The 14 Best Trivia Board Games of 2020
Best High End
Wits and Wagers
Best Mid Range
Matter of FACT
PlayMonster 5 Second Rule
Last Updated: 13th Apr, 2020
Almost everyone has some experience with trivia... Maybe you stumbled into your local bar on trivia night and started playing along. Or maybe you were challenged to a few rounds of Trivia Crack on your phone back in the day. Then there’s those folks that have been watching Jeopardy religiously for the past 25 years. Whatever your experience may be, we can all agree nothing compares to the satisfaction of nailing a tough trivia question and showing off to all your friends how smart you are.
Trivia board games capture that magic feeling and bring it right into your home. Many of the trivia games these days are designed in such a way that even those of us with a very general knowledge-base can still have fun and find success.
However, choosing a trivia board game can be a tricky task. You need to consider the knowledge level and the age of the players, you’re playing with because some of these games can be quite challenging for average players. Similarly, you don’t want the game to be too easy as well; otherwise, it would kill all the fun.
So, to help you make the right choice, we’ve compiled a list of best trivia board games to play in 2020.
Our Top Picks for the Best Trivia Board Games
Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a trivia buff to enjoy these games. Each one has its creative take on the traditional trivia experience, combining elements of wagering, bluffing, pictures, brainteasers, and strategy.
You’ll be amazed by just how fun these games can be.
1. Wits and Wagers
Why we love it: Wits and Wagers is more than just a trivia game. To be successful, you’ll have to know your opponents’ strengths, place bets strategically, and at times bluff your way to victory. The questions are formatted in such a way that even if you don’t know the answer, you’ll be able to give an educated guess. If you’re not confident, you can choose to bet on another player’s answer instead of your own. But watch out because your opponent may write down the wrong answer on purpose! You never know what will happen when you play Wits and Wagers.
Gameplay: Each round, everyone in the group writes down their best guess to a question (Eg: “average number of pizza slices eaten by Americans each day?”) If you think you have a great guess, you can wager chips on yourself, or if you think the question is something your friend would know, you can wager on their guess instead. The player with the most chips at the end of the game wins.
Verdict: The wagering component of this game leads to some fun interactions, so Wits and Wagers is our top pick for trivia board games to play at parties.
Here's an in-depth review with playing instructions:
2. Smart Ass The Ultimate Trivia Board Game
Why we love it: This is another trivia game that non-trivia nerds are bound to love. It’s fast-paced, chaotic, and fun. The unique twist in Smart Ass is that you can call out the answer even when it’s not your turn. The questions usually don’t require any sort of special knowledge base, so people of many different ages and backgrounds can still play together and have a great time.
Gameplay: In Smart Ass, each question is formatted as a “Who, What, or Where am I?” Eight clues are given per question, all with the same answer and each getting increasingly easy. The first person to call out the correct answer gets to move their piece forward and is one step closer to becoming the “Smart Ass” of the group.
The mechanics of the game make it an excellent 2-player trivia board game, but it can accommodate a larger group as well when required.
Verdict: For those of you that love to laugh, this is the funniest trivia game we’ve found.
Why we love it: This game is similar to Wits and Wagers in that it combines trivia, strategy, and deception. It also allows you to specialize in topics that you feel confident in. Everyone has their niche… and with Bezzerwizzer you can spend more time answering questions about things you actually care about.
Bezzerwizzer is slightly more complex than your average trivia game, but after one run-through, you’ll have gotten the hang of it and be ready for some more!
Gameplay: The goal of the game is to be the first player to make it around the board. There are twenty different categories, ranging from music to science, politics, and more. You take turns drawing categories from a bag and sorting them according to what you know best. If you get a question right in your top category, you get 4 points. Questions in your worst category are worth 1 point. For each point, you earn, you can move your game piece to the equivalent number of tiles.
Each player has tokens that allow you to steal questions or even categories from opponents. Be careful, however, because you may be stealing a category that your opponent wants you to steal. Deception and strategy abound!
Verdict: Bezzerwizzer is the best trivia game for those who love strategy and don’t mind a slightly longer and more complicated game.
4. Trivial Pursuit Classic Edition
Why we love it: Trivial Pursuit is the original trivia board game that has stood up against the test of time. The classic edition throws it back to the old days with it’s sleek, retro design. Some people don’t like all the fancy tricks and gimmicks. They just want a good old fashioned game that allows them to show off their knowledge… so if you’ve been watching Jeopardy every night of your life so that you can destroy your friends at trivia, then this is the game for you.
