Pursuit Handheld Edition v1.04 (Palm OS), v1.06 (Windows
Mobile Edition for Pocket PC & Smartphone)
Reitter, February 2004, send
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free memory; Handspring Treo 180, Treo 270, Treo 300,
Treo 600, Treo 90, Visor Series and Visor Prism only;
Kyocera 6035, 7135; Palm m125, m130, m505, m515, Tungsten
C, Tungsten E, Tungsten T, Tungsten T2, Tungsten T3,
Tungsten W, Zire 71; Samsung I300, I330, I500; Sony Clie
N Series, NR Series, NX Series, NZ Series, S Series,
SL/SJ Series, T Series, TG Series, TJ Series, UX Series
played it, back in the days when board games were things
we did together, facing each other across a table of some
sort. Trivial Pursuit for your PDA is here folks! Brought
to you by our good friends at Handmark, Horn Abbot and
Atari, Trivial Pursuit for your PDA is a realistic and
highly playable representation of the classic board game.
are two kinds of game play, Classic and Flash. We are most
familiar with the original board game version, so we looked
at the Classic style of play first. Because it is designed
as a multiplayer game you need a player name even if you
are going to play by yourself. The first screen allows
you to choose a player name, as well as host or join a
game with someone else over your infrared port, available
Bluetooth connection or the Internet. We ran Trivial Pursuit
Handheld Edition on four PDAs: a Sony Cliè PEG-N760C
(Palm OS 4.1, slow Dragonball VZ 33MHz processor), and
a Palm Zire 71 (Palm OS 5.2.1, fast TI OMAP310 144MHz processor),
a Compaq iPaq 3950 (Microsoft Pocket PC 2002, fast Intel
400MHz XScale processor) and an HP iPaq 1945 (Microsoft
Windows Mobile 2003 Professional for Pocket PC, fast 266MHz
a colored token (remember them - the circular piece that
holds your pie wedges?) and you are brought to that familiar
game board, a six spoke wheel of different colored spaces.
Your first move is down one of the spokes to its first
space and your first question of the game. Choose from
the familiar categories of Sports and Leisure, History,
Art and Entertainment, People and Places, Science & Nature
and Wildcard. They are all here just waiting to stump you.
As you land on a colored game space a multiple choice question
from the corresponding category is presented to you with
four possible answers for you to pick from. Doesn’t
this already sound better than the original game play?
How many questions could you have answered correctly if
only you were given a choice in the past? Answer the question
correctly and you continue play. Get it wrong and it is
your opponents turn.
moves are made with the roll of a virtual die that appears
when needed in little window at the bottom
right hand corner of the screen. Just like its real world
parent, Trivial Pursuit for handhelds allows you to move
in any available direction around the wheel or up one of
the spokes to your desired question category. Land on a
space at the base of each wheel spoke and a correct answer
will garner you a wedge piece for your pie token. Once
you have collected all six colored pie pieces, you make
your way back to the centre of the wheel’s hub and
one last correct answer for victory!
may remember that the game board was pretty big in real
one can imagine that a PDA version would
be so much smaller it could be difficult to see. In order
to get a closer look at the action, there is a little zoon
icon at the bottom of the game screen that will allow you
to get a much closer look at your game pieces and where
they are in relation to the goal wedge winning spaces – a
very thoughtful feature and really handy too.
You may also remember, this game can take hours to play.
With this in mind the PDA version also offers you a Flash
card version. You and your opponent take turns answering
questions. With each correct answer you move your token
one space up a ladder and the first one to reach the top
of the ladder wins the game. Pretty simple, and a lot of
fun for those on shorter lunch hours. If you ever played
the game and enjoyed it in the real world, this virtual
version will not disappoint. Unless of course you like
to have some available memory for your other PDA applications.
only is the game itself well over 1MB in size, it needs
2MB of free space to run. I tried moving it from the Cliè's
internal memory to my memory card to save space, but the
file with the database didn’t transfer properly
and I had to move it back to main memory in order for it
to work. This is more of a Palm OS 4 limitation. Palm OS
5 and Windows Mobile Edition allow you to install the
game database directly to a storage
card (although you still need 3MB of free main memory).
One of the reasons for the memory loading is that Trivial
Pursuit is generally a multiplayer game, and in this version
any installation can act as the Host or server for a session
(keeping track of whose turn is next, updating all stats
and board positions, and so on). That, combined with the
huge Trivial Pursuit question and answser database, demands
lots of storage space.
Trivial Pursuit ran beautifully on my Palm Zire 71, it
slow as molasses on a January evening in
Siberia on my Sony Cliè PEG-N760c. It's not just
Trivial Pursuit though - if you want to really see how
good many of the newer games look and how fast they can
run and how many new features are available, get one of
OS 5 or Windows Mobile Edition-based PDAs. I had to turn
off all the extra graphics on the Cliè just to get
the game to move along slightly faster than a snail's pace.
I get any of the sound effects work on the Palm OS 4.1.
The Zire 71 and both iPaqs were positively zippy and audio
was perfect. We
had a bit of trouble
getting the Sony IR port to communicate with the Zire IR
port for multiplayer games. We think it's a Sony hardware
problem or possibly some sort of issue with the
the Sony N760C IR port. In any event, IR communications
worked perfectly between the Zire 71, a Handspring Visor
a Sony Cliè PEG-S360, and both of the iPaqs.
recommend this version of Trivial Pursuit. You'll have
a lot of fun no matter what PDA you own. This game really
does fit the bill.
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