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Triviathon Review by Heidi Miller-Ford

Joe and Dave Herbert
Jeezle Pete's
PO Box 56
Batesville, IN 47006
513-265-2939 or 513-708-4208

The creators of Triviathon, Joe and Dave Herbert, have quite a sense of humor. In fact, they are the creators of the number one 2009 Super Bowl commercial called "Free Doritos." If you remember that commercial, you will understand where the humor in this game comes from. It is found throughout the entire game--from the box and instructions to the special characters and their names. The gist of the game is to move around the board answering trivia questions and be the first to cross the finish line. 

There are 12 unique characters to choose from. Each has his own special move which can only be used once during the game. These include doing anything from complaining, pushups, telling a joke, or dancing. The characters' individual personalities add to the wit of this game and make it even more fun. On the website, you can obtain a whole new set of 12 characters or one unique character of your choice. You can also create your own custom character to buy. 

To play, there are three types of questions that can be answered. You will be asked either, "How many spaces do you want to move?" which will require either a number or list answer of zero to four or "To what colored space do you want to move?" where you give a color answer. After the question is read, the person tries to pick the question with the answer having the same number of spaces he wants to move or the same color as the space he wants to move to. If that sounds confusing, it was to us too for a few minutes. But once we started to play, we figured it out and it was quite easy. In fact, because the game involves simply choosing an answer (and not actually having to know the correct one), younger children can join in--and they will learn some great trivia in the process. The creators claim that the game is "for smart and stupid people!" I would have to agree. 

This game can truly be enjoyed by the whole family. It's for two to twelve players, making it a great game when company is over. It's geared for ages 8-128, but I believe younger children could be included as well. The game is priced at $29.99, which is average for board games these days, and it will probably be enjoyed for many years.

Product review by Heidi Miller-Ford, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, March 2010