Best Trivia Games

Updated May 2019
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Shopping guide for best trivia games

Last Updated May 2019

Bringing trivia night to your home can be a lot of fun, whether you have a group of adults or people of various ages. The topics and playing style of trivia games vary wildly, and there are plenty of options to make your game night memorable and fun for everyone.

Different trivia games have different degrees of difficulty, and it can depend greatly on the knowledge (and often the ages) of the players. However, some trivia games are less dependent on esoteric knowledge than others. Some are deliberately silly, while others are more competitive. You also need to consider how much content a game includes and how often you can replay it, because no one wants to replay a game if everyone knows the answers to all the questions. Also think about the age range of your players and what type of game will be the most fun for everyone.

Trivia games can provide endless family entertainment and are far cheaper than taking everyone to the movies or a theme park. There are many games to choose from, and not all trivia games are for everyone. To learn more about the best trivia games, continue reading. Take a look at some of our favorites, too.

Trivia games range in size from a deck of cards to a large box. Consider the size of the game if you plan to take it traveling or camping.

Key considerations

Is it fun?

What constitutes “fun” depends on your tastes and those of your group. For some people, a rowdy game that gets everyone shouting, arguing, and laughing is their idea of a great game night. For others, a competitive battle of intellects that will declare one player the cleverest makes for a memorable evening.

Many trivia games have players taking turns answering questions for points, but newer games tend to be more innovative and unusual. Some games have players working in teams or trying to guess an answer before their opponents, and others use apps to give players new ways to answer questions and offer a different experience every time.

There’s no such thing as a “perfect” trivia game. Every group is different and each person will find certain types of games more fun than others.

Finding the right trivia game means considering your family and friends and what they enjoy most. If your group is competitive and cutthroat, a challenging trivia game targeted at adults might be perfect. If you have a younger crowd or you’re looking for a more lighthearted game, you might need something sillier. Fortunately, there’s a spectrum of trivia games from which to choose.

Topic

The topic of a trivia game often determines its difficulty. If you have a competitive group, consider games that focus on history, culture, science, arts, geography, or language. For a more casual or younger group consider games that focus on movies, television, music, animals, or celebrities.

Depending on the type of questions and the style of the game, any category can be casual or competitive. Many trivia games allow you to choose the categories, and this is a great way to allow players to stick to their comfort zones (or leave them).

Age range

Take note of the age range listed on the box. Though this is usually an indicator of the difficulty of the questions and topics, it often has to do with the components of a game. If there are small children participating in game night, you might want to avoid games with small, colorful pieces that could present choking hazards.

Number of players

Will you have three people or a dozen at your game night? Most trivia games list the range of players they can accommodate, which can be a range of 2 to 4 or 2 to 20. Choose a game that allows your whole group to play. And sometimes the player count of a game can be fudged if you play in teams.

Player interaction

Some trivia games have players answering questions for a score. Others pit players against each other in a race to answer first or allow players to bet on each others’ answers. A rowdy game can be a lot of fun, but it’s not always for every group.

Replayability

One of the main challenges faced by trivia games is bringing players back for game after game. Since repeat cards and memorized questions can spoil a game, you should consider the number and variety of questions and topics included. Questions a simple multiple-choice style can be easier to memorize than more open-ended questions.

DID YOU KNOW?

A trivia game can last anywhere from five minutes to more than an hour.

DID YOU KNOW?

Not all trivia games are multiple choice. Some have players racing to shout out the correct answer or guess when an event happened.

DID YOU KNOW?

Many trivia games are made for children and adults to play together. If you have an adult-only group, there are games for you as well.

Trivia game features

Quality

How fun a game is matters most, but the quality of its components should not be overlooked. The quality of the cards, board, and tokens, can affect how a trivia game looks on your table and how well it holds up over time. In general, more expensive games have better production quality. This can include attractive artwork or high-quality cards that will last for years even with regular shuffling.

Expandability

Most trivia games have enough content to be played again and again, but even a game with hundreds of questions can become repetitive if played often enough. To address this issue, some trivia games have expansion packs that add questions or content and allow you to freshen up your favorite trivia game. Deluxe editions might also include additional content for more replayability.

Simple yet innovative

There aren’t any other trivia games quite like this one. Since all guesses are in the form of numbers and you can bid on other players’ guesses, this is a game for all skill levels. Customers love how easy the game is to learn and the fact that you can play with a large crowd.

Trivia game prices

Inexpensive: Trivia games that cost $5 to $10 typically come in small boxes and are quick and simple to play and fairly portable. While the content in these games might be limited, they can still be a lot of fun.

Mid-range: For $10 to $20 are trivia games that have a decent amount of content and may focus on a specific category or topic, such as movie-specific trivia. If you’re a fan of a particular TV show, movie series, or other franchise, you can find a game to share with other fans in this price range.

Expensive: Trivia games that cost $20 to $40 often include more content than their lower-priced counterparts and can be played again and again for years without seeing repeat questions. In addition, the higher price means the cards, boards, and pieces are often of higher quality.

Classic fun

This is the classic edition of the “retro” trivia game that’s still popular today. The game features the timeless board in bright colors, 2,400 questions, and six wedge holders for six players. It’s smart fun for families with older kids and adult get-togethers.

Tips

  • Offer snacks and drinks on game night. But make sure the snacks won’t make fingers – and the game – greasy or sticky.

  • Decide ahead of time where you’ll play the game. Some games are best suited to a table, while other can be played with everyone sitting on the couch.

  • Having fun is more important than winning. Trivia games can be intimidating for some people. If you sense that someone isn’t comfortable with a topic or question, you might want to let them choose another question.

  • Balance the teams. If you play in teams, make sure that the teams are balanced, especially if you have a mix of children and adults.

Other products we considered

There are countless trivia games based on popular franchises, and several that put a new twist on the genre. One that stands out for its low price and simplicity that allows almost anyone to play is the Asmodee Timeline Challenge. The game cards depict historical events, with dates on one side of the card. You must play your card somewhere in the row of cards on the table, aiming to place your card on the right spot on the timeline. Though players will memorize dates over time, this means they’re learning the dates of major historical events. Another affordable trivia game that comes in a portable box is the Everest Toys Anomia Card Game. Each player has a card with a category and a symbol in front of them. On your turn, you draw a card and put it in front of you. If its symbol matches the symbol on another player’s card, you have to name something that fits their category before they name something that fits your category. The simplicity of this game – and how quickly you have to think – makes it a great trivia game for people of different skill levels.

If your group struggles with general trivia knowledge, many games feature simple questions that test players’ quick thinking rather than knowledge of specific facts.

FAQ

Q. Are there trivia games for people who aren’t good at recalling facts?
A.
Absolutely! Not every trivia game is about coming up with a correct answer. Some games are about things as silly as guessing how much an animal weighs. Not all trivia games test your knowledge; many test your ability to think quickly.

Q. Can trivia games be played with a large group?
A.
While many trivia games can only support up to six players, many exceed that limit. These are often team games, which can be a great option if you have a group of mixed ages or skill levels.

Q. Is there anything you can do if a game comes with missing or damaged pieces?
A.
Most game companies have excellent customer support and will quickly send you any replacement parts you need.

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