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Trivia Crack Review

I have to say that the UI in this game was incredibly well designed. Cool animations fly around the screen in a very smooth way. The questions are user submitted so there are always new questions coming. You don’t have to worry about running out of questions. The quality and specificity of questions is another thing. The interface is intuitive and easy. Just install the game and start playing. It has 100 million users so you will always have somebody to play with. The game is very knowledgeable giving you a lot of information along with entertainment and who knows, sometimes a small piece of information changes the way we think. Biggest of all, you can boast to the friends you beat in the game and call the ones who beat you lifeless nerds.

But we know nothing in the world is perfect (unless you’re a Puerto Rican woman, who are scientifically said to have perfect human DNA) ;so like everything else on the planet, a small quiz game such as this one is bound to have flaws. Some which can be neglected, some that need serious attention immediately. First and foremost, the lives system is very annoying. To start with, you have three lives to last you, if you lose all three within five minutes, sorry, you have to wait an entire hour until you can play another round!. We know this type of things are a way to prompt users to do in-app purchases in order to support the developers but Trivia Crack has a 100 million users and it shows a ton of ads. I don’t think they are not earning more than enough from those ads already. Also, there is an ad-free version of the game so there is no point having the lives system. It is a huge turn-off for the users.

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Secondly, the difficulty of the questions is definitely a problem. The questions range from the ones your dog can guess to the ones Einstein will never be able to answer. This is unfair. They must be of the same difficulty. If I am being asked when Stephen Hawking was born whereas my opponent is being asked how many states the US has, I think there is no competition which kills the soul of this game. The questions are written by users and are sometimes so specific they should not be asked. Some of the questions are just so obscene that I could never get the right answers. Even when I play the game daily, it doesn’t help me out in learning any answers to the questions. Though the users are given the option to rate the question, which will separate good questions from the bad ones, I don’t think they take much interest in it; they are there to play, not to improve the game. There should be a team rating questions according to their difficulty and relevance. The players should then be presented questions of same relevance and same difficulty.

There should also be a feature to compete for particular subjects. No one is master of all subjects. A fine scientist might be very bad at geography and uninstall the game after losing multiple times. Some people might not be interested in sports, why should they be held back by this. There should be a science only section and a sports only section etc. It will be much more interesting in my opinion.

Advertisements are also annoying (unless it’s a 4K display LCD on sale or an expensive cat free for adoption), I cannot complain about them as they are main source of income for developers. But I can, about the in-app purchases; they keep on popping up and sometimes become so annoying they can be a turn-off.

Another flaw that I saw a lot of people complaining about in their reviews is that there is no option for changing your profile photo if you use email address instead of Facebook sign up. Also, the game did not display any notifications when you were challenged by someone or when it was your turn to play. This issue has been resolved with the 1.0.3 version update of the game.

Ratings:

Artwork: I give Trivia Crack a 9/10 for its artwork. The artwork is childlike in a fun way. Everything is bright, colorful and bouncy. The animations of the subject characters are incredibly adorable; it makes you want to keep on getting question right just to see them dance. Everything about the artwork screams “PLAY THIS GAME! IT’S REALLY FUN!” at me.

Music & SFX: I give the game a 6/10 for its music and SFX. The sound effects of this game definitely have a cutesy feel to them, which really does make the game a little more enjoyable. Unfortunately, there isn’t really a whole lot in the way of music, which is really a shame because this game could have such fun music in it and I’m sure it would attract more people. Sometime a good soundtrack really makes the game.

Story & Originality: I give the game a 6/10 for its story and originality. There are very few games that are released these days with total originality; Trivia Crack was no exception to this. The quiz genre of gaming has been done time and time again, so the idea really was not a new one. Games like this don’t really seem to need a story behind them, but for one it would be good to see a game that really sets itself apart from the others of its genre.

General Gameplay: I give Trivia Crack a 7/10 for general gameplay. The game is fairly intuitive, it is really easy to figures and doesn’t take you long to get into the swing of things. My only complaint is that the constant pop up ads and slow life regeneration times really break up the flow of the game, which is disappointing, because I could really play the game for long periods of time if it weren’t for those two facts.

Addictiveness: I give the game an 8/10 for addictiveness. The game is definitely very addictive and I would love to be able to play it for hours on end, however, the games own mechanics prevents me from doing this. Like I said in the previous rating point, the fact that there is a lot of waiting in between actual playing really decreases to amount of time you’re able to be addicted. I understand that they’re just trying to make money from their in app purchases, but that isn’t the way to do it. They claim that the IAP’s are optional; however, with the way this game works, they make it so buying energy is the only choice for continuing playing. That kind of thing turns a lot of fans away from the game and to a game they can actually play.

Overall, I give Trivia Crack a 7/10.

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