The 11 Best Trivia Games of 2022 to Test Your Knowledge

Our top pick is PlayMonster's 5 Second Rule

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The 7 Best Trivia Games of 2022

The Spruce / Sabrina Jiang

Whether the subject at hand is movies, geography, or '80s pop songs, playing a trivia game can be a fun way for friends and family members to bond and compete over shared knowledge.

We researched the best trivia games on the market for kids and adults alike, considering factors like audience, topic, and difficulty level. After narrowing down the topic choices. we chose PlayMonster's 5 Second Rule Uncensored as the best trivia game. The hilarious adult-themed game (there's a family-friendly version too) is energetic and interactive every single round.

Here are the best trivia games for every type of group.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Play Monster 5 Second Rule Uncensored Game

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5 Second Rule Uncensored

 Courtesy of Target

What We Like
  • Exciting fast pace

  • Hilarious topics

  • Easy to learn

What We Don't Like
  • Can get repetitive after a few rounds

What do buyers say? 90% of 8,900+ Amazon reviewers rated this 4 stars or above.

This party game is definitely not appropriate for kids, but it is super fun for an older crowd. Note that the company does make a tamer version that works better for families. The point of the game is to read the card and spit out three examples that answer the question in five seconds or less. 

Although some of the 300 questions are more straightforward trivia ("Name three erogenous zones" or "Name three celebrities who've been caught naked"), others, like "Name three things you should never do at a funeral," give the player a little more freedom with their answers. To challenge and distract players even more, a "Twisted Timer" is included, which counts down the seconds using clacking marbles, making things feel even tenser.

Our tester loved that this game was easy to follow and a great jumping-off point for an exciting game night with friends. Playing with new people every time ensures a new experience that never gets boring (which it might be with the same group over and over again). But our tester assured that, "With 150 double-sided cards offering 300 unique questions, there’s a lot of life in this little game." For an affordable price, it's a must-have adult party game.

Price at time of publish: $35

Number of Players: 3+ | Age range: 17 and up | Duration: Not Listed

5 second rule uncensored game on a tabletop

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Best Guessing: North Star Games Wits & Wagers Deluxe

Wits N Wagers

Dominic Crapuchettes

What We Like
  • Perfect for a family or party

  • Suitable for various ages

  • Less challenging than answering trivia questions

What We Don't Like
  • May be frustrating for young kids

This fast-paced trivia game is based on more than general knowledge, so players of all ages can get in on the fun. Wits & Wagers combines trivia with gambling by having players make educated guesses that come as close to the correct number as possible. Bet on the question you believe is correct and risk losing your chips in the process.

Unlike other games, all players answer a question that has a numerical answer. All of the guesses are then placed in order from lowest to highest, and you bet on where you think the correct answer lies or if you think everyone guessed too low or too high. Thus, players do not need to have a wealth of knowledge to enjoy Wits & Wagers but rather be willing to gamble on the closest option.

Price at time of publish: $88

Number of Players: 4-20 | Age range: 10 and up | Duration: 15-30 minutes

Best for Kids: Buffalo Games Weird But True Board Game

Weird But True

Courtesy of Target

What We Like
  • More collaborative than other picks

  • Choose between two choices

  • Educational

What We Don't Like
  • Can get repetitive after time

If your kids are hooked on the Weird but True! books from National Geographic Kids, they'll love the chance to play this trivia game that's based on the series. It's an inclusive option because everyone plays every question. For some cards, you only need to answer "A" or "B," so those cards can have multiple winners, which may help prevent arguments and make younger kids feel more confident. 

Other question formats include "Fact or Fiction" (choose which statement is true), "Brain Blitz" (name as many things in a category as you can during a timed interval), and "Eye Wonder," where everyone looks at a close-up image and tries to guess what's being shown. Each round takes 20 to 40 minutes, so your kids won't feel like it's dragging on, and the game can be played with up to five players.

Price at time of publish: $12

Number of Players: 2-5 | Age range: 8 and up | Duration: 20-40 minutes

Best Board Game: Hasbro Games Trivial Pursuit

Hasbro Games Trivial Pursuit
What We Like
  • Multiple topics

  • Fun and challenging

  • Beautiful design

What We Don't Like
  • The questions were categorized better

With its wheel-shaped board and six familiar categories (arts and literature, sports and leisure, geography, entertainment, science, and history), this iconic game is still a favorite among kids, teenagers, and parents, who likely grew up playing the original version. This update comes with a timer to help keep things moving at a brisk pace and nearly 3,000 questions to challenge players for years to come. You can speed up the game by allowing players to collect pie pieces each time they correctly answer a question, not just when they land on a wedge-shaped space. If you're playing with children, you can level the playing field by letting the younger ones answer questions from the Family Edition.