Gameplay: It’s pretty straight forward, folks. Players move around the board by answering questions. There are 6 categories of questions: Geography, Entertainment, History, Art and Literature, Science and Nature, and Sports and Leisure. When you land on a category headquarters space you must answer a question in that category correctly to be awarded a category wedge. The first player to collect all 6 wedges and then answer the final question correctly wins.
One thing to note here is that the trivia questions are rather tough, and it's best to play this game with adults only.
Verdict: This is the perfect game for those looking for a traditional trivia experience.
5. Smarty Party Board Game
Why we love it: All the questions in Smarty Party require you to write out a list of answers. This offers a refreshing twist to traditional trivia. Even if you don’t feel confident with the question, you can still get by with a few good guesses. Also, even though this game is a little longer, there is very little downtime. With no individual turns, each player is involved every round.
If you play this game a lot and find yourself cycling through the same questions, be sure to check out the expansion packs!
Gameplay: The questions require you to fill out 10 items in a list. For example, you may be asked, “What are the top ten US states with the longest shoreline?” For every incorrect item you list, read aloud in turn, you acquire a penalty point. Each penalty point requires you to move forward on the game board. When the first player reaches the end, the player who has moved the least from the start wins.
Verdict: If you’re completely new to trivia, Smarty Party is a good place to start.
Here's an in-depth review of the game:
6. Wit’s End Board Game
Why we love it: Like other games on this list, Wit’s End goes beyond just trivia. You will be challenged with riddles, brainteasers, and trivia questions covering a wide range of topics. It’s not just about how much you know, but also how well you can think on your feet.
Gameplay: The goal of the game is to work your way around rings to eventually reach the center of the board. You advance by rolling the dice and answering questions correctly. Incorrect answers get you demoted to a lower ring. There are 4 types of questions you might get asked: Teasers - riddles or mind puzzles, Odd1out - identifying which of four options does not belong, Sequence - listing things in order, or the Wild category, which could be any of the above or a random trivia question.
Verdict: Wit’s End is our top pick for those that love riddles and brain teasers.
7. The Logo Board Game
Why we love it: This is a highly accessible trivia game that any modern-day consumer can play and enjoy. With over 400 game cards provided, you can get hours of fresh gameplay out of The Logo Board Game. The concept of the game is simple enough, but you’ll be surprised by how challenging it is! We look at logos all day long, and yet it’s amazing how hard it is to identify them when the pressure is on.
Gameplay: Players move their game pieces around the spiraling board. Correctly identifying a logo allows you to advance. Once a player reaches the winning zone, if they then answer all the logos on a given card correctly, they win.
Verdict: This is another great game for those that are new to trivia, or those that enjoy shopping and logos.
8. Matter of FACT - The Trivia Challenge Board Game
Why we love it: Matter of Fact does a good job of mixing up the formats of questions in creative ways. Also, they pack a lot of trivia into a short game. Each turn, players are asked 7 questions and try to get as many correct as possible. You can play either as individuals or divide the group up into two teams. Pulling your knowledge together to try to score a perfect 7 is my favorite way to play.
Gameplay: Each turn, you must attempt to answer all 7 questions on a card correctly. The questions get harder as they go along. If you get all 7 questions right, you get to move along the game board 7 space. However, if you get 1-3 correct, you only move one space. If you happen to miss them all, you have to move back 5 spaces! The first team to end wins!
Verdict: This game is light on strategy and heavy on trivia, so if you consider yourself a real trivia buff then you’ll want to check it out.
9. Pictopia-Family Trivia Game
Why we love it: This game is great for kids… which is something not a lot of trivia games can say! It plays in 25 minutes, has lots of colors and pictures, and it’s Disney-themed. The questions cover the entirety of the Disney franchise, from Mickey Mouse to Frozen. And just so you don’t get all “Disneyed-out”, there’s also “Guess-my-answer” rounds where you have to see how well you know your teammates.
Gameplay: Players take turns being the host and reading the questions. On your turn, you are given images that reveal what the question will be about. Then you place wagers based on how confident they feel about the topic. Answer correctly and you can advance your game token. The first team to make it to the end wins.
Verdict: This is probably the best family trivia board game currently available - an excellent choice for families with young children.
10. Kwizniac Card Game
Why we love it: We love Kwizniac because it is a straightforward and solid trivia game. Also, there is no game board, so you can take it on the go and play anywhere. The questions follow a countdown format similar to Smart Ass, which allows everyone a chance to have fun and succeed.
Gameplay: The objective of the game is to score more points than your opponent. Each turn a question card is drawn. Each card has ten clues. The fewer clues you’re given before answering correctly, the more points you get.
Verdict: Kwizniac is the perfect trivia game for those that want something simple and portable.
