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Trivial Pursuit

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This is the earliest home computer incarnation of Horn Abbot International Ltd's classic board game, Trivial Pursuit. The game involves answering questions on one of six subject categories to gain moves, and answering questions on special squares to gain one of the six 'Wedges' you need to gain the right to take on the final winning question. Questions are aimed at British players - many entertainment questions are based on British TV, and sport questions relate to popular British sports.

Two game modes are available: Single Player (which involves answering questions against the clock) and Multiplayer (where you can take on up to five human-controlled players). The computer reveals the answer, and you select 'yes' or 'no' to tell it whether you got it right.

The question categories are exactly the same as the board game: Art & Literature, Science & Nature, Geography, History, Sports & Leisure, and Entertainment. However two different question styles are added to take advantage of computer technology - some questions relate to a picture or diagram and some relate to a piece of music.

One additional feature not available in the board game is a statistical analysis of the number and type of questions answered correctly. This can be split into the performances of all the players, or the performance of an individual player within the six categories. It is especially useful at the end of the game, when choosing which category a player must answer to win the game.


Trivial Pursuit ZX Spectrum The screen while the game loads
Trivial Pursuit Atari 8-bit My comparison to other players.
Trivial Pursuit Atari ST Try and write a question with that answer....
Trivial Pursuit Commodore 64 A game started.

Alternate Titles

  • "Trivial Pursuit: The CDTV Edition" -- CDTV title
  • "Trivial Pursuit: The CD32 Edition" -- Amiga CD32 title
  • "Trivial Pursuit: Genus-Edition" -- In-game spelling
  • "Trivial Pursuit: Genus Edition" -- Master System title
  • "Trivial Pursuit: Genus Ausgabe" -- German title

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The Press Says

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Oct, 1986 10 out of 10 100
Crash! ZX Spectrum Oct, 1986 91 out of 100 91
64'er Commodore 64 Dec, 1986 12 out of 15 80
Happy Computer Commodore 64 Dec, 1986 80 out of 100 80
Power Play DOS Nov, 1989 73 out of 100 73
Mega Fun SEGA Master System Apr, 1993 71 out of 100 71
Amiga Joker Amiga CD32 Mar, 1994 68 out of 100 68
Amiga Joker Amiga Nov, 1989 67 out of 100 67
Consoles Plus Amiga CD32 May, 1994 65 out of 100 65
High Score Amiga CD32 Jul, 1994 2 out of 5 40


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The CDTV and CD32 versions feature a host, a bird called Russell, played by actor Chris Langham.


  • Commodore Force
    • December 1993 (Issue 13) – #63 “Readers' Top 100”

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