In the mid 90’s we moved from Iowa to California. Our first apartment was in San Dimas. When we passed along our new address to family and friends, on more than one occasion it was pointed out to us that Bill & Ted went to high school there. Sheepishly, we agreed, even though neither of us had seen the movie. We did know the premise of the plot and how they must pass their oral history final so they may continue with their band, whose music is the basis of all existence. (Note – we have seen the film since). If you’re a long-time reader of our site, you probably remember I told this same story five years ago in our overview of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Board Game.
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Historical Trivia Travel Game by Barry & Jason Games is the latest offer in the Bill & Ted’s franchise. This trivia game is packaged in a magnetic box resembling the famous phone booth the main characters used to travel back and forth through time. The box unfolds to reveal both the rules and game board, making sure neither gets lost.
Each player (up to four) chooses one of the player boards and puts the matching magnetic player piece on the phone booth in the center of the board. The youngest player will go first and then proceed in clockwise order. On the active player’s turn, they will move their piece on board one space in any direction. What happens next depends upon which space they are now on.
Most of the spaces in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Historical Trivia Travel Game are historical figures like Billy the Kid or Abraham Lincoln. There are six in total, and each represents a different category in which you will try to correctly answer a trivia question. Another player will pull a trivia card from the box and ask you the corresponding question in that category. If you answer correctly, take the matching historical figure card, and insert it into your phone booth and take another turn. Your full turn ends when you have incorrectly answered a trivia question or have completed three moves.
The Wyld Card space requires you to draw from the Wyld Card deck and read it aloud. You will either be answering a question or leading a game. These are usually worth no points in the game and are just a social element to make it more than just trivia. These questions will usually have something personal to do with the players involved. A few of the games award a historical figure where appropriate, but there are few in the deck.
When you return to the phone booth, keep moving an additional space as it does not count as a spot on the board. Once someone collects all six different historical figures and gets to San Dimas High School on the board, they will give a short oral report of what they have learned. That person is the winner of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Historical Trivia Travel Game!
There are only a few remaining in stock on Amazon, so if you need a copy quickly, be sure to ask for it at your favorite local game store. If you’re curious about other games offered by Barry & Jason Games, visit their website or follow them on Facebook and Instagram. There’s also plenty of time to enter to win a $100 game prize package from them in our annual Mega Giveaway!
Have you seen any or all of the Bill & Ted’s movies?