Sometimes, staying in and playing games at home is a great way to pass the time with friends and family. Learning something new and having some playful competition is a fun method to get that friendly rivalry going and see who’s the ultimate trivia knowledge expert when it comes to various topics.
To get you started with some ideas, here are some old classics and new favourites you can check out. The great thing about these options is that some of them come with board game versions as well as online or app-based ones, so you’re free to choose which you prefer:
One of the most popular trivia games around the world is Trivial Pursuit, which was created in 1981. Traditionally speaking, it contains six main categories including entertainment, history, art and literature, science and nature, sports and leisure, and geography. The objective of the game is to go around the board as quickly as possible and answer one question correctly from all the categories, as well as the final question. Keep in mind that some questions can be rather challenging and that there’s some updated trivia about social media and the internet.
While the game Kahoot! was initially popularised by the education industry, users can actually create their own quizzes for free and send the virtual link to friends and family to try out. Whether it’s your own living room or office, you can access the platform on any internet-enabled device and have some fun. If this sounds like too much effort, you can even search through millions of existing quizzes on just about any topic under the sun. Using a video conferencing tool like Skype, Zoom, or Google Hangouts can make the experience even more fun, letting you stay connected despite the distance.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
There are a lot of trivia themed titles on Foxy Games that put a different spin on popular game shows, such as the classic ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’. In this game, the aim is to get three of the same symbol to receive a prize. To make you feel like you’re in front of a real audience, the music in the game provides you with an immersive experience and makes it more exciting. Alternatively, you can create your own version of the game and provide an alternative to the million-pound jackpot that can make things more competitive.
Incorporating a sense of urgency in a trivia game can lead to some hilarious results. Essentially, Heads Up! incorporates trivia with charades where a single player needs to guess the correct person, place, or thing with some cues from the audience. The key here is to know how each player thinks so you can help them guess the cues as quickly as possible in the span of one minute. Depending on your needs, you have the option of playing in teams or taking turns with just one other person. While the app is free to download, you do need to pay for some specialised card decks with cues from Star Wars or retro trivia.
Whether it’s general knowledge, science, maths, pop culture, or something totally obscure, you’re sure to find a trivia topic to pique your interest. Unlike some other games, trivia games can help challenge you and let you learn something new, so it’s a win-win situation for everyone.