Windows Phone Central Game Roundup: Trivia Games
What year was Julius Caesar born? What cartoon did Mickey Mouse debut in? What's the capital of Ecuador?
If you know these answers you may have a fighting chance at the Windows Phone games in this week's roundup. Trivia games on our Windows Phone can be an entertaining and educational way to pass the time with.
You've got trivia games to identify popular product logos, silhouettes of popular cartoon characters, and your traditional question/answer type games. There's a nice spattering of trivia oriented games in the Windows Phone Store and many challenge your knowledge on subjects that include subjects such as current events, popular culture and history. We picked four for the roundup and if we missed your favorite, sound off in the comments below.
Cartoon Quiz (trial/$.99): Cartoon Quiz tests your knowledge on cartoon characters ranging from those over at Disney to the Pixar crowd.
Cartoon Quiz has five levels of play with a special and bonus level. Game play is rather simple, you're presented with a silhouette of the character and you guess who it is. Clear the level and advance to the next. Need a hint, you've got the "Jolly" (the star at the bottom of the screen) that will solve the riddle for you. Just use the Jolly wisely because you only have three.
Cartoon Quiz can be challenging and is a nice game to add to your Windows Phone Kid's Corner should you have younger Windows Phone users in your house. There is a free trial that lets you play the first level with the full version of Cartoon Quiz running $.99.
You can find Cartoon Quiz here in the Windows Phone Store.
Pick it up Trivia (free): Pick it up Trivia is a huge collection of trivia questions (over 15,000) with dozens of categories. You play against others online in a ten question match and have fifteen seconds to answer each. If you miss a question, a nasty buzzer sounds and the correct answer is highlighted in green. A factoid will also appear expanding on the answer.
The faster you answer, the more cash (pretend) you are awarded. Obviously, you are trying to win the most cash amongst those playing in the match.
At the end of each match, you'll see how your performance rates up against the average player and there is a career leaderboard.
Pick it up Trivia has some rather tough questions in its library and can be rather humbling. You can easily walk away from Pick it up Trivia knowing just a little more than you did when you started the game.
Pick it up Trivia is a free game for your Windows Phone 8 and 7.x device. It may very well be the best free trivia game for your Windows Phone. You can find Pick it up Trivia here in the Windows Phone Store.
Logos Quiz (free): Know what logo Kleenex Tissues looks like? How about an easy one, McDonalds? Logos Quiz will test your knowledge of product and corporate logos.
Logos Quiz has 640 logos that you see every day on television, in the newspaper, online or driving down the road. The game is spread out over eight levels of play.
Game play is straight forward. You are presented with a partial logo an you have to guess correctly the company or product it represents. Each riddle has up to three hints you can draw upon if you get stumped and there is an online leaderboard so you can compare your progress with others.
Logos Quiz is a fun game for your Windows Phone 8 or 7.x device and you'll find yourself saying "doh, I knew that" plenty of times.
Logos Quiz is a free, ad-supported game that you can find here in the Windows Phone Store.
Trivial Pursuit (trial/$2.99): Couldn't have a trivia game roundup and not mention the game that revolutionized the trivia game. Trivial Pursuit rode a very large popularity wave in the 1980's and is still a very popular game today.
While the traditional board game is a little cumbersome for on the go so enter the Xbox Windows Phone version. Trivial Pursuit has all the challenges of the original game but a lot easier to take on the road.
For those not familiar with Trivial Pursuit, you roll the dice and move playing pieces around the playing board. The colored squares you land on represent a trivia category you will have to answer a question on. You work your way around the board eventually landing on the "pie" tiles where a correctly answered question will land you a colored pie piece. Be the first to collect all the colored pie pieces, work your way back to the center tile and answer the last question correct and you win.
You can play solo games, games against the computer, a multiplayer pass/play game and a multiplayer WiFi game. Add the features of an Xbox Live game (achievements, leaderboards, etc), stats tracking, customizable gaming parameters, customizable profiles and Trivial Pursuit is a fun, challenging game for your Windows Phone 7.x or 8 device.
There is a trial version available for Trivial Pursuit with the full version running $2.99. You can find Trivial Pursuit here in the Windows Phone Store.
Again, if we missed your favorite trivia oriented Windows Phone game feel free to toss out your recommendation in the comments below.