Trivial Pursuit: 1990s Edition Review
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Players: 2-4 players or teams
Playing time: It depends on the version you play, but don't expect to play "a quick game of Trivial Pursuit"—there's no such thing

If you’ve ever played Trivial Pursuit (see N& reviews of the Genius IV Edition and the 20th Anniversary Edition), you know the frustration of being asked question after question that you could never dream of answering—unless, of course, you know all about ancient chicken farming practices or obscure painters from the 1870s. Believe me. I know that frustration. So when my brother-in-law got the Trivial Pursuit 1990s Edition for Christmas—and we decided to play after the presents had all been opened—I was excited to dive in. Finally! I thought, Questions I can answer! I lived through the ‘90s!

The 1990s Edition is played much like other Trivial Pursuit games. Individuals or teams (this one only has four playing pieces—instead of six—but they’re in cool ‘90s shapes, like a cappuccino) travel around the board, trying to answer questions (Trivial Pursuit fans be warned: there’s only one box of questions instead of the standard two) in each of the six categories (‘90s categories include Wired, Oops, and Hangin’). As always, there are a number of different ways to play the game—including a “Short Game,” which still isn’t very short.

As a member of Generation X, I loved being able to actually answer some of the questions. I loved getting that “I know this one!” feeling. Some questions were totally easy, but some of them were still really challenging—it wasn’t the cakewalk I expected.

Eventually, after playing for a long time and getting pretty much nowhere (we should have known not to play the long version), we gave up without actually finishing the game. But we all had fun anyway. I definitely recommend this game for my fellow Gen-Xers. If you ever wore flannel shirts and baggy jeans and Chuck Taylors…if you listened to Nirvana or Pearl Jam…you’ll enjoy the Trivial Pursuit 1990s Edition.

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