QuizUp

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QuizUp
QuizUp Logo.png
QuizUp logo
Developer(s)Plain Vanilla Games
Platform(s)iOS, Android
Release date(s)7 November 2013 (iOS)
6 March 2014 (Android)
Genre(s)Trivia quiz
 
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QuizUp
QuizUp Logo.png
QuizUp logo
Developer(s)Plain Vanilla Games
Platform(s)iOS, Android
Release date(s)7 November 2013 (iOS)
6 March 2014 (Android)
Genre(s)Trivia quiz

QuizUp is a mobile game developed by Iceland-based Plain Vanilla Games.[1] The game is a mobile trivia app similar to the game Trivial Pursuit.[1] QuizUp is a single-player game in which one user competes against another during seven rounds of timed multiple-choice questions of various topics.[2] There are over 680 total categories of topics available to users to choose from and all the questions are voluntarily submitted by content contributors. Most categories are available in different languages.[3]

QuizUp was initially released for iOS November 2013.[4] Plain Vanilla Games released an Android version in March 2014.[4]

As of May 2014, QuizUp had 20 million users and has raised over $26 million from venture capital investments.[5] Over a billion matches had been played in over 197 countries by March 2014.[4] The company claims that users play an average of 30 minutes each day.[1]

Gameplay[edit]

Overview[edit]

Users start a game by choosing a topic of interest from over 680 available categories.[4] The topics have a wide range of subjects and include popular culture categories like movies and television shows, literary and musical topics, athletic sports and games categories, and scholarly categories like history, science, and geography.[6]

After the user picks a topic, he or she has the ability to either challenge a friend to a match or be paired against a random player.[7] Users have the option of signing into the app through a social media platform such as Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ which allows for the user to see current friends who are using the app, invite friends to join them on the app, or challenge friends to a game.[8] The user can also choose to sign into QuizUp with an email address and not connect with a social media site.[2] Players have the option of choosing to play a friend or a random stranger who may be in another country.[4]

When the user has challenged someone, and the opposing user agrees to play the match begins. Each match consists of six normal rounds and one bonus round that concludes the game.[2] In each of the six normal rounds, the same question is given to each player with ten seconds to choose an answer out of the four responses provided.[2] Users are awarded for the accuracy and speed of their answer, with a maximum of 20 points awarded per round.[2] Point totals are doubled during the bonus round.[2] Answering slowly or not giving an answer at all results in reduced points or no points respectively.[2]

The maximum points possible to be scored in a single game is 160 [(6 rounds x 20 points)+(1 bonus round x 40 points)].[9] The player with the most points wins the match.

Experience points[edit]

Players earn experience points in a category after completing a game in that category.[10] The points one earns depends on how well they performed during the game. Experience points earned is the sum of:

This gives a maximum of 300 experience points per game (without any power-up bonuses). A power-up multiplier (which can multiply your score- default is 1x) can be applied by way of in-app purchase for 2x, 3x or 4x.[11] After a certain amount of experience points are earned, a player will level up in the category.[10]

200 points are required to move from a user's starting point of level 1 to level 2. After that, the experience points required to increase a level are the previous level's points plus 70. This means that the number of points required to move from level n-1 to level n is 60+70n, and the total points required to reach level n after first starting it is 35n2+95n-130.

Once a player reaches the tenth level within a category, and every tenth level thereafter up to level 50, they will earn a "title" which can be displayed under their screen name/user name.[12]

Players can also participate in global, country, state, friends, and nearby rankings using experience points. The player can earn a banner on their QuizUp user page from being in the top 10 or being in first, second, or third place. Friends and nearby rankings are excluded from the player achieving banners. The rankings also has a monthly and an all time feature.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Lora Kolodny (December 26, 2013). "QuizUp Takes Over Where Trivial Pursuit Left Off- The Mobile Generation". Wall Street Journal. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Leah Yamshon (March 6, 2014). "You Should Play: QuizUp". TechHive. 
  3. ^ Rachel Weber (March 14, 2014). "QuizUp's Thor Fridriksson: The man with all the answers". Game Industry. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Roof, Katie (March 6, 2014). "QuizUp Debuts On Android; How An Icelandic Game Became An Overnight Success". Forbes.com. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  5. ^ Uptin Saiidi (May 19, 2014). "App's ‘fairy-tale’ ride gains users and revenue". CNBC. 
  6. ^ "QuizUp". Plain Vanilla Games. 
  7. ^ Jenna Wortham (December 31, 2013). "QuizUp, a Social Trivia App, Tests Mobile Gamers". New York Times. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
  8. ^ Jaime Rigg (April 22, 2014). "Download: Show your friends you're smarter than them with QuizUP". Engadget. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
  9. ^ Jonah Bromwich (December 20, 2013). "If You Need a New Addiction, Try QuizUp". New York Times. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c d "How XP Works". Plain Vanilla Games. May 19, 2014. Retrieved July 3, 2014. 
  11. ^ Matthew Sparkes (December 6, 2013). "QuizUp: can it replicate the Draw Something fad?". The Telegraph. Retrieved July 3, 2014. 
  12. ^ "How Do I Change My Title?". Plain Vanilla Games. May 24, 2014. Retrieved July 3, 2014. 
  13. ^ Example rankings

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