Electronic Arts takes the iPhone trivia crown with this faithful adaptation of the excellent Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 party game.
Electronic Arts struck gold with Trivial Pursuit. Somehow, the company brought an already impressive console game to iPhone in all its wedge-winning, question answering egg headed glory, complete with various modes, thousands of questions and most importantly, Wi-Fi multiplayer. The result is the ultimate handheld trivia game and one of the device's best apps.
If you ever played Trivial Pursuit, then you know what's up. You and your friends (or against the computer if you're lonely) roll dice and move along a circular playfield, landing on colors that represent the following six categories: Sports & Leisure, Entertainment, Arts & Literature, History, Science & Nature and Geography. Your goal, in addition to answering questions correctly and proving how smart you are, is to collect wedges for each corresponding color/category; you can nab them by landing on special blocks on the game board. Win them all, and you'll make your way to the center of the board, where the competition selects the final category. Nail that question, and you should probably apply to as many game shows as possible.
Like the console versions, iPhone Trivial Pursuit retains the user friendly wedge interface (simply tap a wedge to access that particular option) and user friendly gameplay, as you shake the phone or drag a finger across the screen to roll the dice and then press on screen icons to answer questions. Get a question right, and the correct box glows green. Mess up, and your answer turns red and the iPhone vibrates.
Meanwhile, the game moves your piece around the board, and you have the option to either watch your computer opponent(s) take turns or skip them. Even better, the game doesn't show you those questions, thereby cutting down on repeats.
On the downside, the game will show you the correct answer whenever you guess incorrectly. Since you're unable to turn this annoying feature off, you'll most likely remember all of those answers when the questions pop up again.
In addition to Classic Mode, there's also Pursuit Mode, a single player game where the goal is to reach the end of boards in the least amount of questions. And if you'd rather play against friends, there's offline Pass 'N Play (you hand the iPhone to someone else) and local Wi-Fi multiplayer.
At $4.99, Trivial Pursuit is one of the iPhone's most affordable and feature packed games, as well as a killer app. The wealth of questions, attention to detail and joy that comes from dominating opponents makes this a guilty pleasure. Download it immediately.
What's Hot: Thousands of questions, easy to use interface, addictive Pursuit Mode, offline Pass 'N Play mode, local Wi-Fi multiplayer, costs only $4.99, various avatars to choose from.
What's Not: The game shows you correct answers after incorrect guesses.