11. Best of TV and Movies Board Game (Best Movie Trivia Board Game)
Why we love it: All those countless hours you spend watching TV and seeing movies is finally about to pay off. Everyone loves TV, but now you get to see who the true cinephile of the group is. Trivia may sound boring to some people, but Best of TV and Movies is sure to be a crowd-pleaser at your next game night.
Gameplay: The mechanics of this game are straightforward. Just answer questions correctly to advance your game piece and reach the end before your opponents. All the questions have to do Movies and Cinema of course, but categories range from foreign films, TV series, Reality TV, cult films, major motion pictures and more!
Verdict: This goes without saying, but Best of Movies and TV is our top pick for cinema lovers!
12. Chronology Card Game
Why we love it: Chronology features a great and original take on trivia! Throughout the game, you construct a timeline using cards with historical events listed on them. New events must be placed on your timeline in the correct order. People who know their history or are time travelers will have an advantage, but everyone has a shot. Even if you don’t know which came first, Diet Pepsi hitting the market or the Babe Ruth hitting his first home run, you still can take a guess. At first, you have a 50/50 chance, but as you get closer to winning each event becomes harder to place correctly since you already have so many events in your timeline to sort through. This clever, built-in mechanic allows those who have fallen behind a chance to catch up.
Gameplay: During the course of the game, players construct a timeline of cards. Each card lists a historical event which must be ordered chronologically. To begin, each player has two cards which are already in the correct order. When it’s your turn, a historical event from one of the cards is read, and you must choose where amongst your current timeline that event belongs. If you are right, you get to keep the card and add it to your timeline, if not, the next player in line gets a shot at it. The first player to get ten cards wins.
Verdict: This is the ideal game for those that enjoy history.
13. PlayMonster 5 Second Rule
Why we love it: The questions you’ll be asked in 5 Second Rule are incredibly easy. All you have to do is list 3 items within a category. Easy enough… at least, it would be easy if you had more than five seconds to answer! This is a fast-paced and fun game that forces you to just blurt out the first things that pop into your head, often yielding some ridiculous and hilarious answers. There are three available versions, Party, Junior, and Adult, so you can pick one to suit any occasion.
Gameplay: It’s every player for themself in 5 Second Rule. The objective is simple: score more points than your opponents. To do this, you will have to step up to the hot seat. The person next in line reads a card that will say “Name three….” and then a category. For example, you could be asked “name three famous Michaels” or “name three breeds of dog.” As soon as the category is read aloud a five-second timer starts (which makes a distracting ZoooOOP noise).
If you are able to list three items before the timer runs out, you are awarded a point. If not, then the next player now has to try and answer the same question, but he or she cannot use any of the responses that were previously said. Questionable answers are determined by group consensus. Play as many rounds as you like, and have fun!
Verdict: This is our top pick for casual parties (and if you’re an adult, it makes for a great drinking game too!)
14. Smartish Trivia Game
Why we love it: This is another game that mixes trivia and strategy brilliantly. There are 20 different categories, which include topics such as geography, film, language, music, and more. It’s similar to Bizzerwizzer in that you can both assign different point values to your categories as well as steal other player’s questions and categories. If those aspects sound interesting to you, but you want something a little less complicated than Bizzerwizzer, then Smartish is the game for you!
Gameplay: The object of the game is to be the first to circle the board. At the start of the game, all 20 category tiles are placed face down on the table. Each player draws four categories from the table and assigns each a point value from 1 to 4 based on how confident they feel with each. Players start by trying to answer a question in their 1-point category. In the next round, each player will attempt the 2-point question, and so on. If you answer correctly, you can move your game piece forward, the corresponding number of spaces.
There is no penalty for answering incorrectly. Additionally, each player has 2 STEAL tiles and 1 SWAP tile. STEAL tiles can be used to answer another player's question; however, you risk incurring a penalty on yourself if you answer incorrectly. SWAP tiles are played at the beginning of your turn and allow you to switch any two categories on the board that have not yet been answered.
Verdict: This is a trivia game perfect for those that love strategy but still don’t want something overly complicated.
Let's Wrap Things Up:
No doubt, trivia board games are fun to play while testing your true knowledge. But it comes down to the game you choose. A right trivia board game can add much-needed fun to any party, gathering, or a family night. But if the game you select is either too hard or too easy, it might make the game night rather frustrating.
What makes trivia board games more interesting is that they are ideal for players of all ages and groups of all sizes. Whether you're looking for a game for two-players or as many as six players, you have a lot many options to choose from.
So, here are our final 14 picks for the best Trivia board games! We sincerely hope you liked our recommendations, and if we missed any, please feel free to comment below.
Till then, Happy gaming!