Before I start writing this review, can I just say that - as a total Most Haunted junkie - I love the fact that this photo looks like we've had a visit from Michael Jackson's ghost ! I know it's Sophie's fingers reflected on the shiny box but don't you think it looks just like a face peering between the two boxes?!
But I digress ! Yesterday, I happened to catch the end of the game show Pointless on TV (just as I was getting ready to watch the Comic Relief dance off). This made a lightbulb go off in my head - at some point, absolutely ages ago, we received a board game version of Pointless to review and I never got round to reviewing it. So where was it ?! A bit of scrabbling around in Sophie's room and I uncovered it - right, time to get playing and write a very belated review !
We have the travel version of the game, which comes without a board, but you can buy a complete version with a scoring board and counters. To be honest, I don't think you need them though - the game works perfectly with just the quiz cards, quiz box and paper scoring sheets, especially as it makes it compact enough to take on holiday - Sophie has already said she'd like to take it with us to Morocco this summer to play in the hotel room while we're waiting for everyone to take their showers.
For anyone who doesn't know the TV quiz show, the idea of the game is to score the lowest number of points possible. For each question, there are several possible answers. You have to choose the one that you think the lowest number of people gave, avoiding the wrong answer that is slipped in there. Once everyone has picked their answer and noted it on the score sheet, you push the card halfway up in the box (see below) and reveal the scores attrbuted to each answer. Then you do this again with the second series of seven answers on the bottom half of the card.
You are hoping to get the zero "pointless" answer and, above all, avoid the X for the wrong answer. The instructions don't actually tell you how to score if you do go for the false answer but, from watching the TV show, Sophie told me that you have to award yourself the full hunderd points. I don't know if this is right but it makes perfect sense and makes the game more exciting because it's hard to come back after picking a wrong answer.
The questions cover all manner of topics such as sport, celebrities, geography and animals but the good thing is, even if you have no idea what the question is talking about, you can just pick any of the multiple choice answers at random and still have a reasonable chance of winning.
It's a bit like a simplified version of Trivial Pursuit that is ideal for when you are short on time. It literally only takes a few minutes to play each game so it's great for spending quality time with the family when you haven't got long. It's compact and self-contained - there aren't any dice or counters that will get lost - so it's ideal for helping to keep the kids' bedrooms clutter free too !
star rating : 4.5/5
RRP : £7.99
Disclosure : We received a Pointless Travel Game in order to write an honest review.
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