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Trivial Pursuit has a new Wordle-inspired (and AI-powered) version

Hasbro launches a daily challenge of trivial knowledge

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A photo of a player’s hand holding the pie-filled game piece above the classic Trivial Pursuit game board Photo: Hasbro
Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Hasbro is giving the venerable board game Trivial Pursuit a modern shot in the arm with a new daily, Wordle-inspired version called Trivial Pursuit Infinite. Like Wordle, Trivial Pursuit Infinite will be a daily challenge — in this case, players answer six rapid-fire trivia questions and, in theory, share their results with friends and family.

Trivial Pursuit Infinite launches on trivialpursuit.com on Thursday — which happens to be National Trivia Day, a holiday that predated the release of Trivial Pursuit. As with the classic board game, Trivial Pursuit Infinite’s questions are split into six categories: Geography, Entertainment, History, Art & Literature, Science & Nature, and Sports & Leisure. Questions in Trivial Pursuit Infinite come quickly, limiting players’ ability to Google the answers for a perfect score.

Each day will bring new questions in Trivial Pursuit Infinite’s Daily Challenge mode, but there’s another component to Hasbro’s new spin on the classic board game: AI.

A sample selection of questions from Trivial Pursuit Infinite, spanning six categories, as shown on a mobile phone Image: Hasbro

Trivial Pursuit Infinite also features an “AI-powered” Infinite mode, which delivers an endless stream of computer-generated questions based on a prompt. “Just enter your preferred topic,” Hasbro said in an email, “and the Trivial Pursuit AI will generate a series of questions around whatever captures your curiosity.”

I played a few days’ worth of Trivial Pursuit Infinite ahead of launch and found the interface speedy and simple to use, and my results easy to share with others. As Hasbro likely intends, playing a game sparked my interest in playing more Trivial Pursuit — and I wasn’t surprised to see a big button on my results screen that encouraged me to buy a physical copy. I only experimented with the AI-powered Infinite mode once, and found a suspicious question/answer pairing there; Hasbro hopes that players will rate its AI-generated questions and report any issues there, in an attempt to improve its trivia bot.

The results screen of Trivial Pursuit Infinite’s daily challenge Image: Hasbro

Will Trivial Pursuit Infinite find a spot in my morning game routine, alongside Wordle, Connections, and various Puzzmo games? Maybe, though it’ll take some extra effort to remember to fire up my phone’s web browser to get a trivia fix. I might just play some tabletop Trivial Pursuit when the urge strikes instead.

The original incarnation of Trivial Pursuit made its U.S. debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York City in February 1982. The game was initially a flop, according to Hasbro, selling only a few hundred copies. But after finding distributors in Canada and the U.S., Trivial Pursuit became an unqualified hit, selling more than 20 million copies in 1984 and spending decades as a board game institution.

Hasbro sells a variety of Trivial Pursuit games, including a Classic Edition, the Master Edition, and Family Edition. Board game makers The OP sells a vast array of licensed versions of Trivial Pursuit, with versions based on Dungeons & Dragons, Harry Potter, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Dragon Ball Z, to name just a few.

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