HQ Trivia [Free] is close to reaching Flappy Bird-levels of popularity with practically everyone I know, even total non-gamers, playing along. If you haven't fiddle with it yet, HQ is a live trivia game show that fires off a couple times a day and after asking 12 questions awards anyone who gets them all right a share of the prize pool. The game I just played was for $2,500 resulting in a surprisingly decent split of $17.24 per person- All for just diddling around in a game for 15 minutes. Like most trivia game shows, the questions start out easy and rapidly increase in difficulty and obscurity.

The somewhat expected result of this system of giving away cash prizes for such a simple game is an unbelievable amount of bots, cheats, and other hacks that have sprung up to try to exploit the system. The problem is, most of these are super complicated to set up and require a pretty high level of knowledge when it comes to running and configuring cobbled together computer programs off github. This is where HQuack comes in, as if you can use a web browser you can use HQuack.

The way HQuack works is actually pretty clever- It reads the questions from the app then behind the scenes searches Google, Wikipedia, and other data sources to score answers that show up the most. They're claiming 85% accuracy, which... so far seems pretty spot on. Using HQuack I was able to make it to the 7th question doing nothing but answering what it told me to, then it missed one (so I lost), but then continued to provide correct answers.

I think the best way to use HQ Trivia cheats like HQuack is to treat them like advisors. No AI bot in this sort of trivia game is ever going to have 100% accuracy, so use your brain and if you really don't know the answer cross your fingers and do what HQuack says. Using HQuack is as simple as navigating to HQuack.com when a game is about to start. Or, you could not cheat in video games, but, you do you.

  • http://adamsimmersive.com Adams Immersive

    The best way to use a cheating app is not at all. They make gaming worse.

    • Sterling Archer

      And when everyone has the edge, no one has the edge.

  • Michaelbacon

    Yeah. It sucks with the cheating. Obvious it would happen but still sucks. I am interested to see how HQuack does but I wouldn't want my first win to be from cheating.

  • dancingcrane

    First time I’ve been unhappy with a TA review. Please don’t encourage cheating.

  • Chris

    Why would TA post something like this?

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Because it's something people are interested in, the same reason we post anything.

      • Chris

        But cheating? Seems like it would turn off patreons more than it would drive eyeballs...

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        I'd hope people who back us on Patreon would understand the need to write things people want to read about, it's the same reason we write guides on free to play games which commenters also like to get upset over.

      • dancingcrane

        I’ll never have a problem with guides on “how to play” any kind of game. Even candy crush, if you’ve a mind to.

        But how to pirate them or how to cheat on them, no. Sorry. Please don’t encourage people to use cheats that make gameplay frustrating for others. My only hope is that knowing about HQuack will help HQ Trivia find a way to break/disallow it.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        ¯_(ツ)_/¯ I’m not sure what HQ can really do about this, all it’s doing is entering the questions into Google.

  • Geoff

    Long time reader, first time commenter.

    I'm very disappointed to read this article. As someone who has worked in gaming anti-cheat for years, I'd like to share why this is harmful.

    I think it goes without saying that when cheats exist in a competitive game game, it ruins the experience for honest players. Cheating in HQ may not be like cheats in other competitive game because it doesn't prevent someone else from winning, but it does diminish the value of any honest victory. It makes honest players not want to play the game and churn, leaving a greater percentage of cheaters in the ecosystem, exacerbating the problem. Eventually the game boils down to who is using the most effective cheat.

    When you release an article like this, you're giving cheat developers free advertisement. You're identifying a specific cheat app by name and providing a link to their website, which is increasing visibility and driving traffic their way. What makes me really upset is the framing of this article: how the difficulty of cheat development is a "problem", how HQuack is different and easy to use, and you close by suggesting that players use it. I'm also disappointed by your response to feedback given by readers. It's clear to me you don't understanding the damage being done...or it's entirely possible you understand perfectly well and you're okay with it.

    As a reputable mobile gaming site, if you want to write a story on cheating, that's fine. But even an impartial article (which yours is not) is harmful for the reasons above. If you're a news site whose goal is highlighting great mobile games and feel it's important to talk about cheating, you have a responsibility to also cover how harmful cheats can be for the game developers and the player experience.

    • Roman K.

      Well done. Couldn't have said it any better myself.

  • Armand Frigon

    This article makes me very uncomfortable. Why would TA publish this?

  • Muhammad Awan