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.
HQ (iOS, Android) is a neat trivia game that’s taken the App Store by storm with its live daily trivia contests held 9 p.m. ET, and 3 p.m. ET on weekdays. The icing on the cake? Players stand a chance to win a slice of a daily cash prize. Each game is made up of 12 multiple choice trivia questions, with players getting 10 seconds to answer each one. Get all of them right, and you get a slice of the daily cash prize paid out to PayPal. The combination of accessible trivia questions, live hosted games, and real money payouts have turned this mobile upstart into a winner.
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.
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.
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.