There's nothing quite like feeling the lightbulb above your head ping as your wrack your brain for an answer to a question you think you know. It's a feeling we all know and love and would give anything to experience at least a hundred time a day. Well, luckily for us, trivia games have been providing those lightbulb moments for years now, with plenty of them planting roots on PlayStation and Xbox, with the odd title launching exclusively to one of the two subscription services — Game Pass and PS Now.
Sure, it can seem a little daunting these days, what with Covid-19 crunching our social agendas down to bite-sized moments — but the online world is still bustling with activity. That being said, when the time does finally swing around for local meetups to resume, gamers all over the world will have oceans of content to chew through together, encapsulated in one team between four walls. Until that time comes, however, it's probably best we draw up the best trivia games on the market — just for when the world returns to some level of normality and the party can resume in full force. So, hit the lights and prepare your buzzers — it's quiz time!
5. It's Quiz Time
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Speaking of quiz time, it seems only right that we boot up this list with one of PlayStation 4's wealthiest trivia collections. It's Quiz Time, which launched back in 2017 on Steam, has been uploaded to the PlayStation Store roster, with a boatload of new questions trickling onto its already whopping 25,000 set. With topics that range from movies to meme culture, wacky news items to modern music — this enormous library will have a room of eight feeding for months with no two questions the same. All you need is a few smartphones and a room of steady brains beaming with facts and general knowledge.
4. The Jackbox Party Pack
Platforms: Playstation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, PC, Android
The Jackbox Party Pack is considered to be one of the best party series on the market — and for good reason too. Thanks to the many instalments that line up to bulk it out each year, players are able to tuck into some of the most mind-boggling, reality-bending madness ever to grace the trivia platform. Ever since 2014, Jackbox Games has been shovelling in waves of quickfire games and party palaver that never fails to draw a crowd to the madness it entails. From team-based drawing challenges to hidden identity mini-games, this bundle of bombastic battles will have everyone in the room jarring with joy on any occasion. So, what are you waiting for? Get it in the cart!
3. Knowledge is Power
Platforms: PlayStation 4
True to its title, Knowledge is Power is the ultimate test to see which contestant possesses the skills to master the art of trivia and ascend the local ranks. With up to six players all competing for the top spot among the greats, this convenient little packet of quizzes and touch-screen face-offs has a little something for everyone. But it doesn't stop there. Oh no, it goes a little further than your box standard Q&A drivel. In fact, Knowledge is Power tends to funnel more twists and turns into its mixture than most best-selling game shows. But you'll have to trust us on this one and tuck in for yourself. There's plenty behind this curtain, that's for sure. Are you ready to draw the cord?
2. Papa's Quiz
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
While boasting flashy cutaways and enchanting visuals can often be a step in the right direction for a video game — it isn't always an essential part of trivia, nor does it really bolster the overall gameplay of the genre. The fact is, whether we like to believe it or not — a trivia game can still be a global success even without all the glossy extras. As long as there's a generous amount of questions available that cater to a few dozen knowledge panels, a trivia game can still exist alongside the best-sellers. And as far as Papa's Quiz goes — that's exactly what they established. It's simple yet addictive, and that's all we really ask for. But we'll let you be the judge of that one.
1. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Seeing as we've covered a range of party games that cater for up to eight or more people, it seems only right that we round off the list with something a little more exclusive. And as for the current global situation, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire truly is a fantastic frontrunner that can be enjoyed whatever the weather, and, of course — whatever the circumstance. However, whilst this classic TV game show is built to work around a solo brainbox, there is, believe it or not, enough room and additional modes to entice up to 9 other players into the game. Overall, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire offers all the bits you've seen from TV, only with a few fancy extras to drizzle on top. It's simple in concept, sure, but it is loved, and, in our eyes — definitely worth the price tag.
Well, that's the five games we've been keeping aside for the summer. Here's hoping we'll be turning up the dial and going head-to-head with our friends real soon. In the meantime, what games are you planning on enlisting this year? Let us know over on our socials here.