Great and unique apps are a big part of what has made the iPad such an amazing device, With that in mind, we offer up a quick review of one outstanding iPad app a week here each week.
Our weekly picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every Saturday. Check out all our picks via the link at the end of this post and you’ll soon have a collection of stellar apps for your favorite tablet.
This week’s pick is QuizUp: The Biggest Trivia Game in the World. I should note right away that this is not a ‘true’ iPad app – but rather an iPhone app that runs just fine on the iPad. The only major way this affects the app is that it works in portrait mode only, a limitation that quite a few full iPad apps also have. Given the type of app it is, there’s no negative impact at all with running it in 2X mode on the iPad.
If you enjoy trivia games at all, it will be near impossible not to avoid getting seriously hooked on this one.
Here’s a little of the app’s App Store description, which offers some detail on that ‘world’s biggest’ claim:
Join over 4 million people who love and play QuizUp! Challenge your friends and connect with others around the globe in the largest real-time trivia game ever. Go head to head in over 150,000 questions and 280 topics ranging from your favorite TV shows and books to sports and music. With new topics being added all the time, QuizUp is sure to keep you entertained and test your knowledge for hours on end!
The range of categories, and deep levels of sub-categories, is one of the most impressive things about QuizUp. Categories include Sports, Books, Tech, General Knowledge, Science, Music, Movies, Games, Business, Logos, History, Geography, and lots more – with new topics being added all the time.
The game is easy to play. You just pick a topic and dive right in. All the games are head-to-head matchups and you can invite friends to play or match up against randomly selected opponents. The random opponent games load up very quickly, much faster than I’m used to seeing in many other similar games.
Each love game has 7 questions on the chosen topic and the faster you answer correctly the more points you get. The final round question is worth double points for a correct answer. I’ve tried my hand at a good range of topics – Sports in general, baseball, basketball, soccer, tech, literature, music, logos, and more. I’ve found the question sets on all of them to be quite challenging, especially given the need for answering quickly.
I like the fact that you have a separate level status for each individual topic. So, for instance, I’m currently on Level 12 in Tech and Level 11 in Soccer:General, but only a Level 2 in Sports: General – because I haven’t spent much time with that last one yet.
I also like how easy it is to ask for an immediate rematch with an opponent after a close or interesting game. And you can issue your own rematch request or accept or reject rematch requests with just a quick tap.
The game notes your progress as you move up the ranks or reach particular achievements.
I’m a big fan of trivia games, and QuizUp is an instant big favorite for me. It’s not mildly addictive. It’s full-on crazily addictive. Just one more game and I’ll eat dinner that turns into 12 more games and 5 rematches type addictive. I only just started with the game in the early evening yesterday and hit 100 matches within a few hours.
The game is free but also has In-App purchases ranging from $1.99 to $5.99 to up your experience points. So far, I feel no need at all to use these and think it’s absolutely viable to just play the game and move up.
Here’s an App Store link for QuizUp; it’s a free app with In-App purchase options as mentioned above.
If you’re after more great iPad apps, be sure to check out our previous choices for Best iPad of the Week. We’ve also recently put together a best of the best of our free app selections in a Top 25 Best Free iPad Apps list.