Price at time of publish: $25

Number of Players: 2-6 | Age range: 16 and up | Duration: Not Listed

Best for Large Groups: Bananagrams Linkee: The Trivia Quiz Game

Bananagrams Linkee: The Trivia Quiz Game

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Diverse questions and topics

  • Suitable for various ages

  • Pop culture included

What We Don't Like
  • May lose entertainment value after going through all of the cards

With Linkee, answering the questions correctly isn't enough. Players must answer four questions in a row, then find the link between the answers before any other teams. The first team to guess correctly gets a letter and the first team to spell "linkee" wins.

The team aspect makes this perfect for parties or game nights. Players of all ages will enjoy this game, just be sure to diversify your teams to increase the wealth of knowledge. Questions range from pop culture to history, so everyone is guaranteed to get some of the questions right.

Price at time of publish: $13

Number of Players: 2-30 | Age range: 14 and up | Duration: Not Listed

Best for Families: Dr. Moku STEM Family Battle Board Game

Dr. Moku STEM Family Battle Board Game

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • STEM-based

  • Pop culture references

  • Simple to play

What We Don't Like
  • Can be more educational than fun

Children's mastery of STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and math) is often linked to future academic success. But you don't need to tell your kids that—just let them enjoy this rousing game that requires both strategizing and basic scientific knowledge. The questions are divided into categories: Flyweight is for younger children while Heavyweight is aimed at teens and adults (although some parents felt their teens were better matched to the Flyweight questions). 

To keep things engaging, references to video games (like Minecraft), movies, and songs are sprinkled in as well. Gameplay is simple: Players must roll the dice, answer questions correctly, and be the first to finish moving through the board.

Price at time of publish: $19

Number of Players: 2-4 | Age range: 15 and up | Duration: 30-60 minutes

Best Two-Player : Hygge Games ...I Should Have Known That! Trivia Game

Hygge Games I Should Have Known That! Party Game
What We Like
  • Portable

  • Wide range of topics

  • Great for groups or two people

What We Don't Like
  • Can lose enjoyment after going through all of the cards

Opt for a trivia game for date nights, road trips, or dinner time with one that is easy to grasp and perfect for two players. I Should of Known That challenges you with random trivia questions on a wide range of topics that will have you learning something new and wishing you had known certain answers.

Unlike other trivia card games, you don't earn points by answering questions correctly, but rather lose points when answering incorrectly. There are over 110 cards included in the pack with 400 questions, so you can play over and over again. Portable card games like this are perfect for taking and playing on the go.

Price at time of publish: $20

Number of Players: 2+ | Age range: 14 and up | Duration: Not Listed

Best Sports: Mindware Sports Trivia Challenge

Mindware Sports Trivia

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What We Like
  • Sports themed

  • Suitable for various ages

  • Visual game

What We Don't Like
  • Won't be fun after you get through all the cards

The beauty of this game is that it can be played by both sports nerds and those whose knowledge is a bit more...limited. Questions are split into two different levels ("rookie" and "pro"), and they come in a few different formats. "Name It" requires the player to come up with a straightforward definition. "Know It" has a multiple-choice question. And "See It" shows a magnified photo of a sports-related object, and players must try to guess what it is. 

A wide range of activities is covered, including soccer, ice hockey, badminton, and even bobsledding. The object of the game is to move through the board collecting chips for correct answers (they're worth different point values) and to ideally avoid obstacle squares, such as "on the ropes," "yellow flag," or "water hazard," which will delay your progress.

Price at time of publish: $44

Number of Players: 2-4 | Age range: 8 and up | Duration: Not Listed

Best for Adults : Game Development Group Wit’s End Board Game

Game Development Group Wit’s End Board Game

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Challenging

  • Simple instructions

  • Tons of questions

What We Don't Like
  • Not suited for young ones

Trivia fans seeking a challenge should try this multifaceted game, which includes questions divided into four creative categories: Teasers (word riddles), Odd One Out (guess the answer that doesn't belong), Sequencing (arrange a list of four answers in the correct order, such as animals with the most to least teeth), and Wild Card, which, as the name suggests, could be anything and includes topics like geography, current events, and math. 

