If you've been craving a game of Trivial Pursuit but can't manage to get your friends together, you may want to check out one of the newest additions to the Play Store. QuizUp is a slick and fast trivia game with a focus on head-to-head multiplayer. The easy matchmaking, varied topics, and impressive presentation have made it a hit on iOS, where's it's maintained a 4.5-star rating.

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The game is very simple: log in via Google+, Facebook, or email, select a category, and you'll be automatically matched with a random player who's near your skill level. Each round is made up of seven questions. Answering correctly awards points, with faster answers getting more points and incorrect answers scoring zero (with no further penalty). The last question is a bonus round, with double points awarded for correct, speedy answers. The most points at the end of the round wins, gaining an XP boost to push you up through the arbitrary levels and ranks. Rounds are quick, rarely lasting more than two minutes. Losing doesn't really carry any sort of penalty, you just earn less experience than the winner.

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The sheer breadth of topics is probably what keeps people coming back: in fourteen main categories ranging from arts to history to sports, there are sub-categories as diverse as WWI history and Disney trivia. If you really want to test your knowledge, you can select the "general" sub-category in each section, or try the overall general category for truly random questions. The presentation is great, making for easy and readable navigation, and it's easy to find interesting topics after a quick round. Integration with Facebook, Google+, and Google Play Games is handy for directly challenging your friends, though QuizUp seems overly fond of sharing like most socially-focused games.

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QuizUp is free with no advertising, and there are only three in-app purchases: one-hour experience boosters that come in double, triple, and quadruple XP boosters for $2.50, $5.00, and $7.50. These seem to go against the idea of ranked matches, since a player who artificially inflates his or her level will soon be outmatched in that category by players who got there organically. Still, the game is well worth a look from anyone who wants to test their knowledge in quick battles with real people.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • spacekobra

    Warning to those who are on ART.
    It doesn't work.

    Warning to everyone else,
    It's still buggy from the beta, occasional crashes and missing pictures and notifications that take a while to dismiss.

  • Pupdog

    I've been playing the beta for a few weeks. Love this game,

  • Drifter2410

    Doesn't work on ART. Damn It! :@

  • selonmoi

    It has that distinct crappy-iOS-port look to it, doesn't it? Pass.

    • krazyfrog

      The UI is not exactly native to iOS either. Stop behaving like an entitled spoilt brat.

  • Ingo

    In Germany everyone (more than 10 million on Android and iOS) plays Quizduell: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=se.feomedia.quizkampen.de.lite
    which offers only one InApp: get premium version of the game without ads and nag screens. Offering XP-Boosters as InApp kind of breaks the game...

    • Matthew Fry

      I don't know what I was expecting. Of course it's in German. At least the IAPs appear to be double edged swords. It just pits you against people that are smarter than you.

      • Ingo

        The company in fact is swedish, but they only have a german and a swedish version as far as I know, more might come. I only mentioned it because I think the InApp-Payments QuizUp has are brain-dead and the only fair InApp is paying once to get access to the paid version of a game (which Quizduell has).

  • Ivan Martinez

    Does anyone else have the issue where it doesn't show all your G+ friends? Mine ends at the Cs, which sucks because I'm trying to invite friends that start with J, etc.

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  • didibus

    Can you specifically choose to play against one of your friend, or is it always random match up?

    • Justin Hess

      You can happily choose which match you want to play and with whom. Or go straight to a topic, challenge a friend or select Play Now from a topic and it will randomly find a player of similiar calibre

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    Is the game supposed to pit me against someone with XP similar to mine on a topic? (I would hope so). But quizup doesn't do that properly. More often than not, I'm pitted against people with 20+ XP when I'm just starting on that topic.

    The beta version on Android was kinda slow; i.e. in game, I was frequently loosing the connection; while the game was playing fine on my iPad. Hope they've fixed this issue.

  • MarkG54321

    American questions, or a true internationally relevant quiz? That's the usual problem. TV means obscure American TV shows, History means US history, Geography means questions on one of the 50 US states and soforth...

  • Cesar

    Shame it doesn't work with ART.

  • Raymond Berger

    Well the connect with facebook doesn't work and barely any of my friends have or use a G+ account :/

  • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

    It's fantastic! I really like the game. And now comes with ART support!