With shows like Jeopardy! on TV and trivia quizzes readily available for free online, it can be hard to find a worthwhile trivia videogame to spend your money on. After all, why pay for what you can get for free? Some of the better ones, like Scene It? Horror, hone in on one particular body of knowledge, like scary movies, and appeal to devoted fans. Gamers, your day has come. Quiz Game Land is a trivia game that focuses on videogames.
If you can recall the days when Sega commercials touted the amazing things Genesis did and Nintendidn’t, then this is the game for you. If you have no idea what country Chun Li is from, then you’ll probably want to mosey along.
The core of Quiz Game Land is its bank of questions. It comes with over 1,000 questions that range from the obvious (which company made the NES?) to the obscure (What is the name of the doctor in “Brain Training”?) and from current generation games all the way on back to the prehistoric 1980s. Even with all of those questions, you’ll see some repeated several times before you’ll encounter them all. The questions are all multiple choice, and some have pictures or audio to go along with them.
The game has three different modes, all of which are enjoyable in their own right. If you have some time on your hands, you might choose the Story mode, which is set up as a board game, much like the Mario Party series. You advance through numerous boards by rolling dice and moving along a branching pathway to the end of each level. You have a certain number of health points, and when you run out (by answering questions incorrectly), you lose.
Next is Millionaire mode, which is structured like the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? You are asked 15 questions of escalating difficulty, and one wrong answer spells failure. The final option is Nightmare mode, which just throws questions at you with no breaks until you get one wrong. Both Game Center and OpenFeint track your high scores.
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Regardless of which mode you choose, you have three lifelines to help you out. One removes two of the incorrect answers, one grants you extra time to solve the question you’re on, and one skips the question entirely. You’re limited to one of each of the lifelines in Millionaire and Nightmare modes, but you can earn extras in Story mode by playing minigames. The minigames are simple distractions like rock paper scissors, Simon Says, or a slot machine, but they do a good job of breaking up the gameplay.
The biggest complaint we have is that there’s no multiplayer in Quiz Game Land. Board games are made to be played with buddies, and since this is a universal app, playing on the iPad with a group of friends would be a great way to geek out. Online multiplayer would be a fine addition too, but single player is all you get at the moment.
Aside from that, long-time gamers will find little not to love here. Quiz Game Land is a top notch trivia game with a terrific sense of humor, and the whole thing is presented in a charming retro style that’s sure to please to anyone interested in the subject matter. In fact, it already ranks among our very favorite trivia games. If they ever add multiplayer, it just might make our heads explode.