A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Trivial Pursuit: Bet You Know It lets players compete in a traditional version of the Trivial Pursuit board game as well as a new, more rapid-fire version in which all players get a chance to answer every question. Players 'bet' on whether or not they know the answer, and whether or not their opponents know. These betting sequences include pictures of poker chips, which enhances the sense of gambling even though this is far from a Las Vegas-style competition. This mode of gameplay is a bit more cutthroat and focuses as much on strategy and cunning as it does on knowledge of trivia. Between the two game modes there are thousands of questions, a very slim number of which include references to drugs (cocaine and marijuana), sex, and nudity.
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's it about?
TRIVIAL PURSUIT: BET YOU KNOW IT is based on the board game of the same name. This version breathes new life into the classic trivia game. It is meant to liven and speed up the competition by allowing everyone a shot at answering every question that appears. This video game also includes a mode of play that offers traditional Trivia Pursuit gameplay without the \"Bet You Know It\" rules. It supports up to four players using four Wii remotes.
Is it any good?
Trivial Pursuit: Bet You Know It is successful in opening up a new form of gameplay for the classic, decades-old trivia game staple. It adds a new layer of strategy as it requires players to size up everyone in the room and guess who knows what. It provides a much more fun, party-like experience as opposed to the intense cerebral challenge associated with this franchise; though the level of difficulty in the trivia questions themselves is on par with what Trivial Pursuit aficionados should expect.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why it is important to know subjects like history, science, and geography. Where else might this knowledge be helpful?
What part of this game is more entertaining -- betting on who knows the question, or trying to answer the question yourself?
Do you prefer playing board games on a gaming console or around a kitchen table? Why?
- Platforms: Nintendo Wii
- Subjects: Social Studies: events, geography, historical figures, history, timelines
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, memorization, thinking critically
Communication: friendship building
Collaboration: meeting challenges together, teamwork
- Price: $39.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Electronic Arts
- Release date: November 8, 2011
- Genre: Party
- ESRB rating: T for Drug Reference, Mild Sexual Themes
For kids who love playing games with others
Our editors recommend
Top advice and articles
Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.