Ever since watching Pointless, the BBC2 British quiz show hosted by Alexander Armstrong, I have always wanted to try out the board game and challenge myself! Can I name the least popular answers to try to score the least number of points to general knowledge questions?
This game is suitable for aged 12 and above. It is for two to four players or teams. It comes with 341 questions, 27 Pointless trophy tokens, 9 head-to-head tokens, 8 playing pieces, 4 pencils, 3 question card holders, playing board, Pointless trophy and answer pad. To set up the game, each player/team is given an answer sheet and pencil. You can either use the playing board or download a free app to your device to score. We chose to use the playing board so that we could all keep track more easily.
In Pointless, a series of questions is presented to the players. These questions have also been surveyed to a group of 100 other people. It’s the players’ job to think of an answer that is not only correct, but also the least popular among those surveyed. This game really makes you think hard and challenge yourself!
This game is split into four rounds. For the first round, it requires the Question Master to place the card into the plastic sleeves to cover the answer. Then the Question Master reads the question and its clue. The players then have to provide the answer by saying it out loud and also writing it on their answer sheet.
For example, the question could ask about biology: the human body. There are five clues to facts about the human body. You need to name the part of the body correctly and get the least popular answer.
For round two, the Question Master places the card into the respective plastic sleeve and reads the questions and list of answers.
For example, the topic is TV & Radio, any actor who is credited in seven or more episodes of Little Britain. If you answered David Tennant, then you would be incorrect! But if you said Stephen Aintree, then you are correct and awarded just one point. If you selected David Walliams, you will get 56 points which is not the idea at all.
For round three, it is a head to head challenge, the Question Master again places the card into the respective plastic sleeve and reads the questions and list of answers. The game is played until one player/team wins two of the questions.
For round four, only one question is asked and this round sees the player who has so far accumulated the least number of Pointless Trophy Tokens, eliminated from the game.
We find that this game is hard, challenging and fun to play. Occasionally we had to swap to an easier topic as we couldn’t answer it. This is available in good retailers and Amazon.
Disclosure: We received the sample for the purposes of writing this review, however all thoughts and opinions remain our own. Contains Amazon affiliate link.