of conversation as well. The board game itself is pretty simple to play; people identify logos from minimal clues, top scores win.
Trivial Pursuit Family Edition Board Game
Trivial Pursuit's Family Edition is, like all the other game boards in the series, is a fun activity for a lot of people –though not particularly families. This version has been polarizing Trivial Pursuit fans for a while. Some families are perfectly fine and happy with it, while a few families have children that struggle with the kid's cards. So yes, if you are not much a trivia-fan (or your family is not), then enjoying this may not be so easy. On the other hand, if you and your family truly enjoy trivias then don't hesitate to pick this one up as the questions are plenty of fun.
Mr Lister's Quiz Shootout Board Game
This is a game that needs a lot of people to play. At the very least, it takes 3 people to make this work, but if you really want to have fun, try having more. Quiz Shootout is played by one player asking for a list of answers (ie. Ingredients in a certain recipe, parts of a whole, individuals of a group). The player-teams try to identify all the possible answers by writing them down and then having an answer shootout. It's a very entertaining and educational way to play, and while the whole shootout thing may seem odd (and the gmae's mustache gag is not particularly funny), it really does feel like an intense shooutout once the game starts rolling at a good pace.
Qwordie Board Game
Simply put, Qwordie is what you get by adding a trivia element to Scrabble. Players have tiles of letters and use those to spell out an answer to a list question. Simply getting an answer is not the goal though. Three important elements are in play: drawing new tiles and scoring. Drawing new tiles is limited to choosing from a pile is open faced or a blind draw (which also adds a random tile to the pile). Scoring is all about having more letter tiles (score is how high the tile stack is). The third element is the ability to 'steal' tiles. The game ends once a player reaches a pre-determined stack height –making this game not only a challenge to vocabulary and trivia, but also with regards to individual strategy in terms of drawing, stealing, and choosing which word to aim for.
Tactic Games iKNOW Board Game
This has to be the most competitive and challenging trivia game we have encountered. The questions themselves are not too hard -1,600 questions grouped into 4 categories (People, The World, Events, Art). What makes this challenging is that it is more of a sociological challenge than it is one of academic knowledge –how well do you know your opponents? The game is played individually, with players betting how many clues they need to answer a question from a topic. But players can also earn points by betting on other players to get it right or wrong. In some cases, it makes sense to get an answer deliberately wrong to prevent another player (who bet on you) from scoring. It's all about tactics, strategy, and your ability to read the other players.
Host Your Own Pub Quiz Board Game
Cheatwell's Host Your Own Pub Quiz is self explanatory: this kit has all that you need to have a pub quiz (except for the pub, other people, and drinks). Challenge-wise, this is all about street-level information –the most difficult questions are more on the fact that they refer to obscure information instead of something that people cannot normally encounter at all. Expect a lot of pop-culture questions though don't expect the latest shows, music, or film to appear. Like any other pub quiz, it is also easy to add your own questions too.
Tell Me Board Game
The Tell Me Quiz series of board games is an absolute favorite of ours. The set is simple, the rules are easy to figure out, and the amount of information that is thrown back and forth between the players and the question-asker is amazing. The game rules are simple, one person asks a question phrased in a "tell me" fashion and other players have to answer in turn. For children this is a great way to learn new things –and they also learn how to ask questions that are framed to provide specific information instead of vague knowledge. For adults, this game can be expanded to add new custom-made questions, and a single round of which with close friends can be quite a revealing experience.
About Time Board Game
About Time is a board game designed for history buffs. In this game, participants must be able to guess the year of an event (or the closest guess wins). Game progress is tracked by their movement not the board –and the first player to reach the goal wins. Fans of Trivial Pursuit will find the gameplay mechanics to be very similar, though the focus on dates nad history is certain to discourage a lot of other players.