2013-01-29 09:05:32 - Strivia is an innovative mix of strategy and trivia games.
Inspired by classic trivia games, Strivia is where board strategy meets trivia quizzes. Enjoy the classic trivia on a whole new strategy level. Advance through multiple 3D game boards filled with bonuses and traps; make use of powerful upgrades and unlock special questions.
Developed by Big Bolt Games ( bigboltgames.com/) for iPhone and iPad, Strivia is a classic trivia question - answers game wrapped up in another fresh, fun and entertaining layer of gameplay. Excelent questions and new gameplay are what make Strivia shining among a number of other trivia games and they works great together!
The core gameplay is as simple as in most games of this genre – get a question and four answers and choose a correct one. Strivia raises it to a new level by one simple addition. A player has to pass from start to finish on a hexagon field where each cell color represents the category of the question one has to answer. Correct answer unlocks a cell
and allows to progress farther and wrong answer burns that cell blocking some ways. This adds the whole area for interesting and creative decisions for players - choose a short way to reach your goal faster or maybe avoid some categories you aren’t familiar with; take a long way because you enjoy answering some categories or maybe risk and try to short-cut. Any player has some favorite categories and categories he isn’t familiar with, so it always requires strategy when planning a path from start to finish.
And why not to use the full power of board games if everything happens on a hexagon field? There are a number of exciting bonuses player can collect if unlocking bonus cells – from usual “bonus score” which simply adds to the score counter to useful “free cell” which allows unlocking another cell for free or dangerous “bombs” which explodes and block neighbor cells if not unlocking it within a limited number of turns. There are 13 different bonuses and all of them add fun to the game and require strategy to reach finish cells.
There are 15 game boards in the game and a player has to complete previous boards in order to unlock next one, each board with its unique shape and predefined features. But what makes them really great is that all these boards have a lot of randomly generated elements (including cells categories) and playing the same board again and again isn’t boring at all.
However any trivia game can’t be great without its centerpiece – questions. And Strivia made its homework perfectly well - questions are fun, challenging and enjoyable at the same time. Questions a player feels happy and proud when he knows an answer and feels thrilled when a question is more complex. Questions that not only challenge a player, but also tell a story, have multiple ways to find a correct answer and are fun to be read.
There are more than a thousand of questions in the game, divided into six categories: history, geography, technology, sport, literature and movies - so there are six cell colors on a board to choose between. Also questions are split into 3 levels of difficulty and this is just a simple choice at the start of a level, so a player can always adapt the game to his knowledge and erudition.
But the most fun and intriguing questions are used in a different way in Strivia. There is a special compelling and very hard question for each board on each level of difficulty and a player will get a detailed answer when successfully completing a level. Do you want to know which US president saw an UFO – complete first level on easy and you’ll get an answer.
Strivia has a lot of achievements, some of them are really challenging for those players who like to stay with the game for longer period of time. There is a thoughtful scoring system and players’ scores get into online leaderboards for all those players who like to compete with each other.
Game art is simple and beautiful and it looks great on both iPhone and iPad.
And the best news about Strivia is that the game is completely FREE. There are some additional advantages for players who will to spend some cash, but they never let players “cheating” questions. Player can get a correct answer by spending a crystal (the in-game currency), but only after he failed to answer a question correctly and cells are already blocked. The whole monetization is built around the fact that it cost some crystals to start a level and a player has to successfully complete that level to get a reward that will compensate the fee. But even if all crystals are gone one can just wait for a minute or two to start a level for free.
Being a trivia buff? Find Strivia in App Store and check how out how awesome the Strivia questions are and how exciting is to answer them on a hexagon board!