Trivial Free: iPhone App Written and Video Review
Here lately we have been seeing an absolute explosion within the genre we’ve been calling “turn-based-arcade-multiplayer”—we promise we’ll come up with a better word for it eventually. Still, we’ve seen a lot of online trivia games, but we have to admit, none do what they do quite as well as Trivial Free by developer MobileFWD. It’s the first app yet to show a true shine and polish that’s been missing from all other Draw Something clones—a label we would never put upon Trivial. For our full review of this great online application, check below beyond the break!
Concept and Gameplay
As stated, Trivial fits very squarely into the burgeoning genre of turn-based multiplayer games. This is the sort like Words with Friends that has you pitting your skills against your mates’ with turn-based puzzling. Trivial performs in, more or less, the same way.
Essentially, you will be answering a full set of trivia questions as quickly as you can. For each right answer, you get so many points. Keep answering questions correctly, and you’ll get bonus points. This goes until you’re finished, and then it’s your opponents turn. Tennis style, you then play until both of you either get bored or finish the game. Along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to use various powerups, including a time reducer that gives you additional seconds, a 50/50 that gives you a better handle on the multiple choice answers the game is based upon, and a free pass which . . . well, that one is probably pretty self-explanatory.
All in all, we’ve seen other games do what Trivial does, but it’s the refinement in the questions and the presentation that absolutely knocks our socks off. The app is tremendously in-depth, and if you’re looking for a fun way to play some trivia with online foes, this is the way to go.
Design and Layout
Overall, we very much enjoyed the way that Trivial presents itself. As stated, the color sets, the animations, and even the menu design offer a level of polish that we typically only see with very well-established titles. Trivial offers it all immediately, and we can’t be thankful enough for it. We do wish the menus weren’t so “dense,” though: At times it felt like the developers had crammed a bit too much into such a small space, but overall, this is a negligible complaint.
Best of all, you won’t have to pay a dang thing to play Trivial Free! It comes with all the aforementioned features, and unless you become tired of the in-game adverts, you’ll not likely need to upgrade to the pro edition. All in all, this makes the app a tremendous value, as well as one of the single best multiplayer games we’ve had the joy of getting our hands on in recent memory. Truly, Trivial is iOS gold that gets our solid recommendation.
Trivial Free requires iOS 5.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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