Knowledge is Power – Decades review (PS4)

Returning for another round of quiz questions, Knowledge is Power gets a follow-up with Knowledge is Power – Decades. As with the first game, it’s Playlink-powered and only available on Playstation 4.

With Decades, Knowledge is Power is the only title in last year’s lineup of Playlink titles that’s back for a sequel. Featuring game mechanics that make sure players can still be competitive even when they’re not trivia wizards, it’s largely unchanged in Decades with the exception of a thematic change and a few subtle enhancements.

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Despite its similarity to last year’s game, Knowledge is Power – Decades requires a new Playlink app on your phone or tablet to play. As with all Playlink games, it’s easy to set up and you’ll be able to get started before you know it. The main twist this year is that questions are categorized in decades, ranging from the 80s up to the 10s. I would have personally enjoyed timeless eras like the 50s, 60s and 70s more than present day trivia, but that’s what you get. Maybe I’m just old.

You still get to vote on question categories in a “majority rules” fashion, but when you enter subsequent rounds you now get the option to select a specific subset within that category as well. Put simply, if you enjoy 80s music then you select music questions after 80s have been chosen as a decade – et voilá! It gives players just a bit more control over the questions they get and enjoy, but it’s not radically different from last year’s system and the same can be said for the content – it’s just categorized differently this time around.

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Knowledge is Power – Decades has more Power Play options that help level the playing field and make it more fun within an uneven group of players, but it also features the option to play and focus exclusively on questions to create a more traditional trivia experiences. Definitely a plus when playing a closely matched game, where too many Power Plays could make it feel like it didn’t even matter how much you know or don’t know.

If you already own the original Knowledge is Power, however, there isn’t a whole lot of change this time around. It’s marginally better, but its main appeal will only really resonate with groups who have a particular (and fairly strong) fondness for a certain era in time. It’s fun for a game night or two, but as with the original game, I don’t see myself returning to this in a few months’ time.

Score: 6.5/10

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