Trivial Pursuit: Digital Choice

If you’re not a fan of TP (Trivial Pursuit), then you may want to stop reading now. Unless you want to continue because you’re a masochist, or wish to point and laugh.

TPDC (Trivial Pursuit: Digital Choice) replaces TP’s boxes of question cards with a digital handheld device to which you download questions. The package also includes the board, dice, game pieces, a USB-Cable (mini-USB at the device end) and a PC application- no Mac support it seems.

It comes with 600 questions, in the usual six categories, preloaded; and you can download a lot more through the PC application, for free.  Of course, this requires an internet connection.

Questions are divided up into blocks of ‘Mini-Categories’. You begin with the Master Category (the usual six categories), then a Sub Category, then finally the Mini-Category, which is the actual block of questions. There seem to be about 50 questions per Mini-Category.

Trivial Pursuit: Digital Choice Unit

Top, Front and Bottom view of the Trivial Pursuit: Digital Choice Unit. AAA battery on top so you know how big the thing is.

The device looks and feels quite “cheap and cheerful”.  On the other hand it’s lasted through many games, and been dragged out camping and to the beach while being tossed around  and generally abused. So feel can be deceptive.  It has 10 buttons: six are for the question categories, while the other four (top, bottom, top left shoulder and top right shoulder) help navigate and make selections.

When you first switch the unit on, the words Trivial Pursuit judder across the backlit, rather ugly, black and white LCD screen.You can then choose either “Instant Play” or “Choose & Play”. “Instant Play” randomly picks a Mini-Category for each of the colours for you, while Choose & Play lets you choose the Mini-Categories yourself. You can then decide to play with a Time limit for each question, or not.

The interface, barring the coloured category buttons isn’t amazingly intuitive, with only on screen arrows to hint at which buttons can be used. As a general rule the left shoulder button is ‘Back’ and the top button is ‘accept choices’ or ‘forward’. While not intuitive, you do learn them after a while.

Having played a lot of games with the unit, I can say that I’m a great fan of it.  I currently have 4,600 questions loaded into it, with a wide range of Sub and Mini Categories.  The best part is that I can load only those Mini Categories that suit my friends and me.  There’s no point in asking most of us Sports questions, as we just don’t follow sports.  On the other hand, stuff to do with fashion, or the ‘Supernatural’ fascinates at least one of us, so those go in.

If you’re near a PC you can also remove the old questions and download new sets.  It takes a while to get repeats, however, so there’s plenty of scope for interesting games for a long time.

I have to say, the PC application while very pretty, is somewhat clunky to use – and not amazingly obvious to use when it comes to ‘shopping’ for more questions.  I’ve also found that it’s not worth trying to run it, even just for downloading questions from the internet, unless you have the device plugged in.   Once you work it out, though, it “does the job”, and really it’s not something you’re likely to do often.

So, if you’re a fan of Trivial Pursuit, I can’t see how you wouldn’t want this – assuming prerequisites like money and friends are available.

And for those pointing and laughing – at least we’re all having fun.

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4 Responses to Trivial Pursuit: Digital Choice

  1. JudithNo Gravatar says:

    Hola, yo también tengo este trivial, pero cuando entro en tpcategory.es
    para descargarme más automaticamente se me conecta a http://www.hasbro.com/games/en_US/trivialpursuit/
    y no puedo descargarme nada, no lo encuentro.
    ¿Podrías ayudarme? ¡Muchas gracias!

    • LisaNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Judith,
      It sounds like your version of the Digital Choice PC software is very different to mine, but just in case it helps, I’ll tell you what I do.
      After connecting the Digital Choice to my PC, and starting the PC software, I don’t get any indication of which site I’m connected to.
      I click the Add Question tab, then select a Master Category. I then select one of the ‘wedge icons’, from the scrolling list. This gives me one or more groups of questions, which I can then select with checkmarks. I then have to click the ‘shopping cart’ Icon under the questions to actually tell the system I want these questions.
      Once I’d selected all my questions, I clicked on “View My Shopping Cart” (Top right), and then “Download my basket”.

      I hope some of this helps.
      Lisa

    • SergioNo Gravatar says:

      (the message in English is at the end)

      Hola,

      Judith se refiere a que en la página española no está el programa de descarga de preguntas. Yo descargué el programa de:

      http://www.hasbro.com/games/en_US/trivialpursuit/digitalchoice.cfm

      Me deja descargar preguntas pero luego nunca me aparecen en el listado de “Mis preguntas” porque dice que no hay preguntas para el idioma seleccionado. Si voy a “Mis preferencias” de “Mi cuenta” también me dice que “No hay preferencias para el idioma seleccionado”. ¿Te ocurre a ti lo mismo? ¿Has conseguido resolver el problema?

      Gracias.

      Sergio

      ———————————-

      Hello,

      The problem that Judith mentions is that in the Spanish webpage the program to download new questions is not available. I downloaded this program from the following URL:

      http://www.hasbro.com/games/en_US/trivialpursuit/digitalchoice.cfm

      It allows me to select among different categories and it seems fine… but then the questions/categories never appear in the “My questions” tab, so I cannot upload them to the device. I get the message that “There are no questions in the language selected”. If I go to the “Preferences” tab of “My account” I also get the message that “There are no preferences for the language selected”. Does it happen the same to you?

      I hope you can give me some idea, this is very confusing!

      Thanks.

      • LisaNo Gravatar says:

        Hi Sergio,

        I understand now. Unfortunately it seems the English version is different to the Spanish version (and I’m guessing all the non-English versions), and I can’t really help as it sounds like the options are very different (and missing!).

        The only advice I can give is to try to contact Hasbro, but I have no idea what their customer service is like.

        Lisa

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