I spoke at Christmas time how excited I was to have the World of Warcraft Trivial Pursuit game show up under the tree. Due to schedule and what have you, it wasn’t until recently that the Mrs. and I finally sat down to play it. If you’re a WoW enthusiast at all, you are going to be incredibly…disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, I still love the game. It’s just ridiculously easy.
The categories are broken into Villains, Lore, Player Characters, Geography, Loot, and Encounters. Six categories over 100 cards gives you 600 questions related to the game. I was actually surprised there were so few cards, and after playing it I really do wish there were more. I don’t consider myself hardcore when it comes to the knowledge of the game, but perhaps my wife and I are further along the path that we realize. I got my first pie question wrong. It pertained to Mogu’shan Vaults and as I’ve never been there, I had no idea. I then proceeded to get the entire pie in under 20 minutes. However, my first thought was I’m now screwed and the Mrs. will end up winning…and she did. It wasn’t because I started getting a lot of questions wrong, it was because I couldn’t land on that damn square in the middle, lol. Still we had fun.
As the two of us are inclined to do, we played for a bit without the board, just trivia’ing each other up and we continued to be amazed at the questions. My thinking is this: while someone might suggest a non-WoW player could get into the game and have a chance, the answer is quite frankly no they can’t. There’s no nice way of putting that. So then the game is for the WoW player and as such should be catered like it is. It’s fine to have “who is the son of Grom Hellscream” or “name two of the three Rogue specializations.” Questions like that belong in the game and give you something to build off of. The problem is that out of 600 questions, there’s probably 400 or more that are like that. I remember playing Trivial Pursuit and nearly having an aneurysm trying to figure out the answer. Out of all those questions, I can probably count truly difficult ones on two hands…or less.
Visually the game is great. I honestly love everything they did with it (as I said when I got it though, surprised by how small the box is). I just think a game like this could’ve been made far more challenging and still been just as much fun. You’ll probably get one or two solid games out of it but then you’ll likely remember any questions that stumped you the first go around and then it becomes a race to see who gets a question wrong before they hit the middle.