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App Review: HQ Trivia


Trivia and puzzle fans, this one’s for you! Colin Kroll and Rus Yusupov, founders of Vine, are back with yet another viral app called HQ Trivia. Over half a million people log in to play against each other.

Officially launched in August in the United States, this game show app will suck you into a black hole of quiz games while dangling money prizes at the end of a stick. It’s as addictive as a casino game from the Strip.

Seems like a scam, doesn’t it? The thing is, you really can make money. These live games are hosted by Scott Rogowsky every day at 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. You’ll be given 12 multiple-choice questions and 10 seconds to answer one, so there’s no time to Google anything. The questions get harder the further you go and the prizes vary from $20 to $10,000, maybe even $20,000. If you get one question wrong, you are booted out empty-handed.

Now, how much money you make is up to two things: your intellect and how moody the app is. HQ Trivia, as aggravatingly addictive as it is, is full of glitches. Livestreams are delayed and rescheduled with no explanations. You may be kicked out of the game for obscure reasons. The app lags quite a bit too, which leads to frustration rather than a good time.

On top of all that, HQ Trivia asks for personal information like your phone number, which is okay, or your PayPal account information, which is not okay (but only if you win something.)

There is a 90-day window for you to claim your prize, and if you do not, HQ has the right to refuse to award the prize. The shadiest aspect is that you don’t know where the money for all these prizes is coming from.

This app seems exciting at first but you get stuck in an unhealthy cycle of ‘quiz, prize money, frustration, quiz, prize money…’ and so on. So, while you can make extra money, HQ Trivia is not worth the fuss.

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