A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
While there aren't necessarily any positive messages in-game, it's worth mentioning that the Trivial Pursuit format promotes healthy competition between friends and offers fun opportunities for family bonding.
Positive Role Models
Gamers play as themselves, with character avatars to represent them, but there's no positive or negative value found here.
Players can pick from a set of characters and unlock costumes and accessories. Decent range of diverse gender expression, race, and age in character choices.
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Ease of Play
There's an option to adjust question difficulty, making the game more family-friendly. Easy, medium, and hard modes. Option to play in a "family" profile, which offers a split in question difficulty allowing families to team up. With family profile, the game switches off between easier questions designed for younger players and more difficult questions for their older teammates.
Products & Purchases
Trivial Pursuit Live! 2 is part of a large franchise of Trivial Pursuit games, but players are never pressured to make any in-game purchases or purchase additional games for any reason.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Trivial Pursuit Live! 2 is a downloadable digital board game available for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Google Stadia. This modernized trivia experience adds a few new features to the classic board game. One of these is Twitch mode, which allows players to stream the game via Twitch and allow their audience members to join the game by entering answers directly into Twitch chat. Some new question formats and improved graphics are also available. Aside from this, Trivial Pursuit Live! 2 preserves the classic board game format and allows players to play individually against AI competitors or join family and friends for matches. As expected, inappropriate content isn't present in this family-friendly game. But there's quite a lot of reading that must be done on a timed basis, so when playing with young kids, this title is probably best for confident readers.
Is It Any Good?
Not every board game lends itself to digital versions well, but this one easily preserves what makes trivia games fun. Though Trivial Pursuit Live! 2 is based on AI's selection of the questions, it duplicates the true randomness that exists from shuffling a deck of cards or spinning a plastic spinner. Each game does manage to feel different, with a few surprisingly easy questions -- or ridiculously obscure ones, always appearing when players least expect them. This game also does a good job of accommodating a wide range of pop culture references in the Entertainment category, so those of all ages will feel that the category is approachable. This is a trap that some older trivia board games can't help but fall into, as once the question cards are printed, they run the risk of feeling dated as time passes.
Another advantage to a video game format is how easily players can connect with friends and family regardless of their location. The ability to easily connect online via Twitch, or to pass around one controller if groups happen to be playing in the same room, offers flexibility that makes this an easy choice for trivia fans' family game night. In addition, the difficulty of the computer-generated competitors is reasonable, not making things too easy or too difficult when playing alone. There are also hundreds of questions in each category, so players won't feel that they are answering the same question multiple times unless they play for many, many hours. Overall, the gameplay experience is smooth, and a wide audience will enjoy this installment in the Trivial Pursuit franchise. It's certainly not the first digital adaptation of Trivial Pursuit, and it probably won't be the last, but it's a solid entry that succeeds in remaining relevant for trivia fans old and new.
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