I'm not always a fan of comparing games as "something meets something", but in the case of the just released Quizboard [Free] from Planeto I can't really think of a better descriptor than it's like Words With Friends meets Trivial Pursuit. Asynchronous multiplayer games seem to be the best fit for most mobile gaming titles, and Quizboard takes this to the trivia genre with a few interesting twists.

There are 10 different game board layouts in the premium version, and as you pick from a selection of questions from various categories you lay them out on the board trying to be first to hit an end goal point with the highest score. The real strategy lies with special gameplay elements like multiplier squares, the ability to stack same category questions to build the point payout, streak bonuses for answering questions right in a row, and more. Part of the fun in Quizboard is utilizing these little nuances in the gameplay to really rack up a high score.

I've been playing Quizboard for the past couple of weeks after a friend turned me onto it, and even though I'm not a huge trivia buff I've really been having a great time. The questions aren't overly hard and they hit a lot of categories that interest me. It's free to download Quizboard and play to your heart's content, but there will be ads in the game and access to only one board. From within the game it's $2.99 to unlock the premium version which gets rid of ads and gives you access to the rest of the game boards.

If you like playing live trivia against people but don't always have the time, Quizboard should be able to fit right into your schedule. And hey, it's free to try out so there's no reason not to give it a go even if you're not typically big on trivia titles.

  • http://twitter.com/MFCH MFCH

    Looks interesting, but such a poor choice of generic background music.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5FLRQI2X2LU3IHMCG7HEAEFD5I Cat Astrophy

    Meh, just like Words With Friends I would end up cheating (Anagram solver for scrabble ftw) by googling quiz answers on the phone.

    You can't cheat in Draw Something w/o looking like an idiot (literally drawing the words of the answer which some people do and I immediately stop playing with them).

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5FLRQI2X2LU3IHMCG7HEAEFD5I Cat Astrophy

    Google makes this too easy. Just like an anagram solver makes Words With Friends too easy. Only Draw Something is fun.

    • LKR

      It isn't Google that makes this game easy, it's the incredibly simple questions combined with bad multiple choice. Trivia is great, but this is trivial - I haven't had to think about a single question so far, as every answer has been glaringly obvious. Shame, it could have been cool.

      • Martin Walfisz

        Hi! I'm one of the developers, so I thought that I'd quickly reply to your concerns. :)

        Quizboard has an automated difficulty level algorithm, so it calibrates the questions selection to each individual player. But the first 20-30 questions are typically too easy for many players, until the algorithm has some user-specific data to work with. We're thinking of increasing the first-time difficulty, but don't want to alienate players who don't find the initial questions as easy.

        Also, replying to Cat Astrophy: all questions are timed at 25 seconds, so even though you could probably quickly Google some answers, it takes a considerable effort to cheat consistently.

        Anyway, thanks for your feedback! Please don't hesitate to send us more. 

      • Rob Smith

        Matt, how does it calibrate questions to each player? I get a lot of repeat questions

      • Martin Walfisz

        Well, in short we have two components:

        1. We have a "memory of answered questions" that keeps the 1000 last questions that you have answered, and tries to make sure that you don't get them again. If you have answered more than 1000 questions, there is a chance that you might get repeat questions. (And we might also currently have a bug that gives you more repeat questions than intended.)

        2. The difficulty level algorithm looks at the last five questions you've answered and depending on how well (or bad) you answered the questions it will select easier or more difficult subsequent questions.

        Also note that if you're at the level of getting really difficult questions there is a risk that you will get more repeat questions because we have fewer questions in the database at the difficult "fringes".

        I hope this helps. Cheers!