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Trivial Pursuit

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Amstrad PCW
ZX Spectrum
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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 Atari ST 1 down, 5 to go
Trivial Pursuit SEGA Master System When time is up I get the answer and have to be truthful if I answered it correctly or not (so easy to cheat). In this case it’s a no.
Trivial Pursuit Atari ST First question, a timely reminder of how cruddy we are
Trivial Pursuit Amstrad CPC Did you get the question right? Be honest...

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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ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Oct, 1986 10 out of 10 100
Happy Computer Commodore 64 Dec, 1986 80 out of 100 80
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Nov, 1986 8 out of 10 80
Video Games Amiga CD32 Apr, 1994 80 out of 100 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) SEGA Master System Jan, 1993 9 out of 12 75
Power Play DOS Nov, 1989 73 out of 100 73
Mega Fun SEGA Master System Apr, 1993 71 out of 100 71
Computer Gamer Amstrad CPC Oct, 1986 14 out of 20 70
Amiga Joker Amiga CD32 Mar, 1994 68 out of 100 68
Consoles Plus Amiga CD32 May, 1994 65 out of 100 65


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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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