Thursday, October 15, 2015

App Review: QuizUp

by M. J. Joachim

Whether you want to test your knowledge, learn about something new or simply have some fun, QuizUp is an amazingly interesting app that’s sure to keep you engaged for hours on end. I know. This sounds like a paid advertisement for the app, but I assure you, it’s merely my biggest effort to encourage you to check it out for yourself.

QuizUp is not a solitary activity. When you sign up, you automatically get to choose to play with friends or random people. You also get to choose from hundreds (possibly thousands) of categories, where you will answer seven questions + a bonus question. First person answering correctly gets more points. It’s just you against your opponent, and the fastest answer wins. Of course, you have to be quick for all the questions in the round, because this game can go back and forth like a ping pong ball - one second you're winning, the next, you're behind and in danger of losing. So you really have to stay on your toes to win each match.

As you prove yourself by winning challenges, you earn recognition and titles in the categories. I’m currently best in Plants & Trees in Arizona, and it says so right there under my name. You also gain followers and advance levels according to your success.

QuizUp is an engaging, fun game, but it is also a little bit social media and according to The Verge, “NBC is partnering with QuizUp developer Plain Vanilla games to make QuizUp America, an interactive gameshow that will pit TV contestants against viewers at home who have qualified using the app, making both sides answer head-to-head questions to win "life-changing" amounts of money.”

Sounds like a challenge for Jeopardy, except this app already has a built-in audience all around the world.

I’m game if you are,

M. J.

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