Show Off Your Trivia Expertise
Do you fancy yourself a know-it-all? Do you groan in frustration every time a game show contestant misses a blindingly obvious answer? Then 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.
HQ - Trivia & Words (Android, iOS: Free)
HQ (iOS, Android) is a neat trivia game that’s taken mobile gaming by storm with its live daily trivia contests held daily at 9 p.m. ET. Weekdays sometimes feature 3 p.m. ET games, and the app has branched out with themed tie-ins, including a sports trivia mode and a new "HQ Words" game that has players guessing popular words and phrases. iOS users can check out a new Daily Challenge feature that lets you play at any time to earn points that can help you last longer in HQ's cash games.
That's right — cash games. Players usually stand a chance to win a slice of a daily cash prize. Each game is usually made up of 12 multiple choice trivia questions, with players getting 10 seconds to answer each one. Get all of them right, and you can cash in on your share of whatever prize is at stake. The combination of accessible trivia questions, live hosted games, and real money payouts have turned this mobile upstart into a winner.
Jeopardy! World Tour
Jeopardy! World Tour (Android, iOS) is the latest version of the classic trivia game show on mobile, with players going up against each other in head to head matches or with solo play in offline mode. Questions come in multiple choice format, with a broad variety of categories and difficulty levels. Players can use a variety of power-ups to help them out in each round, such as by removing false answers, or increasing the time allotted to answer a question. You can challenge friends to matches, play against strangers online, and climb your way up the game's online leader boards, or just relax and fire off a few rounds of trivia questions, depending on how competitive you're feeling.
Trivia Crack 2 (Android, iOS: Free)
Trivia Crack returns with a new and improved version that does more than just add a fresh coat of paint. Trivia Crack 2 (Android, iOS) includes new game modes such as a head-to-head time attack mode called Tower Challenge as well as daily challenges and tasks — all of which you can play against your Facebook friends or random opponents. The Classic mode that Trivia Crack is built on is still here, as players compete to collect themed charcters that mirror trivia categories. This version has added more characters to collect depending on the question themes. The app's advertising does come on a bit strong in Trivia Crack 2, though a VIP subscription removes ads and provides in-game perks such as endless lives, special packs and discounts. You can also stick to the original Trivia Crack (Android, iOS), which has just introduced a new live trivia showdown mode featuring cash prizes, very much in the style of HQ Trivia.
Trivia Crack Kingdoms (Android, iOS: Free)
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: Free)
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.
Trivia 360 (Android, iOS: Free)
Trivia 360 (Android, iOS) offers thousands of trivia questions in a variety of game categories to keep things fresh, without distracting you with too many frills. Questions can come in the form of multiple choice, true or false, and identification questions. Users can select question categories and submit or rate questions, as well as view leaderboards. The advertising appears aggresively at the end of rounds, but an in-app purchase can remove ads if you find them too obtrusive.
Psych! (Android, iOS: Free, in-app purchases)
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.
SongPop 2 (iOS: Free)
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.
Guess The Song (Android: Free)
Where Songpop is all about the online multiplayer, Guess The Song is more single-player friendly, with players chasing scores instead of trying to beat the other player. Simply choose a category to play for, and then you get the same kind of multiple choice questions and a small clip of music. The faster you answer and the more you get in a row, the higher your score. You can trade in the points you earn for new categories to play. An interesting feature is a local split-screen multiplayer mode that makes for a nice 1v1 party game.
Millionaire Trivia (Android, iOS: Free)
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire goes mobile with the Millionaire Trivia app (Android, iOS), which translates the game show experience to the touch screen. This app puts a pair of players through a battery of trivia questions of increasing difficulty, with classic lifelines such as 50:50, Ask The Audience, and Ask An Expert. You're playing for points and leaderboard spots rather than PayPal cashouts, and a system of coins and unlockable mystery boxes are among the free-to-play elements, but it's still a fun trivia experience that you can play in short bursts.
Fleetwit (iOS: Free, in-app purchases)
Maybe you'd like to put your money where your mouth is, when it comes to trivia. Fleetwit features live real-time "brain races" where participants try to solve puzzles and answer trivia questions correctly and as quickly as possible. There are a variety of races that you can participate in for free, but users can also buy credits (or earn them through in-app actions) to participate in higher tier brain races with winners scoring prizes like cash or gift certificates. An update to the game now lets you challenge others — including celebrities — to a battle of wits.
Quizcapade (Android: Free)
A free-to-play quiz game by the Fleetwit team, Quizcapade offers up shor- burst trivia gaming as you try to top the online scoreboards. Players start with a small pool of coins, and choose how much they want to hazard on a quickfire bout of 10 trivia questions ranging from history, science to pop culture. You earn more coins if you complete the set, or lose it all if you get a question wrong. If you wipe out all your coins, then you can wait an hour to get a set of free coins, or buy a coin pack with an in-app purchase.
Popcorn Trivia (Android, iOS: Free)
Fancy yourself a movie maven? Test your wits in PopcornTrivia (Android, iOS), a free-to-play movie trivia game. The app comes with trivia questions for a wide variety of movies and genres, with answers earning you popcorn that you can use to customize your avatar or on premium question packs for popular TV series. PopcornTrivia includes both single-player and multiplayer modes, as well as leader boards and a stat tracker.
Sporcle (Android: $1.99; iOS: $2.99)
Trivia quiz website Sporcle has been busy destroying productivity since 2007 with this brain teasers, and the mobile app's quick-playing quizzes are just as addictive. Sporcle (Android, iOS) features thousands of quizzes in a variety of topics, such as history, entertainment, science and literature, with players trying to list down all possible answers that fit a given question. Sporcle regularly updates with new quizzes, and players can even sign up for a Sporcle account to comment on and rate quizzes, as well as create and upload their own.
Quizoid (Android, iOS: Free)
Quizoid (Android, iOS) won't be winning any design awards for its Spartan looks, but the app is a challenging, no-nonsense single-player trivia game that strips out social extras and online components. Players try to get the highest scores they can by running through a gantlet of questions, while armed with three lifelines. Answer wrong, and the game is over. Quizoid features up to 7,000 questions in 17 categories, such as entertainment, mathematics and sports. In-app purchases add question packs, and can remove advertising. If you like your trivia games without any extra fluff, then give Quizoid a shot.
More Brain Teasers
Trivia games aren't the only way to challenge your noggin. Check out these brain training apps, or iPhone owners might find something to get the intellectual juices flowing in our best iOS puzzle and word games. We also have a roundup of the best all-around games for Android as well. Think something is missing from our list? Hit us up in the comments.