Do you fancy yourself a know-it-all? Do you groan in frustration every time a game show contestant misses a blindingly obvious answer? Well, it's time for you to flex your brain power with 15 of the best trivia games for mobile devices. Whether you're a pop culture wunderkind, a history buff, sports stats junkie or movie maven, there's going to be something for you on our list.
If you think you know it all, give Trivia Crack (Android, iOS) a spin. The hit mobile quiz game combines cute, cartoon designs with a wide variety of trivia questions and a turn-based head-to-head system to great effect. Players may play against Facebook friends or random opponents, and spin the wheel to answer questions based on Sports, Science, History, Geography, Art or Entertainment to become the first to acquire six characters and win the game. Trivia Crack gets tactical with powerups that players can use to affect the game, as well as the ability to 'steal' enemy characters by wagering your own.
Trivia Crack Kingdoms (Android, iOS) gives the Trivia Crack formula a more focused approach by allowing players to subscribe to specific categories (or “channels”) of trivia questions, and then engaging in asynchronous head-to-head trivia battles against your Facebook friends or random opponents. Players can choose to play focused single-channel games or multi channel trivia matches. The asynchronous design allows you to have multiple games up while you wait for other players to take their turns.
QuizUp (Android, iOS) features a sharp, polished interface, a wide variety of trivia question categories and a diverse following of gamers to play against worldwide. Simply choose a category you want to compete in, and the app quickly matches you up against gamers worldwide. Rounds are a fast and furious affair, with players scored according to how quickly they can answer a series of multiple choice questions. In addition to the slick presentation and question variety, QuizUp has a strong social element, allowing you to play against friends, chat with other players and discuss questions and categories.
What do you call a group of zebras? What in the world is a mumpsimus? Inspired by party games like Balderdash, Psych! (Android, iOS) has you cooking up the zaniest but most plausible answers to these questions in order to fool your friends and score points. Each player secretly submits a funny but plausible answer, and once collected, the submissions (and the correct answer) are displayed on the screen, and players try to figure out which one is the correct one. If somebody chooses your submission, then you score a point, and if you guess the right answer, then you score a point as well. In-app purchases unlock additional themed trivia question packs, or can remove advertisements.
Jeopardy! is a TV classic, and now you can join in with the Android and iOS games. As with the TV show, the Jeopardy! mobile app has players compete over trivia questions covering a wide variety of topics, complete with customizable in-game avatars. Game modes include quick single-player games, pass-and-play multiplayer, and local Wi-Fi (iOS only). There are concessions for the mobile format, including the fact that questions are multiple choice rather than written down, but Jeopardy is still a solid trivia app.
While the Jeopardy app is a traditional recreation of the game show ported over to mobile, Sports Jeopardy (Android, iOS) feels more at home on your phone, as it’s built around social multiplayer, leader boards and power-ups. Players challenge their social media contacts or random strangers to quickfire bouts of head-to-head trivia or take a stab at the clue of the day. It’s a much faster mobile quiz game that keeps the same quality sports trivia, but some will lament the removal of solo play.
SongPop receives a major update with SongPop 2, which takes the original’s “name that tune” head-to-head quizzes and adds on to it with more gameplay modes, such as a “Party Mode” of daily tournaments, and a Music quiz practice mode. SongPop 2 features a vast library of playlists to test yourself against, based on genre and era, from Classic Rock and Country to music from the 60s, 70s, or even the 2010s. Players earn coins during matches, and these can used to unlock more playlists for head-to-head challenges. Impatient players can also use real cash to purchase more playlists. Android users can still enjoy the original SongPop while waiting for the update.