Parents need to know that "It's Quiz Time" is a downloadable party trivia game that can be played by yourself, or better yet, with others. In fact, the game lets you stream to platforms like Twitch and YouTube. Along with the large database of questions, there's also personalized content, and you can create your own quizzes. The game was designed for all ages, with many categories: from cartoons and video games to history and sports and more.
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
"It's Quiz Time" is billed as the world's biggest party quiz game for consoles and PCs. Hosted by Salli, a witty (and sometimes snarky) female AI (artificial intelligence) host, gamers are treated to more than 25,000 questions and answers in thousands of different categories – from geography and history to health and sports to pop culture references, including TV shows, video games, music, and more. The game can be played in single-player mode or as a multiplayer match with up to eight players who can use their smartphones as controllers (via Wi-Fi or cellular), and played locally or over the internet. With a unique twist on this genre, the Live Show mode allows players to stream their game on Twitch, YouTube, or Mixer – and compete against up to 10,000 viewers guessing the answer at the same time, using chat.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
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This trivia game is both entertaining and engaging, allowing players to essentially tailor their experience to suit their game show needs. Along with (mostly) good questions, covering a wide range of topics, "It's Quiz Time" personalizes its content to each individual player. So, depending on your age and interests, the game adapts the questions and topics players receive. Plus, you can create your own "playlists," with custom questions and answers, giving you tools to create something unique for both collaborative or competitive play. Salli, the robotic host, is great, though perhaps not as entertaining as the cheeky host of the "You Don't Know Jack" series (or Buzz from the "Buzz!" games).
Using your mobile phone is intuitive for most people, plus the unique option to broadcast your game (on Twitch, YouTube, or Mixer) in the Live Show mode is fun and fresh, as you compete with up to 10,000 viewers. Some of the questions are duds, though, such as those focusing on TV shows from more than 10 years ago, and there are some inaccurate questions (Smite is a popular first-person shooter?). There's also some repetition – which isn't something you'd expect with so many questions. But overall, this game should make trivia fans happy for its many unique features, accessible play, and good production values.
RATING AND CONTENT
Recommended for ages 10 and older
Quality: 4 out of 5
Positive messages: 2 out of 5
Positive role models: 1 out of 5
Ease of play: 5 out of 5
Violence: 0 out of 5
Sex: 0 out of 5
Language: 0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, and smoking: 0 out of 5
Consumerism: 0 out of 5 (Are products/advertisements embedded? Is the title part of a broader marketing initiative/empire? Is the intent to sell things to kids?)
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
Developer: Vision Games Publishing Ltd.
Release date: November 28, 2017
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