Players praised the subject matter, saying that even when they got an answer wrong, they learned something distinctive and memorable. There are some similarities to Trivial Pursuit: You roll the dice and move around the board. Although instead of collecting pie pieces, the goal is to advance from the outer ring toward the middle, and answering incorrectly can push you back toward the edges again.

Price at time of publish: $40

Number of Players: 2+ | Age range: 16 and up | Duration: Not Listed

Best Pop Culture : Goliath Pop Trivia

Goliath Pop Trivia

Goliath

What We Like
  • Covers multiple generations

  • Fun and challenging

  • Affordable

What We Don't Like
  • Many questions are outdated

Calling all pop culture aficionados! Test your knowledge of your generation and beyond with this trivia card game focused on all things movies, music, and popular culture from different decades in history. There are six different categories that range from fads and fashion to naming the year of historical events from that time.

Goliath Pop Trivia would be an awesome game to play with older and younger family members to learn about life throughout six decades. Teens and grandparents alike will love reminiscing on the past in this nostalgic yet challenging and exciting game.

Price at time of publish: $11

Number of Players: 2+ | Age range: 14 and up | Duration: Not Listed

Best Movie Trivia : Big Potato The Blockbuster Game

Big Potato The Blockbuster Game

Big Potato

What We Like
  • Nostalgic design and name

  • Three different rounds means three different games

  • Expansion packs available

What We Don't Like
  • No current movies included

Travel back in time to the beloved video store Blockbuster with this nostalgic movie trivia game. The box itself resembled a VHS tape for added charm. Inside, you'll find a three-round game, centered on the silver screen. Showdown with other players by naming different categories of films or describe and act out classic films through charades. Teenagers and adults alike will love the fast-paced energy, heightened by the included blue buzzer. It's important to note that many of the movies will be older, so this is not the best option for current film trivia.

Number of Players: 4+ | Age range: 12 and up | Duration: Not Listed

Final Verdict

The PlayMonster 5 Second Rule Uncensored Game was popular with testers for its simple premise and high entertainment value—just note that it's recommended for ages 17 and up. If you're looking for something more kid-friendly, the Weird But True Game by National Geographic Kids can be played up to five players, where each player participates each round.

What to Look for in a Trivia Game

Audience

Some trivia games are best with just a few players at the table, while others are great for entertaining larger party groups. Also, some trivia may get a little racy and may not be age-appropriate for everyone, so check the suggested age level before selecting a game for your crew. 

Challenge level

Do you want to play primarily for fun or really test players’ knowledge? Some trivia games are more challenging than others, and some involve more of an educated guess element that are better suited for kids. Finding the right mix of challenging but not completely impossible is a good goal. 

Type

There are some trivia games that cover a variety of topics, while others center around specific ones such as entertainment or sports. Certain games are fairly straightforward while others shake things up and add fun new twists. Consider who'll be playing most frequently—as well as their interests and playing style—when choosing a game.

FAQ
  • How do you play trivia over Zoom?

    Playing trivia games over Zoom is as easy as picking a time, hosting a group call, putting everyone who shows up on gallery view to make sure that nobody is tempted to cheat, and sharing trivia questions that you can display by sharing your screen so that participants can answer in group chat. Or you can use the “raise hand” function as a de facto buzzer if you prefer. If you are hosting a large game, teams can use the “breakout room” function to discuss answers amongst themselves. You can create the trivia quiz yourself, use an online random trivia generator to find questions, or try any number of free or paid online trivia apps that were designed specifically for this purpose. 



  • What are the age requirements for trivia games?

    There are trivia games for people of all ages. Some trivia games are targeted at adults with racy themes or advanced subject matter. Others are directed at kids to help them build skills and test knowledge. And then there are trivia games designed for the whole family with general interest questions on a variety of topics that do not so much test knowledge as they encourage the art of the educated guess. If you are purchasing a trivia board game, be sure to check age limits and requirements to get a sense of whether or not the game will be appropriate for you and your family.


  • What is a trivia game?

    A trivia game is a competition where players take turns attempting to correctly answer questions about insignificant, obscure, or otherwise unimportant facts on a variety of subjects. Players are given a time limit to answer questions aloud, in writing, or according to the rules of the specific trivia game or competition they are playing or participating in. The person with the greatest number of correct answers at the end of the specified game period wins. Trivia games may take the form of board games to play at home with family and friends, pub quizzes, or online trivia nights played on Zoom. 


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