Trivial Pursuit is a board game that has been around for decades. The game was a smash success, so the first version was just the starting point! Several dozen editions of Trivial Pursuit have come out since its launch in 1983, with new versions coming out every year. If you ever get bored with your same old Trivial Pursuit board game, you can choose another one from a wide variety of editions.
At the moment, the latest edition of Trivial Pursuit is Trivial Pursuit Netflix’s Stranger Things Back to the 80s Edition. The 80s-themed edition came out in 2019 and made quite an impression. If you’re not a Stranger Things fan, you can also check out the latest Genus editions of Trivial Pursuit that gather the best of general knowledge and trivia in one place.
We prepared an overview of all the newest additions to the Trivial Pursuit family. Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned trivia whiz, you’re guaranteed to enjoy these new version of the iconic game!
Trivial Pursuit Netflix’s Stranger Things Back to the 80s Edition (2019)
The newest edition of Trivial Pursuit came out just last year, in April 2019. Trivial Pursuit’s new edition is called “Trivial Pursuit Netflix’s Stranger Things Back to the 80s Edition.” The game is meant for both teens and adults. It is advertised as a party trivia game that is best enjoyed in big groups. Stranger Things may feature young children, but this game is not meant for kids under the age of 14. It can be played with up to 4 players or teams.
As you can tell by the name, the theme is the famous Netflix original TV show Stranger Things, which is set in the 1980s. The aforementioned decade is coming back to our cultural zeitgeist in a big way. You can see this reflected in current fashion trends, television shows, design, and other areas of life and culture.
The game has questions about the show Stranger Things, as well as the 1980s, including the decade’s culture, personalities, trends, and events. For young adults, the show is a gateway to the time of their parents’ youth. Combining a fan favorite show from a popular streaming portal with nostalgia and longing for the past was an excellent move on behalf of Hasbro and Trivial Pursuit! Crossover marketing at its finest.
You might be wondering, why did Hasbro feel the need to release this edition of Trivial Pursuit? The company was betting on the feeling of nostalgia many people get for the 80s, particularly Gen Xers. The era has become nostalgic and romantic for younger people too, as they are getting to experience it through television shows. It seems to be the perfect formula to connect with every generation!
Another fun fact is that the very first edition of Trivial Pursuit was released to the public in the 1980s! In a way, this edition must be especially dear to all the original fans of the game that experienced it back then.
The game includes a special portal to the Upside Down for all Stranger Things fans. Players can end up in that scary and morbid place, much like their favorite Stranger Things characters. Out of the 1,500 questions split among 6 different categories, the show actually only occupies one category. The others are: Movies; TV; Music; Famous People and Events; and Trends, Tech and Fun. You’ll also be taken back to the 80s with the bright neon colors and thematic design.
The new edition was met with great enthusiasm from both trivia and 80s lovers.
What is the newest Trivial Pursuit Genus edition?
Trivial Pursuit Genus refers to the number of mainline Trivial Pursuit editions. Genus editions include some of the best general knowledge questions for all trivia lovers. There are now 6 Trivial Pursuit Genus editions, with the latest one dating back to 2006. Here is an overview of all the newest Trivial Pursuit Genus editions.
Trivial Pursuit: Best of Genus – 2008
Trivial Pursuit: Best of Genus might be the best purchase for someone who is new to trivia and doesn’t have a version of Trivial Pursuit yet. The edition offers the 2,400 best Trivial Pursuit questions of all time!
This edition is quite sentimental, as it came out the year that Trivial Pursuit celebrated its 25th birthday. All the questions were chosen from Genus editions 1-6. The categories are:
- People & Places
- Arts & Entertainment
- Science & Nature
- Sports & Leisure
- Wild Card
Best of Genus really does have the best questions you can find from Trivial Pursuit. Unless you’re looking for a specific edition with a niche theme, this is a great purchase!
Trivial Pursuit: Genus VI – 2006
The 6th edition of Trivial Pursuit Genus came out in 2006. To our surprise, it was not met with overwhelming support from customers and trivia lovers. Many reasoned by saying that Trivial Pursuit had been around for decades, and this edition didn’t bring anything new to the table. The brand stuck with the classic categories:
- Art & Literature
- Science & Nature
- Sport & Leisure
At this point, Genus VI feels rather dated. The questions are too old for this generation of players, but not old enough to be retro. If you’re looking to invest in the latest edition of the classic Genus, this is it. However, if you’re happy with your current Genus, there is no need to splurge on this one. It will be great for those who never experienced Trivial Pursuit, but it’s not nearly as interesting and intriguing as all the specialty editions of the game.
Bite sized Genus – 2003
Trivial Pursuit has come out with some bite-sized editions of the game. Bite-sized editions are just smaller versions of the game. They’re often treated as travel versions, and some only focus on one category. This edition came with the following categories:
- Art & Literature
- Science & Nature
- Sport & Leisure
As you can see, Hasbro really stuck to the main theme here!
Bite-sized editions usually come with 600 questions and a die. Some editions even come with a cheese wheel, but not this one! You can play the game on its own or use the cards with a game board, provided you already have one.
If you’re planning on using this edition as a travel version of the full-sized game, here’s how you can do so:
The die included in the set is color-coded, with each color representing a category. The color that the die lands on will tell you which question you have to answer. Instead of gathering all of the wedges of the pie as you would in a regular game of Trivial Pursuit, players must answer 12 questions correctly or collect 6 cards to win.
It’s been a full 12 years since we saw the last Genus edition. Will we ever see another one again?
Same same but different?
Trivial Pursuit continues to surprise us with new and updated themes and categories. This time, Stranger Things fans are in luck, as the newest edition was made for them. The theme is fairly specific, so unfortunately it’s definitely not for everyone! If you aren’t obsessed with the 1980s and don’t really like the show, I wouldn’t worry. You’ll find your niche somewhere among the massive amount of different Trivial Pursuit offerings!
Let us know how you feel about this version of Trivial Pursuit! Would you buy it? If you already did, then tell us if you liked it. Let us know in the comments if there are any other editions you would like to learn more about, and we promise to deliver!
Looking to find out what the latest online versions are? Check out our article here about Trivial Pursuit apps available on different platforms.