I stumbled across Wiki Hunt [99¢] accidentally looking for something completely unrelated on the App Store, and after spending a surprising amount of time playing it this weekend, I can't help but recommend it to everyone who has ever found themselves hopelessly lost browsing random articles on Wikipedia for an entire afternoon.

The basics idea behind Wiki Hunt is that you start on a Wikipedia article and try to make it to the target article in as few clicks as possible. You can play a completely random game where Wiki Hunt chooses your start page and your end page, a custom game where you pick the start and end, or my personal favorite: Six clicks to Jesus.

The completely random article mode sometimes results in the two pages being so frustratingly different that you can go forever trying to link them together. You can almost always get to the Jesus article inside of a few clicks from even the most random starting article. Of course, if you get stuck, you can always view the solutions which often are extremely amusing by themselves as getting from one article to another often involves the absolute strangest links.

Wiki Hunt is a universal application, and while it's playable on both devices, not having to use the mobile browser Wikipedia pages makes playing the game on the iPad a much better experience:

Wiki Hunt is surprisingly fun to play with friends, usually involving lots of shoulder surfing and arguing over whether or not you can get to the Christopher Columbus article by clicking through the 1950 Boston Red Sox season article or not. Also, since the game objective requires you to read each of the articles you're clicking through to figure out how to go next, you find yourself learning all kinds of interesting facts, all while playing a game.

I really can't believe how much more fun Wikipedia is when you add an extremely basic link searching game on top of it. If you're a fan of reading random Wikipedia articles, you really need to give Wiki Hunt a spin.

App Store Link: Wiki Hunt, 99¢ (Universal)

TouchArcade Rating

  • http://www.techzang.com Jack

    Sounds awesome!

  • http://www.techzang.com Jack

    Sounds awesome!

  • Tocarina

    I love doing this with iTunes...I need this

  • Tocarina

    I love doing this with iTunes...I need this

  • Adams Immersive

    That’s funny — I already do this sometimes with the Wikipedia site. Cool to see it in game form! I used to do it with a word processor’s thesaurus too. (Try it!)

    • Noman

      I remember just clicking links on wikipedia to see where it took me, this is awesome.

  • Adams Immersive

    That’s funny — I already do this sometimes with the Wikipedia site. Cool to see it in game form! I used to do it with a word processor’s thesaurus too. (Try it!)

    • Noman

      I remember just clicking links on wikipedia to see where it took me, this is awesome.

  • Cookies

    I've been playing the "Wikipedia game" with friends for years in my tutor base at school, it's kinda funny to see it made into an app though. I can't imagine it being as fun as seeing who can get to Harrison Ford from the Berlin Wall the quickest, but I'll give it a go. Not sure why you'd need a game to play something that can be done for free on normal wikipedia however.

  • Cookies

    I've been playing the "Wikipedia game" with friends for years in my tutor base at school, it's kinda funny to see it made into an app though. I can't imagine it being as fun as seeing who can get to Harrison Ford from the Berlin Wall the quickest, but I'll give it a go. Not sure why you'd need a game to play something that can be done for free on normal wikipedia however.

  • http://toughtouch.blogspot.com Gley Riviery

    I used to play a similar game called "IMDB seek", which we browse from a reference (person or title) to another.

  • http://toughtouch.blogspot.com Gley Riviery

    I used to play a similar game called "IMDB seek", which we browse from a reference (person or title) to another.

  • Doomboy

    Hmm, is good but could be improved on some fronts. For example, when you complete a path and it appears in your history there should be an option that lets play it again, which will be good to try and improve your score and see the solution, and is easier to do than having to type it in manually. Plus, when you exit the the app it does NOT save your game data so you cannot resume your game when you come back. I might be wrong about either of these points so I would be grateful if someone 'in the know' could point out that out to me, but hopefully the dev will read this and fix this in an update. Otherwise great game, is good for passing the time!

  • Doomboy

    Hmm, is good but could be improved on some fronts. For example, when you complete a path and it appears in your history there should be an option that lets play it again, which will be good to try and improve your score and see the solution, and is easier to do than having to type it in manually. Plus, when you exit the the app it does NOT save your game data so you cannot resume your game when you come back. I might be wrong about either of these points so I would be grateful if someone 'in the know' could point out that out to me, but hopefully the dev will read this and fix this in an update. Otherwise great game, is good for passing the time!

  • http://www.techzang.com Jack

    Alright, Touch Arcade! I couldn't help myself.....I went ahead and bought it!
    We shall see...

  • http://www.techzang.com Jack

    Alright, Touch Arcade! I couldn't help myself.....I went ahead and bought it!
    We shall see...

  • Itamar

    @doomboy: the game does save your state and asks you if you want to resume where you left off next time you launch the app.
    Replaying a game from the history list is a great idea - why not contact their support and ask fir that feature?

    • Doomboy

      Sorry, if I quit the app leaving it at a wiki page, when I come back it just returns back to the home screen...? Am I doing something wrong?

  • Itamar

    @doomboy: the game does save your state and asks you if you want to resume where you left off next time you launch the app.
    Replaying a game from the history list is a great idea - why not contact their support and ask fir that feature?

    • Doomboy

      Sorry, if I quit the app leaving it at a wiki page, when I come back it just returns back to the home screen...? Am I doing something wrong?

  • Joel

    Sounds like a clever and fun game.

    Per the article (SPOILER ALERT) 1950 Boston Red Sox season -> Massachusetts -> American History -> Columbus. :-)

  • Joel

    Sounds like a clever and fun game.

    Per the article (SPOILER ALERT) 1950 Boston Red Sox season -> Massachusetts -> American History -> Columbus. :-)

  • Björn Hagström

    No Bacon factor? That is a must for a game like this...

  • Björn Hagström

    No Bacon factor? That is a must for a game like this...

  • Vidya

    Game doesn't seem to work with any words that have spaces in it. Like "beer" and "beer keg" no solutions found. Game sucks

  • Vidya

    Game doesn't seem to work with any words that have spaces in it. Like "beer" and "beer keg" no solutions found. Game sucks

  • Danielle

    i play this on IMDB.
    kevin bacon to reese witherspoon in three go!

  • Danielle

    i play this on IMDB.
    kevin bacon to reese witherspoon in three go!

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    Game doesn't seem to work with any words that have spaces in it. Like "beer" and "beer keg" no solutions found. Game sucks

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