The Awesome Whiz Quiz is an enjoyable, fast-paced quiz game.
There are a lot of games out there for iOS that take some time to play in order for the player to feel as though they have achieved something. The Awesome Whiz Quiz is not that type of game.
The Awesome Whiz Quiz is a game that mixes logical reasoning and general trivia knowledge to give a fun, active game to players and decrease their daily boredom. It originally released on March 5, 2012, but until recently, it was only available in Italy. Version 2.3 was released on September 25, 2013 and includes:
- Redesigned graphics
- Addition of Test #5
- Addition of Multilingual test
- Bonus ‘Save Me’
- 10+ achievements
- New Game Center Leaderboards added
- Addition of shop for in-app purchases
- Addition of English
- Addition of French
When you start up the app, you are met with a start menu – start game, leaderboards, extra, achievements, info or options – along with an owl and some bubble wrap that you can pop by tapping your finger on it. When you start the game, you are met with a screen with a question an multiple choice answers – sometimes it’s multiple choice, sometimes it’s put these answers in the correct order. After you choose the correct answer, you move to the next question. This goes on until you choose an incorrect answer or you get to a break moment (after 13 questions). The goal is to ‘pass’ the quiz by getting to the end of it as quickly as you can. The timer runs from the moment you tap ‘start’ and the more time that passes, the lower your score.
Because it is a free app, there are ads at the bottom of the screen, which can get in the way when you are frantically trying to tap the correct answers. You do have the option for in-app purchases. The lifeline options – 50/50 and Save Me – are only available once and then you have to purchase more. You can play the game without lifelines, but they do come in handy.
When you fail the quiz you are playing, there is what is known as the ‘sad trombone’ sound effect signaling that you lost. This sound effect has always been funny to me and instead of feeling upset that I lost at the quiz, I end up laughing at the sound effect. It was a nice touch that I know not everyone will appreciate, but I sure did.
Something I noticed after the first time I failed was that the quiz stays the same – and I mean the exact same. Since the quiz scoring is based off of how quickly you answer the questions, if you have a good memory, you can rack up a pretty high score by zooming through the questions after you fail. I had my score over 500,000 in the first 26 questions just by failing and replaying the round.
Another feature I really like is that there are built-in break periods after so many questions. One’s brain does tend to get tired after so many speed questions. You have the option of taking a break or continuing. The timer pauses and you can continue at your leisure.
Something else that was a bit jarring was some of the punctuation. Because this app was originally released in Europe, there are a lot of different punctuation standards. For example, instead of 3.5 it uses a comma – 3,5. Again, since the points are determined by how quickly you answer, this threw me off because it wasn’t what I was used to seeing.
The Awesome Whiz Quiz is an enjoyable game and I recommend it to anyone looking for a bit of fun that doesn’t have to take a long time to reach an achievement.