With election day quickly approaching in the USA, iPhone developer Super Boise has released a surprisingly fun free trivia game that pits the two major American political parties against each other in real-time online trivia battles. Political Fury: The Knowledge Battle [Free] begins by forcing you to pick sides between Democrats or Republicans. From there, it displays a bar that shows each party's score, with a scale that tips from side to side depending on who is winning more games of trivia.

After tapping play, the game searches for an opponent from the opposite political party, and you duke it out in a five question trivia battle in various categories ranging from geography to current events. Points are awarded per question based on who answers correctly first, and winning a round of trivia awards one point to your party's overall score. What's really cool about Political Fury is how seamless it all is. There's no annoying sign up process, all you do is download the game, choose a party, and you're off. It uses geolocation to figure out what state you're in, and when you're playing someone, you see their state and their current grade. Answering properly increases your grade, and obviously, answering incorrectly decreases it.

If you like trivia or have found yourself caught up in the pre-election drama, download Political Fury right away. With or without all the political mumbo jumbo, it's still really cool to be instantly matched up against another person in online trivia wars.

Update: It would appear that this game went from free to 99ยข a few moments after this story. Given the topical nature of the game and the fact that it likely won't have much appeal once the election is over next week, I can't really recommend buying it unless you'd really just love to battle members of the opposite political party for a couple days.

  • Jim

    You're having another election? Didn't you just have one?

    • Mgs2ss

      The midterm elections are coming up. They take place around 2 years after the four year elections (for the President). We vote for the members of Congress, the state Reps, and usually state governors as well. It is nice, because it gives the losing parties from the Presidential election to gain some ground (a super-majority, like the Democrats have now, is never good, regardless of the party). From the way it looks now, the Democrats are probably going to lose a good number of seats (probably not as many as Clinton's administration lost, but still a pretty significant number), with Republicans, independents, and smaller parties (like the Libertarian, Green, and Constitution parties) taking a fairly good number as well.

  • http://twitter.com/ifoneprogrammer Ryeley Kuykendall

    I think its the senate elections, govenor elections, and congress elections. But I am not sure. At least thats the case here in NY.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N3ZZDGYS2FW2DOFMPXV3SGSGY4 k88dad

      Part of the informed electorate, I see.

  • deadclown

    House elections are every two years. Senate is every six years, but staggered, so it's 33 or 34 senators up for reelection each time. Local and governor's races are every year and staggered, respectively.

    • deadclown

      And incidentally, this is an important election. Since the Dems will lose the house, and have about a 1 in 4 chance of losing the Senate. Which would make Obama a lame(r) duck president.

      Looking at a wave election that will look more like 1994 than 2006.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N3ZZDGYS2FW2DOFMPXV3SGSGY4 k88dad

        Democrat surprise, coming up.

      • Ben

        Umm, that's not what the term "lame-duck" means...

  • http://dendory.net Dendory

    Well, at least it has nice graphics! :P

  • Funkyflychicken

    How is this a free online trivia brawl? It's 99cents in the app store....

    Does look interesting tho, might be picking this up. Just wish there was another category for "I don't subscribe to either party's BS, and I just vote for who seems to have the better ideas for fixing this mess of a country". But I guess that's a little too long lol. Maybe they should add a "No Affiliation" group also.

    • cheenbean

      hmmm, i got it free.

  • Funkyflychicken

    What did they do, launch it free and then an hour later change it to paid? I clicked on the free link, as well as the link at the bottom of the article (which even states 99 cents).

    I'm in the USA app store btw. If this was free I would have grabbed it immediately, but now I'll have to wait until I recharge my itunes account next week.

    • Member

      Oct 28 '10 Free -> $.99
      Oct 26 '10 $.99 -> Free
      Oct 25 '10 Free -> $.99
      Oct 24 '10 $.99 -> Free
      Oct 23 '10 New App: $.99, v1.0

  • Funkyflychicken

    Ah thanks for the heads up Eli/TouchArcade. I thought maybe the trivia portion of it would hold up after the elections. Is the content really that limited that you feel it will be not worthwhile after election day?

    I wouldn't think the developers would make a game that ends after the election coming up, especially if charging for it...that would be really pointless imo. Could you clarify on that? My wife loves trivia games, and so does my dad, so I figured this might interest them as well.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Well, the game requires other people to play with. With how incredibly quickly people seem to forget about things in this country, I'm not entirely sure how long a player base will persist for a game that basically amounts to a cleverly disguised political party pissing match outside of election season.

      Looking at how much this has fluctuated in price over the last week, chances are it will be free again tomorrow... Just wait until then.

      • Funkyflychicken

        Ok thanks. Thinking about the whole "political party pissing match" thing actually now is turning me off to the game. I love the idea of an online trivia game grouping people somehow, and seeing how each group registers, but since I don't think either party knows what they want anymore, I don't want to have to choose a side in the game. Too bad not a "No Affiliation" 3rd group in the game.

        Thanks for the info!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N3ZZDGYS2FW2DOFMPXV3SGSGY4 k88dad

    My Dad always taught me not to get into a battle of wits with an unarmed man, so no thanks.

  • Ben

    What about us independents?