QuizUp: A Fresh Take on Trivia

I’m quite the fan of trivia apps, and I have reviewed my fair share of them throughout my time here at AppStorm. Something I have learned after playing so many of them is that it truly does take something special for a trivia app to leave an impression on me. QuizUp, which has taken iOS by storm, definitely possesses something special. Find out why QuizUp has been moving to the top of the charts after the break.


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Getting Started

The basic gameplay of QuizUp is essentially the same as many other trivia games on the App Store: you’re presented with a question, then you have 10 seconds to pick the right answer from a multiple choice selection.

You can be matched up with anyone around the world, but no matter what, you have 10 seconds to answer the question.

You can be matched up with anyone around the world, but no matter what, you have 10 seconds to answer the question.

Each round consists of seven questions, the last one being worth double the points (although it is not necessarily anymore difficult than the other questions), for a maximum total of 160 points. The amount of points you get is dependent on how quickly you answer the question. You also get bonus points for finishing the game.

So what sets apart QuizUp from the other trivia games on the market? Well, for one, the library of topics that QuizUp covers is far greater than any other trivia app of its kind. While most trivia apps function on either a potpourri mix of questions or under general subjects like science or geography, QuizUp has thousands of questions in hundreds of subjects as specific as, say, Stephen King novels or Pixar movies. This in itself makes QuizUp quite different from the typical run-of-the-mill trivia apps.

QuizUp comes packed with hundreds of topics—some of which you might not have known existed.

QuizUp comes packed with hundreds of topics—some of which you might not have known existed.

Also, QuizUp is completely peer vs. peer based, meaning that you’re always playing against another person, whether it be one of your Facebook friends or a random interested in the same things you are. Matches can be played live, or started by one peer for the other to pick up later, but either way the thrill of the competition is something that brings you back to the app. As a result, an internet connection is required to play, and the lack of an offline mode can be kind of annoying.

Achievement: Unlocked

What happens to all those points that you spent hours amassing after round and round of play? Well, they go toward your rankings, leveling yourself up in whatever subject you so choose. After reaching level 10 in any given subject, you are awarded with a title that appears under your name for all to see; you receive new ones for every 10 levels you beat in a subject. It gives a good incentive for you to keep honing your knowledge in things you are interested in as well, which is always a good thing.

You can level up quicker by purchasing power ups via in-app purchase; however, they are relatively pricy.

QuizUp’s achievements are also quite neat, as they are super creative. While they do have their fair share of the congrats-you’ve-played-100-games-type achievements, the others are interesting: play against people from 100 different countries, or reach level 15 in four topics that cover different facets of the USA. It gives another layer of challenge as well, because a lot of the achievements require a bit of guess work to unlock.

Both the titles and the achievements are cleverly named.

Both the titles and the achievements are cleverly named.

The Little Things

Little extra features are hidden in every nook and cranny of QuizUp, so much so that I’d never imagine thinking of half the things that are included.

Each day, a new group of topics is featured on the home screen, making it easy to change pace. Also, topics are regularly added and updated; even you are able to contribute content to the game via the developer’s website.

Review your answers after the match has ended (left); you can monitor your record and your speed from your profile page (right).

Review your answers after the match has ended (left); you can monitor your record and your speed from your profile page (right).

After matches, you’re able to see the breakdown of points throughout the game in the form of a chart, as well as review each of the questions from the match and their answers. A further breakdown of stats can be found on your profile as well.

Even though I found that many of the features don’t really add any sort of value to the game, it shows that the developers really took the time to make their app better than the rest, which is a huge plus.

Design

Design is often the first thing that draws me to an app in the App Store. QuizUp was no exception: its modern interface made me very curious and automatically gave it an advantage over other trivia apps on the market. The contrast of lights and darks throughout the application allow for color to be used effectively—the entire rainbow’s worth of colors are used without looking at all cheesy.

QuizUp sports a very clean and modern design; the use of color not only makes the app look good, but organizes it as well.

QuizUp sports a very clean and modern design; the use of color not only makes the app look good, but organizes it as well.

While the app is pretty, the functionality is another ballgame. Navigating this app is not at all easy. After playing the game for a couple weeks now, I still get lost. This is because the app continues to build up layers as you play matches, so you can’t just return to the home screen by clicking a button in the top lefthand corner of the page or from an accessible menu button on the bottom like on most apps. Instead, you have to swipe left to reveal the menu, then click the Home option, which is something that I feel will never be drilled into my mind.

The Verdict

QuizUp is marketed as the world’s largest trivia game, and to that it holds true. Not only does it offer over 250 specialized topics, which offer the perfect amount of challenge, each time I open the app even more of my friends have joined to see what the commotion is all about, which creates a huge network of competition on a local and global scale.

The only two huge setbacks of this game are the lack of an offline mode and the poor navigation, both of which can possibly be fixed in a future update. Despite these things, QuizUp remains just as fun and addicting as it did the first time I opened the app, so I recommend it to anyone looking for a mental workout to pass time.

QuizUp is currently free on the App Store.


Summary

The world's largest (and perhaps most addicting) trivia game.

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