The best part of a year has passed since we first saw a copy of Trivial Pursuit on the Spectrum. I can imagine that in this length of time many copies have been shelved because the amount of questions were limited, with repetition setting in as more games were played.
Surprisingly, DOMARK have waited until now to release another adult question set, and have followed the makers of the board games quite closely by bringing out a Baby Boomer edition.
The Baby Boomer edition is based on 'one of the most exciting periods of our time', well that's what the inlay says, and to be fair it does offer a lot more enjoyment than the high-brow Genus edition. The questions are concerned with three decades; the fifties, sixties and seventies, and their entertainment and events. Aimed generally at the 'baby boomers ' (children born during the post-war baby boom) this question pack covers such topics as the Silver Screen, Broadcasting, Publishing, News (or olds even). The life and times of... and R.P.M which is the music heading.
Although a little too Yuppie for my liking, I strongly recommend it as a replacement for any worn out Genius I question tapes ... just who was that last man on the moon again?
The Young Player edition has been around since just before Christmas and is basically a simplified Genus edition, great for the seven to eleven year olds, but not much fun for anyone else. The different headings are: Games/ Hobbies, People/Places, Good Times, Nature, Science/Technology and (rather surprisingly) Art and Culture. There's a great deal of variation in difficulty between the questions, which might put some of the younger players off. Here are two typical posers as an example: 'How many years are there in a decade?' and 'In which film did a nine year old Tatum O'Neal receive and Oscar for playing a tom-boy?'. This is not as bad as it might have been, as harder problems are more often than not accompanied by a set of multiple choice answers.
Both 'uniload' packs cost £7.95 and consist of about 3,000 questions. The new question sets can only be used in conjunction with the original game, or alternatively an whole new pack can be obtained for £14.95.
So whether you're a baby boomer or a baby boomer's baby, or whether you drive a pram or an XR3i, DOMARK have something to keep you guessing.
By Ben Stone.